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...

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks,...

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program...

Ahead of Big Budget,

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out...

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Apr
2015
16

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers’ Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers' Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality
  A February 27th Executive Order (EO) by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf created the Advisory Group on Participant-Directed Home Care and set up a process for home care workers to elect a representative to discuss working conditions with state leaders.  Now, as the process moves forward amidst legal challenges, Pennsylvania Republicans are...
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Apr
2015
16

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor
  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22 vote, repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  12 Republicans bucked the extremists in their party and voted against repeal, but it was not enough to save the 80-year-old system.  House Republicans will now caucus to decide whether to...
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Apr
2015
16

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
15

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs
  Former Maryland National Guard member Kevin Burton is a proud veteran who has transitioned well to civilian life, becoming an electrician with the help of the Helmets to Hardhats program.   She spent six years in the military repairing ammunitions radar and left as a Specialist with a deep knowledge of electronics and troubleshooting...
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Apr
2015
15

Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral

Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral
  As legislative sessions come to a close, states across the country are seeing various proposals to fund major construction projects in hopes of rebuilding infrastructure and creating construction jobs.  While the projects and financial circumstances in each state differs, infrastructure is again reclaiming its place as a reliably...
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Apr
2015
14

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments
  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose repeal of the Common Construction Wage (CCW), Senate leaders decided to put off further discussion on the topic until later in the week.  HB 1019 would end the system that determines wages for publicly funded projects with price tags of $350,000...
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Apr
2015
14

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh…. (Prevailing Wage Edition)

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh.... (Prevailing Wage Edition)
  As the Wisconsin GOP moves forward with an attempt to repeal the prevailing wage, a new argument is afoot, one that wants reforms rather than repeal.  The labor movement and Democrats remain opposed to unnecessary tampering of any sort, and may not be too keen on these reforms. But there must be at least [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
14

Bipartisan Bill Would Tie Federal Infrastructure Funding to Veteran-Owned Contracting Mandates

  A group of lawmakers are pushing a bipartisan bill which will require states that receive federal funding for infrastructure projects to include veteran-owned businesses in their contracting processes.  H.R. 1694, the “Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act,” is being sponsored by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA),...
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Apr
2015
14

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity
  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, argues that the Illinois legislature must work to preserve the state’s nuclear power industry.  Illinois’ nuclear fleet is among the nation’s most efficient and employs 28,000 people, McGarvey, a member of the...
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Apr
2015
10

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor
  HB 1019 passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee by an 8-5 margin, meaning Republicans are one step closer to repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  All committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill except Sen. Ed Charbonneau, who joined Democrats in voting against the wage-crushing bill.   In order to...
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Apr
2015
10

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus
  In a hugely positive move for workers, the Long Beach City Council has voted unanimously in favor of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which will cover an estimated $28 million worth of construction.  The decision followed five months of intense negotiation.  The PLA will cover projects costing $500,000 or more and has a [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
10

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner’s Anti-Union Proposals

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner's Anti-Union Proposals
  Across Illinois, municipalities are rejecting the “Turnaround Agenda” of Governor Bruce Rauner, which calls for changes to the prevailing wage and workers compensation systems as well as the creation of as-yet unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” zones.  The agenda is being tackled by city councils after Brad Cole, Executive Director...
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