Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to...

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

  A recent article from Yahoo! Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals that...

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified

  Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against reconsidering its...

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

  A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently ruled that T-Mobile U.S. is guilty of...

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Feb
2015
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DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

DISTRICT 9: OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator
  An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases.  Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers...
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Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
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Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the...
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Feb
2015
24

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform
  A West Virginia house committee heard testimony from nearly 30 people — including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin — about a controversial compromise bill that would dramatically alter the state’s prevailing wage system.  The bill started in the Senate as an outright repeal of the prevailing wage before the Republican hand was...
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Feb
2015
23

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Fast Tracking; $5.8B of Income Could Be Lost; Pair of Major AFL-CIO Rallies Planned

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker's
  On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans called for a special session to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill has been ‘fast-tracked’ by Governor Scott Walker, meaning the public will be unable to comment on the anti-worker bill.  Not surprisingly, given the nature of Wisconsin politics, the “Right-to-Work” bill being...
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Feb
2015
23

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW – 2014: They Work Without a Contract – 2015: ADT Locks Them Out

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW - 2014: They Work Without a Contract - 2015: ADT Locks Them Out
  Security company ADT has locked out 19 of its workers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and replaced them with “outside contractors.”  In 2013, the workers voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 342 and had been working while attempting to negotiate their first contract since.  Union...
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Feb
2015
23

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town
  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined officials from the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council to announce that labor unions have committed to a 24-hour/day, 5 days/week work schedule without overtime to build a new football stadium. This effort could keep the NFL’s Rams in the city.  Officials estimate that the agreement will...
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Feb
2015
20

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In the Wisconsin state legislature a host of Republicans have introduced a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage requirements for private contractors on public works projects.  The bill would leave intact language in the state’s law which bars local governments from setting their own prevailing wage.  The bill is also being...
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Feb
2015
20

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds
  A tentative agreement has been reached between FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 union members affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The workers had been on strike against the telecom giant since October 17th.   On Thursday, the unions and the...
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Feb
2015
19

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color
  The latest graduates of the Augusta Building Trade Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) are ready to take on the adventure of beginning a career in the building trades. Many of them could soon be employed on one of the nation’s largest construction projects. The program is a collaboration between North America’s Building...
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Feb
2015
19

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)
  A jury in Colorado has awarded seven plaintiffs nearly $15 million in a massive racial discrimination case.  Six of the plaintiffs are black and the seventh is a white whistleblower; they are all warehouse workers at Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., which handles mail for the United States Postal Service and private...
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Feb
2015
19

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP’s Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP's Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment
  In the state of Washington, a deal brokered by Republican Sen. Curtis King would raise the gas tax by eleven cents over three years while increasing fees and bond sales to raise $15 billion for the state’s transportation system.  But not everyone is convinced that the deal will actually work, as it may not [&hellip...
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