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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Oct
2016
25

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377
  Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the passage of Bill C-4 through the House of Commons last week. The bill aims to repeal anti-labor legislation, most notably Bill C-377, passed by the previous administration during a prior legislative session. C-377 aggressively targets labor unions with onerous bookkeeping and...
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Oct
2016
25

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers’ Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers' Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race
  According to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) is currently trailing Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan by eight points. It’s one of a handful of races that could determine whether Democrats are able to retake the Senate in November: The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and...
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Oct
2016
25

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future
  Earlier this month, U.S. scientists stumbled upon a way to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas that results from burning fossil fuels and contributes significantly to global warming. Ethanol is a far cleaner energy source that many, including the United States and Chinese governments, see as an...
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Oct
2016
20

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana
  In Indiana, a St. Joseph County Council committee has been grappling with a bill that would give an advantage to local firms bidding on public works projects. After approving the bill 4-2 along party lines, the committee sent the “Responsible Bidder Ordinance” to the full county council for a vote, only to have the [&hellip...
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Oct
2016
20

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects
  UPDATE: The resolution has been voted on, but results have been difficult to come by. We will update this post when more information is available. The Oakland City Council is voting on a resolution that would guarantee jobs to African-American and female workers on all city-funded construction projects. Both demographics have typically...
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Oct
2016
20

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops: “Workers Standing Up to this Corporate Bully”

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops:
  The Teamsters scored a couple victories in their ongoing battle to organize XPO Logistics. In a 72-49 vote last week, XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, Connecticut, became the first of the company’s warehouse workers to unionize in the United States: “This is all about us workers standing up to this corporate bully and...
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Oct
2016
19

Attack on Rural NC Political Office Results in Odd Admission of Ballot Tampering by GOP

Attack on Rural NC Political Office Results in Odd Admission of Ballot Tampering by GOP
  Last Sunday, the Republican Party headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, was firebombed by an unknown assailant. Shortly after, GOP spokeswoman Emily Weeks claimed “materials inside, possibly including completed absentee ballots, may have been destroyed.” Unfortunately, holding absentee ballots in the GOP headquarters is...
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Oct
2016
19

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey’s Interlake Tunnel Project

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey's Interlake Tunnel Project
  In August, the debate over funding for the $78.2 million Interlake Tunnel project in Monterey, California began to heat up. A $10 million state grant tied to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) hung in the balance. But last week, the county water resources agency staff recommended the Board of Supervisors accept the funding:...
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Oct
2016
19

Perez Slams Workers Comp System: “Federal Gov’t Has Basically Abdicated any Responsibility.”

Perez Slams Workers Comp System:
  A new report from the Department of Labor describes the current state of workers’ compensation laws as a “race to the bottom.” The report, released earlier this month, suggests workers injured on the job are “at great risk of falling into poverty” because state compensation programs have become grossly inadequate....
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Oct
2016
14

Party On: MO AFL-CIO Endorsing Republicans Who Will Help Defeat “Right-to-Work”

Party On: MO AFL-CIO Endorsing Republicans Who Will Help Defeat
  In a break from tradition, the Missouri AFL-CIO has endorsed a handful of Republican state lawmakers in the upcoming November election. Though the organization mostly skews Democratic, this year they have endorsed 13 Republicans in the House and two Republicans in the Senate with the expectation that these candidates will oppose...
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Oct
2016
14

Philadelphia City Council Expands Prevailing Wage to Service Workers in Public Buildings

Philadelphia City Council Expands Prevailing Wage to Service Workers in Public Buildings
  The Philadelphia City Council voted last week to expand its prevailing wage ordinance. The updated rules will set fair wage and benefits standards for service workers in publicly subsidized buildings. Previously, the law only applied to those working in large residential and commercial buildings: The existing law guarantees prevailing wage...
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Oct
2016
14

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job
  Earlier this month in Multnomah County, Oregon, construction workers broke ground on a $300 million court house. The project is expected to be completed in 2020 and employ more than 500 building trades workers. Thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) negotiated by the Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council (CPBCTC),...
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