Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia...

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

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Jun
2012
11

The Troubles of Being a Step Ladder

The Troubles of Being a Step Ladder
This has to be the funniest low-budget, construction-related cartoon in the history of low-budget, construction-related cartoons. “I hate you, you’re not my real ladder!” Lotta LOLing going on over here...
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Jun
2012
11

Palermo’s Pizza Strike Press Conference Scheduled for Noon Today

Palermo's Pizza Strike Press Conference Scheduled for Noon Today
The workers who make Palermo’s Frozen Pizzas in a plant next to Milwaukee’s Miller Park are striking after their attempts at progress were met with threats and replacement workers. Accidents that led to amputations and horrible injuries yielded mild OSHA fines but no signs of policy change so workers decided to take a stand against...
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Jun
2012
11

Orlando VA Hospital Is the Site of $3 Million in Lost Wages, ABC Contractors In Over Their Heads

The mismanagement of a Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital currently being built near Orlando, Florida has left workers and contractors out to dry in the Sunshine State. What’s worse, many of these problems could have been avoided if the government-funded project had been built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) or any kind of arrangement with...
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Jun
2012
11

Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline? (Part 2)

Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline? (Part 2)
Roughly one year ago we published a piece, “Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline?” which assailed the presumably party-neutral site for a story claiming Mitt Romney “praised” labor despite his remarks centering on “union bosses” and “union CEOs.” It was a journalistic hatchet job of the most...
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Jun
2012
6

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?
Last night in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker survived the recall election. In exchange, Democrats gained control of the State Senate providing some symbolic balance in the legislature. But this wasn’t the victory progressives hoped for. Turnout and peer-to-peer mobilization were through the roof but what remains indefensible in the...
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Jun
2012
6

Verizon Laying Off 1,700 Despite Record Profits. IBEW Members Affected.

Verizon Laying Off 1,700 Despite Record Profits. IBEW Members Affected.
Despite record profits and executives who have raked in $350 million in the past five years, Verizon has announced layoffs of more than 600 workers in New England and New Jersey. This is part of a plan to reduce its workforce by 1 percent or 1,700 people through buyouts and layoffs. Affected members of the [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
6

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected
The second phase of the Dulles Metrorail expansion in Northern Virginia has become an unrelenting political game between the state’s Far Right GOP and worker representatives. The first phase of the project was built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) but the Virginia GOP is now holding up the second phase, refusing to move forward...
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Jun
2012
5

Sotheby’s Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified

Sotheby's Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified
42 art handlers who had been locked out by Sotheby’s will return to work as the auction house and Teamsters Local 814 came to an agreement last week. From Crains New York: The three-year deal, reached in the last week, boosts wages 1% in each year, lifts the starting salary to $18.50 an hour, and [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
5

The ABC’s Legislative Guides from 2009 and 2010 Contain Dozens of Bills Listed as “Property of ALEC”

When we stumbled across news on May 18th that the FBI was investigating the John Kasich administration for bribery relating to gubernatorial appointments we rushed to post and comment on what we’d read. Buried in the story, though, was mention of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a big business lobby that claims to represent...
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Jun
2012
5

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs…Again.

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs...Again.
The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in the House of Representatives. After 8 absent Democrats allowed a narrow initial 211-209 passage of language banning PLAs to sneak into the Department of Defense Authorization Bill despite 28 Republicans supporting labor’s position, another vote came up at...
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Jun
2012
4

Left Side of Truck Driver’s Face Ages Decades Faster Than Right Side. Should Trucking Companies Be Required to Supply Sunscreen?

Left Side of Truck Driver's Face Ages Decades Faster Than Right Side.  Should Trucking Companies Be Required to Supply Sunscreen?
When one thinks of the occupational hazards related to truck driving, skin cancer does not immediately come to mind. Crashes related to sleep deprivation, emotional trauma, even back pain and blood clots seem more likely on the surface. But anyone who has taken a long road trip only to find their left arm badly burned [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
4

CitiGroup Whistle-Blower Files Suit, Wins $31 Million Settlement

CitiGroup Whistle-Blower Files Suit, Wins $31 Million Settlement
The mortgage crisis has produced more than its fair share of villains, but along the way a few brave people have stood up to the wrongdoing and become heroes to those most affected by Big Bank indiscretions. One of those heroes is Sherry Hunt, an all-American girl who rose up the ladder of the mortgage [&hellip...
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