Fedex's Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

Fedex’s Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

  In California last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of 2,300 FedEx drivers...

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas...

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

  As the City of Toledo moves forward with a new sewer project, community and labor leaders...

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

  The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for...

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Aug
2014
6

GIFT GRIFT: “Pro-Troop” Charity Pretends to Shop for Soldiers, Instead Fundraises for the Tea Party

  In an exclusive for the Daily Beast, ProPublica writer Kim Barker exposes the “pro-troop” charity Move America Forward for misusing donations collected under the auspices of sending soldiers care packages.  After adopting a battalion, the Marines of Geronimo, the group started a fundraising drive claiming the care packages sent to the...
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Aug
2014
6

Massive Court Decision Clears the Way for High-Speed Rail in California

Massive Court Decision Clears the Way for High-Speed Rail in California
  In California, a panel of appellate judges decided that the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority can move forward with the sale of $8.6 billion in bonds to fund its new transportation network. The HSR line will stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles.   The ruling forces Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kinney to vacate...
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Aug
2014
6

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract
  The 13 unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition authorized a strike Monday night which could lead to a shutdown of ferry and bus services.  No date has been set for the action as the group hopes to continue negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.  More than [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
6

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov’s Extreme Anti-Union Stance

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov's Extreme Anti-Union Stance
  A video has surfaced of Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner promising members of the Tazewell County GOP that he will shut down the state government and conduct a mass firing of public workers if elected. The comments came during a dinner held by the organization.   Rauner suggests the move would help the [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
5

JUDGE: 1.3M “Essential Employees” Wrongfully Underpaid by U.S. During Government Shutdown

JUDGE: 1.3M
  Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Elaine Campbell-Smith has determined that the U.S. government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying 1.3 million essential workers “on time” during last year’s government shutdown.  Under the FLSA, workers are expected to receive minimum wages and overtime pay on...
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Aug
2014
5

REPORT: Thousands of Disabled Pennsylvanians Earning Average Wage of $2.40 an Hour

REPORT: Thousands of Disabled Pennsylvanians Earning Average Wage of $2.40 an Hour
  An investigation by Pittsburgh-based Public Source shows that roughly 13,000 disabled Pennsylvanians earn an average wage of $2.40 an hour.  Many of these low wage workers are employed by non-profits and much of the non-skilled work is considered training. As Richard Edley of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association told...
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Aug
2014
5

Walker, Burke Spar on Outsourcing as List of Co’s Who Took Incentives and Shipped Jobs Grows

  As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race heats up, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly hot topic. Now, revelations about companies receiving tax incentives only to outsource jobs at a later date are turning up the heat further: In the last decade, at least 25 companies with Wisconsin operations have both been awarded state funding and...
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Aug
2014
4

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story
  The new Campus Town project at The College of New Jersey is expected to bring 250 consturction jobs to Mercer County at its peak, according to representatives of the Mercer-Burlington Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).  Currently 65 percent of the workers at the site are from the region, making Campus Town a local [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
1

Act 10 Was Upheld in Wisconsin. May We All Bask in the Glow of the Dissenting Opinion.

  You’ve seen the (bad) news. Scott Walker’s trademark anti-union law, Act 10, was upheld by the state Supreme Court yesterday. No surprise there considering the court’s party affiliation, though the finality of the matter packs a bit more gut-punch this time around. So let’s all gather ’round the middle class...
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Aug
2014
1

A Billion Here, a Billion There: Bank of America Will Challenge Latest Mortgage Crisis Settlement

A Billion Here, a Billion There: Bank of America Will Challenge Latest Mortgage Crisis Settlement
  The Justice Department has ordered Bank of America to pay $1.27 billion for fraud that occurred at Countrywide Financial Corp., which sold bad loans to Freddie and Fannie Mac as part of a program it had named “Hustle.”  The program was designed to move mortgage products quickly with little regard for quality. It played [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
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With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit
  After concluding a funding round in which the company raised $50 million, web-based real estate brokerage firm Redfin will likely use much of the money to pay back wages to workers it has misclassified. So much for expanding operations.   A case currently before the Alameda County Superior Court claims that the company has [&hellip...
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Jul
2014
30

“When You Reason with Reasonable Republicans, They Will Support Working Family Issues.”

  Time and again the most extreme actors in the House of Representatives try to gut vital, decades-old wage protections, and time and again they are stopped. Such was the case earlier this month when 46 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against an amendment by Iowa looney bin stalwart Rep. Steve King which would have [&hellip...
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