With Contract Newly Expired, Women's National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

With Contract Newly Expired, Women’s National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

  On December 31, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the U.S. Women’s...

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin's

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Deemed Unconstitutional

  A federal judge has ruled that a portion of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is...

Exposé Reveals

Exposé Reveals “Years of Exposure to Highly Toxic Chemicals” at Ontario GE Plant

  The Toronto Star has published a shocking exposé on health conditions at a General Electric...

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing...

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Nov
2016
10

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal “Right-to-Work” Amendment

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal
  In one of the lone bright spots for the labor community on election night, Virginia voters rejected an amendment that would have enshrined the commonwealth’s “right-to-work” status in the state constitution. Virginia has had such a law since 1947, but the ballot measure would have made the law permanent, a uniquely...
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Nov
2016
10

Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Freelance Isn't Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers
  The City Council of New York unanimously passed legislation late last month designed to protect freelancers against wage theft. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act imposes stiff penalties on employers who fail to pay their freelancers promptly. It is an early attempt to contend with the policy challenges presented by the emerging “gig...
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Nov
2016
10

NLRB Rules Trump’s Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain

NLRB Rules Trump's Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to bargain with more than 500 of its recently unionized workers. Workers at the hotel voted to affiliate with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in December 2015 and Trump’s...
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Nov
2016
9

Obama’s Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open

Obama's Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open
  President Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order was scheduled to go into effect last week. Designed to protect low-wage workers on federal contracts, the EO says contractors must report their own labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Unfortunately, these provisions have been temporarily blocked by a...
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Nov
2016
9

$331M in Clean Water Infrastructure Spending Coming to Rural Areas in 39 States

$331M in Clean Water Infrastructure Spending Coming to Rural Areas in 39 States
  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA will invest $331 million into clean water infrastructure projects in rural communities. Of the 85 dedicated projects across 39 states, approximately half will go towards low-income StrikeForce counties. During the Obama Presidency, the USDA has invested $13.9 billion in 5,825...
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Nov
2016
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A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker’s Death

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker's Death
  Wilmer Cueva, the excavation supervisor overseeing the New York City construction site where a young worker was crushed to death last year, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The verdict was handed down Friday, with sentencing scheduled for December 16. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said companies and...
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Oct
2016
28

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip...
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Oct
2016
28

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA
  This summer, voters in Fairfield, California approved Measure J, a $249 million bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. This week, after much handwringing, the board of trustees agreed to put a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in place for all construction work funded by the measure: Trustees [met] with supporters and critics of...
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Oct
2016
28

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville’s Growth to Benefit Workers

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville's Growth to Benefit Workers
  Nashville is booming. Davidson County’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state at 3.8%. And the Nashville Business Journal recently found that the city’s wealthiest zip codes have grown wealthier over the past three years. Unfortunately, they also found the poorest have grown poorer during the same stretch....
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Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers...
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Oct
2016
27

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse
  West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice (D) appears to be in a strong position heading into election day. Polling gives Justice a double-digit lead over his chief rival, state Senate president Bill Cole (R). A Repass Research poll shows Justice running at 44% to Cole’s 33%. The Justice campaign released their own poll...
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Oct
2016
27

Building Trades: “Irresponsible Developers” to Blame for NYC’s Non-Union Construction Deaths

Building Trades:
  The City of New York saw yet another construction worker die on the job last week. The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a stop work order immediately after the accident, which occurred at a Brooklyn hotel site. New York City has experienced a slew of fatal construction accidents of late, prompting local building trades [&hellip...
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