Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

  Union ironworker Randy Bryce has gained the support of the Wisconsin Democrats for a run at...

A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

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2014
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Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration

Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration
  The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) strike is wrapping up its second week and the Burlington community its bus drivers serve is increasingly siding with the workers, who are Teamsters.  At a meeting of the Burlington City Council on Wednesday the supporters filled the stairwells of the building, chanting, “Get up, get...
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Mar
2014
28

Nearly 1000 Protest “Right-to-Work,” Paycheck Deception, Wage-Slashing at Missouri Capitol

Nearly 1000 Protest
  Close to a thousand union members joined at the Missouri state capitol this week to protest “Right-to-Work” legislation currently being considered by the legislature.  House Speaker Tim Jones has made anti-union legislation a top priority with three harmful bills being considered.   Speaking to the gathered crowd, Governor Jay Nixon...
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Mar
2014
28

VT Republicans Using Procedural Gamesmanship to Delay Wage Protections for Construction Workers

  In Vermont, a bill that would align state prevailing wage rates with federal standards laid out in the Davis-Bacon Act was subject to a last minute procedural maneuver that will send it to the House Appropriations Committee, delaying its progress.  The bill, H.878, has the backing of the Democratic caucus as well as the ...
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Mar
2014
28

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas
  Unions in Minnesota are coming to the aid of their neighbors in the Dakotas where a need for skilled labor is growing as the region’s oil boom creates job after job. 76,000 jobs are expected by the year 2020.   Launching the Dakota Construction Careers Campaign, six Minnesota-based construction unions will host a series ...
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Mar
2014
28

Study: Union Pre-Apprenticeship in NYC Bringing Tremendous Diversity to the Trades

Study: Union Pre-Apprenticeship in NYC Bringing Tremendous Diversity to the Trades
  A new study, “Expanding Opportunity for Middle Class Jobs In New York City: Minority Youth Employment in the Building and Construction Trades,” outlines the benefits of pre-apprenticeship programs for regional economies and skilled trade development.  The study was written by Ester Fuchs and Dorian Warren, both political science...
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Mar
2014
27

SMART Gets 28 Laid-Off Union Hopefuls Their Jobs Back

  Laid-off workers in Tucson have scored a victory in court after a federal judge ordered their former employer, Greenbriar Rail Services, to reinstate 28 employees.   U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata also ordered the company to begin negotiations with SMART, the union which was trying to mount an organizing drive when the company ...
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Mar
2014
27

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize
  In a decision that could alter the role of ‘student-athletes,’ the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director in Chicago ruled that Northwestern football players are employees of the university and have the right to organize with a union and collectively bargain.   In a 24-page decision, NLRB regional director Peter...
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Mar
2014
27

United in Rare Admin Opposition, Tea Party GOP and Labor Unions Shout Down TVA Privatization

United in Rare Admin Opposition, Tea Party GOP and Labor Unions Shout Down TVA Privatization
  An item in President Obama’s budget proposal which spells p-r-i-v-a-t-i-z-a-t-i-o-n to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has brought about criticism from a broad range of political actors.  A shining example of FDR’s New Deal, the TVA provides power to 9 million customers across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North...
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Mar
2014
26

WI DMV Official Likens Immigrants to “Satan.” Gov Walker Lies About Firing Him. Official Sues Gov.

WI DMV Official Likens Immigrants to
  Among Gov. Scott Walker’s reasons for enacting Act 10 was that collective bargaining made it too hard for him to hire and fire the right people.  But Walker is now facing a situation in which he cannot shake his administration of a bad employee, Act 10 or not.   The former employee, Steve Krieser, ...
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Mar
2014
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Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy
  An article from The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green argues that “Downton Abbey Democrats may cost the party the Senate,” noting that while the environmentalist elite oppose Keystone XL, the project has a broad approval rating that crosses party lines.   It is difficult to gauge whether the ire of environmentalists amounts to much ...
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Mar
2014
25

Take Me to Hire Ground: “Labor Shortage” Allegations Now Being Disputed in Asia, Too.

  There’s something happening here. And what it is, is…kind of becoming exactly clear. For the past few years, Canadian and American labor organizations from industries including construction have denied claims that a labor shortage exists in their respective countries. Therefore, they do not see a need for foreign workers to be...
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Mar
2014
25

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed’s Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed's Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News
  In late February, WPRI 12 in Providence aired a segment about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that featured a “local non-union contractor” arguing that the agreements give an unfair advantage to unions.  The contractor was Anne Powers, President of American Tele-Connect and a director of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...
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