Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s...

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but...

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their...

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California...

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Mar
2016
14

Right-Wing Freedom Foundation Literally Going Door-to-Door to Bust Unions in Washington State

Right-Wing Freedom Foundation Literally Going Door-to-Door to Bust Unions in Washington State
  The Guardian writer Steven Greenhouse has broken a story about door-to-door union busting in the state of Washington, led by the right-wing Freedom Foundation.  The group sent out activists to visit more than 10,000 home health care workers and advise them that the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision means they can opt out [&hellip...
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Mar
2016
11

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses
  The El Paso City Council has passed an amendment to its existing wage theft ordinance that will allow it to withhold city licenses from businesses that have been found guilty of wage theft.  Prior to last night’s vote the city could only crack down on businesses that had contracts with the city.  The vote [&hellip...
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Mar
2016
11

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers’ Comp “Opt-Out” Law to Be Unconstitutional

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers' Comp
  Oklahoma state regulators have ruled that a law allowing employers to “opt out” of workers compensation is unconstitutional.  In their ruling, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission said that the “the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law were a water mirage on the highway that...
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Mar
2016
11

Chamber Sues Seattle to Halt On-Demand Driver Unionization; Uber Launches Phone Call Pressure Campaign

Chamber Sues Seattle to Halt On-Demand Driver Unionization; Uber Launches Phone Call Pressure Campaign
  When the city of Seattle passed first-of-its kind legislation to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to organize, a lengthy court battle was predicted.  Now, that shoe has dropped with the Chamber of Commerce (CoC) filing a lawsuit against the city over the ordinance. They argue that it violates federal antitrust laws: “Seattle and thousands...
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Mar
2016
10

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead
  It’s election week in Kentucky, and labor has something to celebrate. Democrats picked up three of the four seats that were up for grabs in a series of special elections, solidifying the statehouse balance of power for 2016.  What will this mean for workers? Importantly, the sweeping changes promised by new conservative Governor Matt...
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Mar
2016
10

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project
  In a recent op-ed for St. Louis Today, the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s Jeff Aboussie laid out the argument for diversifying the construction sector through the new headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The project, which might be located in North St. Louis, would allow the...
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Mar
2016
10

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles
  In a major victory for California’s proposed high-speed rail (HSR) system, a Sacramento judge ruled against its opponents who argued that plans for the project violated state law.  The decision is likely to be appealed.  For now, the momentum is in favor of the state’s $64 billion plan to connect Los Angeles and San [&hellip...
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Mar
2016
8

Veterans Groups, Labor Unions Volunteer to Renovate Paralyzed Marine’s Home in VA

Veterans Groups, Labor Unions Volunteer to Renovate Paralyzed Marine's Home in VA
  Over the weekend, 37 skilled tradesmen renovated the house of decorated Marine veteran Lance Cpl. Brandon Burn, who became partially paralyzed in 2004 while serving in Iraq.   The effort was a collaborative effort that involved union carpenters, electricians, painters and other workers who coordinated their efforts to make multiple...
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Mar
2016
8

1000s of SMART Union Members, Supporters, Rally for NJ Transit Contract 5 Years in the Making

1000s of SMART Union Members, Supporters, Rally for NJ Transit Contract 5 Years in the Making
  New Jersey transit workers, who have worked without a contract since 2011, may finally go on strike at 12:01 AM on March 13th unless a contract is agreed upon.  Last Friday, transit officials and union leaders met with the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C. This marked the third time that the parties met [&hellip...
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Mar
2016
8

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession
  An article in the Orange County Register has highlighted the growing number of apprenticeships in California.  The trend is being spurred by a perfect storm of construction needs and an aging workforce.  A push from state and federal agencies to promote apprenticeship programs as an alternative to a four-year degree has had an impact as...
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Mar
2016
7

MO “Paycheck Deception” Bill Likely; House, Senate Displaying Veto-Proof Majorities

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  The Missouri House of Representatives passed a “paycheck protection” bill on Friday by a 109-49 margin.  The anti-union bill, commonly referred to by workers’ rights advocates as “paycheck deception,” prohibits unions from deducting fair share fees from public sector paychecks.  A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon in...
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Mar
2016
7

House Members Announce Bipartisan, Pro-Worker Congressional Building Trades Caucus

House Members Announce Bipartisan, Pro-Worker Congressional Building Trades Caucus
  In a recent op-ed for The Hill, Congressmen Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and David McKinley (R-WV) announced a new bipartisan effort to better represent America’s skilled trades workers in the halls of Congress.  Both men come from trades backgrounds, with Norcross having been a union electrician in New Jersey and McKinley touting 50 years...
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