U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are...

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday...

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented...

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled...

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2015
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CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
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ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School’s Hiring of House Speaker

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School's Hiring of House Speaker
  Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration.  Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
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Misclassification of Electricians as Laborers Puts New Bedford Co. $125,000 in the Hole

  A New Bedford-based solar company has been ordered to pay over $125,000 in back wages and penalties for violations of Massachusetts’ prevailing wage and hinderance laws.  The office of Attorney General Maura Healey claims that  Cavallo-Cavallo, Inc., doing business as Beaumont Solar Co., and owner Phillip V. Cavallo should pay...
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Jun
2015
26

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods
  Speaking at a press conference, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called out special interests who are pushing for larger trucks on major highways and lax hours and service rules. He agrees with truck driver advocates that these are dangerous policy changes. Blumenthal was joined by highway safety advocates, families of highway accident...
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Jun
2015
26

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases
  Verizon Communications has offered a pay raise to its 38,000 East Coast wireline employees after starting its first negotiating session with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  The unions represent employees in nine eastern states and Washington D.C. who were covered...
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Jun
2015
24

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction
  The U.S. Senate has tentatively approved a measure which would prohibit the Veterans Administration (VA) from managing construction projects that carry a price tag of more than $100 million, instead placing the responsibility in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The move came as part of an amendment to the National [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
24

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers
  A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union election rule that went into effect on April 14th has sped up the election process and prevented employers from using stall tactics to delay votes, Labor Notes writes in a new piece analyzing the rule’s impact.  In theory, the new rule makes it so an election [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
23

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels
  New numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show the extent to which government has failed to adequately fund infrastructure construction and the effect this has had on the overall economy.  The new statistics show that total public construction spending is nearing Great Recession lows at a time when the American Society...
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Jun
2015
23

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation
  As we have written many times in the past, politicians on the right side of the ideological aisle are taking an increasing interest in preventing employee misclassification. Despite their motives differing from the pro-labor Democrats’ who originally spearheaded raised awareness of this issue, the signs of bipartisan agreement are...
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Jun
2015
23

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement
  A recent ruling that Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws by not correctly paying its truckers could force the company to face penalties exceeding $100,000,000.  The class of drivers argued that they were not compensated for mandatory activities and tasks such as inspecting and washing their trucks.   U.S. District Judge Susan...
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Jun
2015
23

In Important Last-Second Switch, OH Senate Committee Keeps Project Labor Agreements in Play

  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee softened House language which would have prevented Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.  The move was part of a series of amendments to the two-year budget plan.  A vote on the final Senate budget is expected soon.  If the changes remain in the Senate’s final budget...
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