Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law...

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in...

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Jun
2016
7

7th Circuit’s Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision

7th Circuit's Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision
  Late last month, the Seventh Circuit Court ruled against forced arbitration clauses as terms of employment in Lewis v. Epic Systems.  The case was monumental as it broke precedent with previous decisions allowing companies to implement brutally anti-worker policies.  The decision was a victory for workers and protected collective action....
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Jun
2016
7

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders’ Meeting

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders' Meeting
  Outside a recent Tesla shareholders meeting, members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada (BCTCNN) rallied against what they view as unfair hiring practices at the company’s gigafactory in Sparks, NV.  Inside, investors representing the union’s pension fund greeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a letter...
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Jun
2016
2

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship
  The Huffington Post recently featured the amazing story of 26-year-old Matias Ferreira, who lost both of his legs five years ago in Afghanistan. He has miraculously settled into a successful civilian life with help from the Helmets to Hardhats program.  The man who went from not being able to walk to being able to [&hellip...
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Jun
2016
2

Emails Between US Trade Rep. Froman and Wall Street Bankers Reveal New Degree of TPP Collusion

Emails Between US Trade Rep. Froman and Wall Street Bankers Reveal New Degree of TPP Collusion
  A series of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that there was collusion between big banks and the Obama administration in which Wall Street executives pushed hard for U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The emails were obtained by the group Rootstrikers,...
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Jun
2016
1

Third Time’s the Harm? ABC’s Petition Drive to Repeal MI’s Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN

Third Time's the Harm? ABC's Petition Drive to Repeal MI's Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN
  Without revealing whether or not they had enough signatures to press on (read: they probably didn’t), the anti-worker group attempting to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage announced it will not move forward with a petition to force the state legislature to vote on the issue or have it become a ballot initiative in the November...
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Jun
2016
1

Class Act: Big 7th Circuit Court Decision Protects Workers from Predatory Arbitration Clauses

Class Act: Big 7th Circuit Court Decision Protects Workers from Predatory Arbitration Clauses
  The Seventh Circuit Court has ruled that workers cannot be prohibited from bringing class action lawsuits against their employers, even if they signed a “forced arbitration clause” as a term of their employment.  The decision is the result of a case against medical software company Epic Systems, which forced its employees to sign over...
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Jun
2016
1

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory
  The contentious Verizon strike carried out by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has ended with both sides declaring victories on key points. 40,000 workers returned to their jobs yesterday as a result.   The four-year contract was agreed to in principle on Friday and...
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May
2016
27

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them
  In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor Agreements in Ohio, the city council of Toledo voted to make them mandatory on all public works projects over $100,000.  The decision was an easy one for the council, which voted 9-2 vote with the support of [&hellip...
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May
2016
27

Domino’s Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps “Joint Employer” Tag on Pizza Giant for Systematic Wage Theft

Domino's Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps
  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a lawsuit holding Domino’s Pizza liable for, among other things, being part of a systematic wage theft scheme which resulted in workers being underpaid in ten of its New York City stores.  The case is along similar lines as the potentially precedent-altering...
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May
2016
27

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports
  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will guarantee jobs for local workers, disadvantaged residents, and veterans on an estimated $717 million in port infrastructure projects over the next five years.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was agreed to by the Harbor Commission and the Los...
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May
2016
27

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs
  A suburban Chicago contractor is facing federal charges for failing to pay $1.5 million in prevailing wages to union workers on public works projects between 2008 and 2013. For his part of the scheme, Joseph Lampignano, owner of co-owner of A Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc., faces one count of mail fraud and up to 20 [&hellip...
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May
2016
24

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History
  Newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the percentage of foreign-born workers in the U.S. workforce is at a two-decade high. In 2015 there were 26.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.7 percent of the total.  The figure is the highest since the BLS began [&hellip...
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