“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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2014
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NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results
  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor, which aims to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agreement will allow the two parties to share information and coordinate law enforcement.  Misclassification hurts both...
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2014
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Fresno’s Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Ignorance of Prevailing Wage Reversed by City Council

  The Fresno City Council has voted to approve two measures which will repeal its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and require the prevailing wage to be paid on municipal public works projects.  The two measures bring the city in line with new state bills — SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7 — [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans...
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2014
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Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.
  Tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to include the expansion of L-1 and F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa programs as part of the president’s proposed series of executive orders concerning immigration.  The two programs are subject to very little regulation and have received hardly any scrutiny despite being used...
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2014
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San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers
  Members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393 have been picketing the One South Market apartment complex in San Jose, California, claiming that out of town, non-union contractors are being used on the $150 million apartment tower and being paid below the area’s prevailing wage.  Sacramento-based Iron Mechanical is currently installing...
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Nov
2014
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Building Trades, SEIU Secure Important Worker Protections for Queens, NY Waterfront Project

Building Trades, SEIU Secure Important Worker Protections for Queens, NY Waterfront Project
  The New York City Council and developers of Astoria Cove have agreed to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on a 1,700-unit luxury apartment complex that will be built on the Queens waterfront.  The deal, reached late Tuesday night, means the complex will be built by many construction workers affiliated with the local...
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Nov
2014
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Indiana Construction Unions Brace for Wage Law Repeal Fight in 2015

  In Indiana, labor groups and their affiliated workers are preparing for what many feel is an inevitable attack on the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) during next year’s legislative session.  A repeal of the law, which governs wages on public works projects and is similar to the “prevailing wage” for construction...
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Nov
2014
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The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker’s Actual Chances of Becoming President

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker's Actual Chances of Becoming President
  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his third election in four years this month, emboldening him in a crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary and putting union members across the country on edge about what such a presidency would mean for their livelihood.  Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke with 52 percent of the vote. Gov. Walker [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations

Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is charging that Cablevision and its CEO, James Dolan, illegally threatened to withhold employees’ raises unless they voted to decertify their union.  The NLRB has also ruled that Cablevision is bargaining in bad faith and that a poll conducted by the Honest Ballot Association at Dolan’s...
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Nov
2014
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Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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ACLU, Coalition of Unions File New Lawsuit Against Michigan “Right-to-Work” Law

  A new lawsuit brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a coalition of labor unions claims that Michigan officials violated the Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the Capitol building while “Right-to-Work” was debated and then passed in December of 2012.  The coalition filed a motion on [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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Kansas Supreme Court Becomes Latest Legal Body to Slam Fedex’s Misclassification Practices

Kansas Supreme Court Becomes Latest Legal Body to Slam Fedex's Misclassification Practices
  The Supreme Court of Kansas has ruled that workers classified as independent contractors by FedEx Ground were in fact employees entitled to the labor protections.  The case, Craig v. FedEx Ground Package Sys. Inc., used two separate tests to determine the legitimacy of the company’s claims that it was hiring independent...
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