Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia...

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

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Oct
2014
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Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada
  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that 147 workers hired by contractors to perform work on a federally funded solar power project in the Nevada desert will receive nearly $2 million in back pay.  The workers were subcontracted through a Henderson-based firm, Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, to provide construction services at the...
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Oct
2014
28

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine walked off the job when their employer FairPoint Communications declared an impasse in negotiations.  The workers’ contracts expired on October 2nd, but they...
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Oct
2014
28

Hallowean: 50K Young, Minority Georgia Voters Mysteriously Disappear from the Rolls

Hallowean: 50K Young, Minority Georgia Voters Mysteriously Disappear from the Rolls
  Georgia is widely considered open season for a political power shift this election season, and the fate of the state may rest in the hands of 90,000 newly registered voters, many of whom are minorities and people under the age of 25.  Registered in all 159 of Georgia’s counties by the New Georgia Project, [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
28

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting
  In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a public hearing about the possibility of offering property tax abatements to developers quickly became a call to ensure that construction jobs created by the move would pay prevailing wages and include female and minority contractors.  In order to spur job growth and promote the development of the city, Mayor...
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Oct
2014
28

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana
  In order to ensure that the region’s young adults can get proper information about careers in the construction trades, northwest Indiana unions invited counselors and teachers to tour training centers, like an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship facility, and learn about the training process and its...
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Oct
2014
27

Tech Co. Found Paying Indian Workers Lowest Wage DOL Has Ever Seen, Gets Measly $3500 Fine

  A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL) showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks.  The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology (IT) services and paid them their regular [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
27

Reporter Quits Chicago Sun-Times Citing GOP Gov Candidate’s Undue Influence Over the Paper

Reporter Quits Chicago Sun-Times Citing GOP Gov Candidate's Undue Influence Over the Paper
  In an update to a story about Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner “earning” the endorsement of the Chicago Sun-Times, the reporter who claimed the Rauner campaign attempted to meddle with his position at the company after he wrote a negative Rauner story has quit.  The reporter, 19-year veteran Dave McKinney, hired a...
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Oct
2014
27

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women
  In Washington state, a non-union International Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprenticeship program was recently shut down due to discrimination against women.  Nicole Grant, Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington and a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, wrote about the unfortunate...
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Oct
2014
27

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) has announced that a May inspection of Quest Specialty Coatings in Menomonee Falls, WI resulted in the issuing of eight safety violations and $132,000 of proposed penalties.  The inspection was conducted after OSHA received a complaint about three separate fires at the facility.  Of...
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Oct
2014
23

Indiana Unions Continue to Report Extremely Limited Impact of “Right-to-Work” Law

  Under the guise of job creation, the Indiana legislature passed union-busting “Right-to-Work” legislation in 2013.  But more than a year later, many unions remain unaffected with the vast majority of members continuing to pay dues.  Other than state politicians scoring right-wing points with national donors, the law has been...
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Oct
2014
23

“Money Is More Important for Men,” Says WI Candidate Who Will Likely Win a House of Reps Seat

  Right Wing Watch (RWW) has released their list of five GOP extremists that could be heading to Congress next year and on that list is everyone’s favorite anti-union Wisconsinite, Glenn Grothman. Grothman is running for Congress in the 6th district where he has been unable to get the endorsement of the outgoing Republican.   Speaking...
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Oct
2014
23

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding
  Speaking at the “America Answers: Improving How We Get From Here To There” event hosted by the Washington Post, Vice President Joe Biden used a downright angry tone as he scorned the US for scrimping on infrastructure spending.  The event brought together politicians, experts, and business leaders to discuss the future of...
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