HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the...

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging...

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to...

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a...

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Jul
2016
20

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice
  Hundreds of young men camped out on the streets of New York City last weekend waiting for applications to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program in Queens. The applications were distributed on Monday morning to the first 1,000 people in line. The immense popularity of the program meant not everyone could get their hands on one: Signs...
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Jul
2016
19

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You…Five Years in Jail

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You...Five Years in Jail
  Two Florida men are (potentially) looking at five-year jail sentences for processing $7.4 million in payments to undocumented construction workers. Yamil Sanjurjo Cordero and Sandro Mendoza Alvarado used their company, Sunrise All Contractor Corp., as a shell company to receive payment and cash checks on behalf of other companies for a...
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Jul
2016
19

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees
  In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board determined that temporary workers can participate in the same collective bargaining units as full-time employees, and they can do so without consent from the employer or temporary agency. The decision overturns two previous rulings on the issue: Until now multi-employer bargaining has...
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Jul
2016
15

Cuomo Boosts NY’s Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year

Cuomo Boosts NY's Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year
  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s valiant crusade against unemployment continues with a $30 million investment in statewide pre-apprenticeship construction job programs. The Urban Youth Jobs Program uses a tax-credit incentive system to connect minority and at-risk youth with job opportunities. Cuomo’s announcement brings total...
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Jul
2016
15

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort
  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just won $2.3 million for Jamaican guest workers who were cheated out of wages by a high-end South Carolina golf resort. The settlement will benefit upwards of 240 temporary foreign visa workers who were scammed by the Kiawah Island Inn Golf Resort outside Charleston: The SPLC filed the class action...
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Jul
2016
14

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation
  Blame Bush. Blame Bondi. Blame Florida’s spineless Republican party. It has been five years since the state of Florida held an employer responsible for violating the minimum wage. Florida, which hasn’t had a Department of Labor since Jeb Bush dismantled it in the early 2000s, relies on the office of their useless attorney...
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Jul
2016
14

IL Gov’s Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations

IL Gov's Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s latest attempt to stifle due process was shot down last week. The Illinois Labor Relations Board denied his unorthodox request to bypass a legal recommendation and skip straight to the board declaring negotiations with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council...
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Jul
2016
14

Workers’ Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii

Workers' Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii
  Hawaii has increased the penalties for employers who do not to adhere to state labor laws. On July 1, Gov. David Ige approved stricter punishments for companies who fail to meet the requirements for workers’ compensation insurance, temporary disability insurance, and breaking prevailing wage laws on public construction...
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Jul
2016
13

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won’t Pay Prevailing Wages

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won't Pay Prevailing Wages
  A Sussex County judge has ruled that the University of Delaware is not subject to the state’s prevailing wage law. Judge Richard F. Stokes determined that the state school is not a subdivision of state government and therefore does not have to pay the prevailing wage to workers on construction projects: The judge noted that the...
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Jul
2016
13

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project
  U.S. Senator Dick Durban (D-Il) is not happy. And neither is the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council, for that matter. Against the urging of both parties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a project on the Wood River Levee in Wood River, Illinois to a contractor with no Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in...
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Jul
2016
13

Just Fines? OSHA Boosts Penalties 78%, Can Still Only Whack First-Time Serious Violators for $12,471

Just Fines? OSHA Boosts Penalties 78%, Can Still Only Whack First-Time Serious Violators for $12,471
  Starting August 1, companies will be paying a whole lot more for workplace safety violations. 78% more, in fact. Will this finally make the fines prohibitive for employers? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) raised the maximum penalty for serious violations to $12,471 from $7,000, raised the fine for willful and...
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Jul
2016
11

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.
  A “zombie entity” is running amuck in San Diego. So says Murtaza Baxamusa, former board member of Civic San Diego, the “zombie entity” in question. The organization approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown and surrounding communities. San Diego’s is the...
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