Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong...

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

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May
2016
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Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill
  Voters in Austin rejected an Uber-supported ballot initiative that would have allowed ride-sharing companies to self-regulate their drivers.  The initiative only managed 44% of the vote. Following the loss, Uber announced that it will end operations in Austin rather than abide by a city council ordinance which would have mandated...
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May
2016
10

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against “Right-to-Work”; Legal Argument Echoes Recent WI Ruling

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against
  The West Virginia AFL-CIO has announced that it will join a coalition of unions challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly enacted “Right-to-Work” law.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next 30 days.  Beyond debating the legality of “Right-to-Work,” known in West Virginia as the Workplace Freedom Act, the...
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May
2016
10

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
  The City of Minneapolis is poised to become the state’s first municipality to require paid sick leave for workers.  The Minneapolis City Council released details of the ordinance and announced a series of meetings and hearings that will end with a May 27th vote.  Credit for the progress of the ordinance has been given [&hellip...
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May
2016
10

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year
  The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $10 million in returned wages to over 17,000 wage theft victims in the first three months of the year.  The number exceeds the quarterly total of $9 million from last year and puts the state on pace to surpass its 2015 record [&hellip...
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May
2016
10

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program
  A moving pre-holiday Boston Globe article highlighted the wave of mothers entering the construction industry, aided in their career transitions by organizations like Building Pathways.  A 1983 Boston ordinance mandated that 10 percent of the workforce on city projects be made up of women. But by the year 2008 that number had only grown to...
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May
2016
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Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers’ Last Hope

Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers' Last Hope
  Paycheck protection — or “paycheck deception” as it is unaffectionately referred to by union workers — is one step closer to becoming a reality for public employees in Missouri after the state legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1891.  The Senate must now override the veto for the bill to...
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May
2016
6

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down
  The Ohio Senate has rejected Senate Bill 152, which would have both banned local hiring quotas and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects.  The move comes just days after the House voted in favor of the measure by a 51-42 margin.  In what should have been a sign of what was to [&hellip...
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May
2016
6

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers
  The 39,000 Verizon workers still on strike since mid-April have been given a revised “final” offer from the company, one which makes some concessions but does not come close to addressing their workers’ chief concerns.  In the revised offer, Verizon agreed to a wage increase of 7.5 percent, up from their previous offer of...
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May
2016
4

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far
  The organizations helping to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge had a lot to celebrate this week, as their impressive safety record and massive training efforts were quantified. The $4 billion project is a massive undertaking, and on Monday a reportable incident rate of 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower [&hellip...
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May
2016
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Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements

Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements
  For the first time, the size of the aerospace tax incentive that went to Boeing in 2013 has been made public, revealing $305 million in state taxes that were waived last year.  The numbers come from a required filing with the state’s Department of Revenue.   The Seattle Times was successful in overturning a [&hellip...
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May
2016
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In NLRB Complaint, CWA Claims T-Mobile Is Running a Fake Union to Bust Organizing Efforts

In NLRB Complaint, CWA Claims T-Mobile Is Running a Fake Union to Bust Organizing Efforts
  T-Mobile, the nation’s third largest telecommunications company, has been accused of forming a fake union in an attempt to thwart the increasingly successful efforts by Communications Workers of America (CWA) members to organize call center workers.  The tactic of creating a company-controlled union to hurt the efforts of an independent...
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May
2016
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Class Action Status, Settlement Granted in Latest Case of H-2b Visa Abuse, This Time in PA

Class Action Status, Settlement Granted in Latest Case of H-2b Visa Abuse, This Time in PA
  A lawsuit involving 94 H-2b visa holders who worked for an eastern Pennsylvania landscaping company has reached conditional certification of the settlement class, as well as a settlement.  According to the lead plaintiff, Rogelio Ortega Hernandez, Earth Care Inc. and its owners Scott and Kim Risbon failed to properly pay their temporary...
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