Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22...

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look...

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose...

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s...

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2015
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U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases

U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases
  Last week, federal judges heard class action lawsuits against Lyft and Uber that were brought forward by drivers who claim they are being misclassified as independent contractors.  The cases were heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  In both cases, the companies filed motions seeking summary judgement...
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Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL

Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL
  Florida unions and the state AFL-CIO are rallying against anti-worker legislation they believe is designed to “elbow them out” of local construction markets.  The bills, which are moving quickly through the legislature, would prohibit Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and local hiring ordinances. They are currently in committee where...
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Mar
2015
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Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in
  In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from...
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2015
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AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin's
  The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker.   The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants....
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Mar
2015
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7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday
  Last weekend, thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the state capitol in Charleston for the Mountaineer Workers Rising rally to protest the agenda of the state’s GOP.  Since taking power in January, Republicans have pushed for several pieces of anti-worker legislation, including prevailing wage repeal, increased funding for...
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Mar
2015
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Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI
  A jury in Michigan has found charter school founder Steven J. Ingersoll guilty on three counts of federal tax fraud.   Ingersoll was accused of diverting $704,000 of a $1.8 million bank loan intended for school construction to his personal bank account and failing to pay taxes on it.  Ingersoll’s wife and brother were also [&hellip...
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Mar
2015
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Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
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Mar
2015
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Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue
  Fort Wayne councilman John Shoaff has introduced a bill to restore some of the powers stripped from city workers when the city council ended collective bargaining last year.  While Shoaff’s ordinance will not restore collective bargaining per se, it will restore workers’ rights to join a union (without making it mandatory).  The...
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Mar
2015
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With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification
  In North Carolina, Wake County Republican Gary Pendleton is introducing a bill that would force heating and plumbing companies to properly classify their employees.  Pendleton’s bill would define misclassification and submit companies that misclassify to fines of $1,000 per affected worker and possible loss of license.  The move comes...
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Mar
2015
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New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers’ Compensation System

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers' Compensation System
  A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, places partial blame for the growing problem of income inequality on a faulty workers’ compensation system.  According to the Department of Labor (DOL), roughly 4 million serious...
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Mar
2015
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Nevada’s Prevailing Wage Volleyball Ends with Sand in Workers’ Faces

  A bill to suspend prevailing wage requirements on school construction projects passed the Nevada assembly on a 23-19 vote after some remarkable political volleying.  The bill also includes language that will allow school districts to rollover bond authority to pay for construction projects.   At one point, the bill was scrapped, only to...
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Mar
2015
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IL Gov’s Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks

IL Gov's Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks
  Following his failed executive order that would have halted the fair-share fees collected by Illinois’ public sector unions, Governor Bruce Rauner has pressed ahead by directing state agencies to withhold the fees from the comptroller’ office.  In response, the AFL-CIO and 26 unions that represent Illinois’ 40,000 state...
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