Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a...

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield...

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co's Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co’s Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation

  Amidst an extended contract dispute with Verizon in the U.S., the Communications Workers of...

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Apr
2016
19

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak
  On Monday, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) began their annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. 3,000 delegates representing more than a dozen trades were in attendance to network, hear remarks from lawmakers and industry leaders, and attend workshops so they can return to their local unions with new resources...
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Apr
2016
13

WI “Right-to-Work” Law Thrown Out by Lower Court Just as Higher Court Gets More Conservative

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  A state court judge threw out Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” law in a case brought forward by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061, and United Steelworkers District 2. The ruling sets up a state Supreme Court showdown which will put the entrenched dark money interests that run the state’s political scene on public...
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Apr
2016
13

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites
  A bill that would drastically change the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio on Michigan construction sites in the electrical profession has passed the State Senate and awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder.  In January, the House version of the bill, HB 4813, passed by a 58-48 margin.  HB 4813, opposed by the Michigan Building and...
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Apr
2016
13

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon
  Nearly 40,000 unionized Verizon workers went on strike this morning, from Virginia to Massachusetts, having not reached a fair contract by the 6AM deadline.  Negotiations began in June of 2015. The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), worked...
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Apr
2016
11

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years’ Worth of Projects in SF

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years' Worth of Projects in SF
  The members of the unions that make up the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council will see steady work for years to come thanks to a series of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with developer Forest City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).  The BCTC is also close to finalizing a PLA [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
11

Misclassification and the “1099 Economy” Create Angry Voters, Shift Social Safety Net Burden

Misclassification and the
  With Tax Day rapidly approaching, the time is now to confront the harsh drawbacks of the “on-demand economy,” or as David Dayen labels it in The New Republic, “the 1099 economy.” Dayen describes how financial uncertainties have created a wave of angry voters and how none of the presidential candidates are focused on...
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Apr
2016
11

“Life-Changing” Conference Introduces Building Trades to 400 Young Women from Massachusetts

  Over 400 young women from 18 different high schools participated in the first Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair, held at the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 in Dorchester.  The encouraging event was organized by the Massachusetts Girls in Trade Advisory Group, made...
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Apr
2016
8

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory
  The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v Michelle Braun, a class action lawsuit which the retail giant was ordered to pay $187.6 million in backpay for rest breaks and off-the-clock work that the company’s policy mandated.  The court decision is a victory for workers, but [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
8

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High
  In a recent deep-dive for In These Times, writer Spencer Woodman looked at how conservative state legislatures are going against the will of their constituents by crafting preemption laws in response to any progressive policy initiatives.  Using the example of the Tennessee legislature stopping a widely supported ballot initiative in...
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Apr
2016
8

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign
  In Binghamton, NY the city council is deciding how it will move forward following the resignation of councilmember Bill Berg, who left his position last week as part of a plea deal with the Broome County District Attorney’s office. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental administration was the impetus.  The charge stems from...
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Apr
2016
6

Oregon’s Surprising “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiative Actually Has a Shot, with a Twist

Oregon's Surprising
  Prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the subsequent pro-worker ruling in Friedrichs v. CTA, it was fairly easy to overlook the “Right-to-Work” ballot initiative heading for Oregon in November.  A SCOTUS ruling against CTA in Friedrichs would have created a de facto “Right-to-Work” law on the national level...
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Apr
2016
6

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases
  A group of documents uncovered by The Center for Media and Democracy show that support for a minimum wage increase among Chamber of Commerce (CoC) members is actually very high despite the group’s staunch opposition to any attempt to raise it.  The data comes from a survey of 1,000 business executives conducted by Luntz [&hellip...
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