A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

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Mar
2014
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New IBEW Ad Links Union Pride, American Advancement

  A new ad from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) began running on channels such as ESPN and CNN recently. The spot touts the accomplishments of unionized electricians and their contributions to the American economy.  “Proudly American, Proudly Union” shows the value of quality work and puts a face to the...
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Mar
2014
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California “Independent Contractor” Ruling Could Be Game-Changer for Trucking Industry

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  Port truck drivers in Long Beach and Los Angeles scored a major victory on Friday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important employee misclassification decision which set a precedent that could reshape the industry.  The victory is another step in the right direction for truckers labeled “independent...
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Mar
2014
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With Construction Boom Ahead of Them, Western PA Tradesmen Tout Union Apprenticeship as Valuable Alternative to College

With Construction Boom Ahead of Them, Western PA Tradesmen Tout Union Apprenticeship as Valuable Alternative to College
  The cost of college tuition rose at an alarming rate over the past three decades and, until recently, awareness about the brutal impact of this trend was not keeping pace. That has changed of late, with students, organizations and politicians speaking out against sky-rocketing rates while offering plans to stem higher education’s bank...
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Mar
2014
21

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way
  The City of New York has agreed to pay $98 million in back pay to entry-level minority firefighters who claimed in court that institutional biases were used to keep them off the job.  The case, United States of America and Vulcan Society Inc. vs. City of New York, signals a sharp shift from Mayor ...
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Mar
2014
21

Want to Know What’s Wrong With National Politics? Look No Further Than Smalltown PA.

Want to Know What's Wrong With National Politics? Look No Further Than Smalltown PA.
  A recent op-ed on a small Pennsylvania news site gets to the core of an issue that many union members, tired of their representatives obeying a moneyed national agenda while ignoring the issues that effect them, are facing.  The Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council (BLCLC) piece criticizes State Rep. Jim Christiana’s loyalty to...
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Mar
2014
21

DISH Network to Pay Employee a Quarter Million Dollars for Retaliatory Firing

DISH Network to Pay Employee a Quarter Million Dollars for Retaliatory Firing
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered DISH Network to pay over $250,000 in fines and penalties after blacklisting an employee who reported a vendor for fraudulent invoices.  DISH Network will pay the employee $157,024 in back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages.  The actions taken by DISH Network...
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Mar
2014
21

Unions Label NM Gov’s De Facto ‘Right-to-Work’ Talk a “Declaration of War”

Unions Label NM Gov's De Facto 'Right-to-Work' Talk a
  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has one goal in 2014: Make Nikki Haley blush. The first-term governor has announced a policy shift that unions are calling a “declaration of war.”  Speaking to a group of commercial real estate developers, Martinez said she wants to stop union dues from being automatically drawn from American...
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Mar
2014
20

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers “Trying to Raise Children on Their Own.”

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers
  Ben Casselman of the newly independent FiveThirtyEight.com has decided to crunch the numbers surrounding who exactly will benefit from a raise in the minimum wage.  Republicans are fond of claiming those who earn the nation’s lowest wages are teenagers and people seeking supplemental income.  Democrats contend that the minimum wage...
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Mar
2014
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Minor Hike in Construction Wages Coming to Maryland Despite Predictable GOP Opposition

  Two prevailing wage bills are on their way to final passage in Maryland and likely to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley.  The bills, SB 232 and HB 727, would lower the threshold for mandating prevailing wages on school construction projects. The new law would mean any project that receives 25 percent ...
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Mar
2014
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Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov’t

Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov't
  In Burlington, Vermont nearly 70 bus drivers have gone on strike hoping to receive a fair contract from management.  The drivers are represented by Teamsters Local 597 and work for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA).  Chittenden County is Vermont’s most populated county. As we wrote earlier this month, drivers voted...
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Mar
2014
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Shameful Anti-Union Walmart Indoctrination Video Makes the Rounds Online

A Walmart orientation video making the rounds on Reddit shows that from the time an associate is hired they are indoctrinated with the company’s anti-union policies.  As the narrator states in the video, “Every job has its ups and downs and a union can’t change that fact.”   As you can see, Walmart associates are ...
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Mar
2014
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WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session “Ridiculous,” Voter Fraud “Not a Problem”

WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session
  An editorial from the Appleton Post-Crescent attempts to clarify the issue of Voter ID in Wisconsin, slamming Gov. Scott Walker for calling a special session of the legislature in order to change the law while more pressing matters, like disastrous job numbers, face the state.   Interestingly, the board originally supported the Voter ID ...
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