French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

  Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP,...

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and...

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO...

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new...

Don't Drink the Tea. Think With the WE.
Jun
2015
5

58 Misclassified Plumbers and Pipefitters Awarded Back Wages for U.S. Army Work in Hawaii

58 Misclassified Plumbers and Pipefitters Awarded Back Wages for U.S. Army Work in Hawaii
  A recent federal investigation found that a California-based HVAC subcontractor must pay $99,681 in back wages and penalties to 58 workers who worked on three U.S. Army projects in Hawaii between 2011 and 2013.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Critchfield Pacific Inc. misclassified plumbers and pipefitters as...
Read More
Jun
2015
5

Construction Workers Counter de Blasio’s Talking Points with Rally, Assemblymen Speeches

Construction Workers Counter de Blasio's Talking Points with Rally, Assemblymen Speeches
  With the 421-a tax abatement debate heating up Albany and the New York papers, hundreds of construction workers flooded East Capitol Park demanding lawmakers include prevailing wage provisions in any 421-a renewal.   Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are odds over the issue, with Cuomo supporting construction...
Read More
Jun
2015
2

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-union rhetoric and resolve will be tested in the leadup to June 30th, the date that a contract with 38,000 state employees expires and a statewide strike or lockout could ensue.  Contentious negotiations between the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal...
Read More
advert
Jun
2015
2

Cuomo Jabs de Blasio Over Prevailing Wage Cuts for NYC Construction Workers

Cuomo Jabs de Blasio Over Prevailing Wage Cuts for NYC Construction Workers
 ...
Read More
Jun
2015
2

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized… $7000

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized... $7000
  OSHA has cited the WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City, Wisconsin for a serious violation following the death of a worker who got her head caught in an unsafe dumbwaiter.  The penalty?  A paltry $7,000. The incident occurred on December 1st, 2014. Brooke Baures, an employee at the bar who also attended nearby [&hellip...
Read More
Jun
2015
1

Crucial Bonds OK’d for $675M American Dream Project; Labor Agreement Already in Place

Crucial Bonds OK'd for $675M American Dream Project; Labor Agreement Already in Place
  The East Rutherford Borough Council recently advanced $675 million in bonds to help the American Dream Meadowlands project, a mixed-use retail development that will be constructed under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  Over 150 members of local trades unions packed Borough Hall to capacity in support of the project.   Rick Sabato,...
Read More
Jun
2015
1

Large CA Insurance Co. Laying off 2000 Workers, Rehiring Them as Independent Contractors

Large CA Insurance Co. Laying off 2000 Workers, Rehiring Them as Independent Contractors
  California company Health Net Inc. has informed the state’s Employment Development Department that they intend to lay off 2,000 workers and rehire them as contractors through a subcontractor.  The layoffs are effective June 26th. The company asserts that no worker will be left jobless, but the consulting firm responsible for executing...
Read More
Jun
2015
1

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency
  The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will pay $80 million in back wages and penalties for their failure to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The decision resolves a grievance brought forward by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) in [&hellip...
Read More
May
2015
29

Overcrowding Forces CA School District to Do the Right Thing Regarding Construction Hiring

  The Salinas Union School Board voted in favor of using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of a new high school, a move they believe will ensure local contractors are hired.  The board made the decision by a 5-1 margin, following a $128 million bond to fund school construction and improvements approved by [&hellip...
Read More
May
2015
29

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects
  Despite private construction picking up in the South Bay, many local construction workers are being left out the equation.  In response, a labor-backed effort to voluntarily use local labor and apprentices is gaining steam in Sunnyvale, California.  An ordinance, which would be the first of its kind in the region, could change the shape...
Read More
May
2015
29

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects
  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a divisive game with New York City’s labor unions as he works towards reforming the 412-a tax abatement program that is set to expire on June 15th.  The program grants tax abatements to developers who build and preserving affordable housing units in the city. It costs [&hellip...
Read More
May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...
Read More