FedEx's Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals

FedEx’s Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals

  A federal court has ruled that misclassified employees can recover monetary damages under...

United's Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They're Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

United’s Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They’re Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

  In order to “keep their costs competitive,” United Airlines will lay off 100 workers at...

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to...

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission's Democratic Primary

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission’s Democratic Primary

  Growing up we’re taught to be all we can be, to push ourselves to become leaders, and...

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Sep
2014
8

Quarter Million Dollar Prevailing Wage Payout Coming to Mistreated NY Construction Workers

  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
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Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project
  This is a cross post from the United Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA)… Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with Union...
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Sep
2014
5

Behind the Veil: Secretly Recorded Captive Audience Meetings Expose Big Company Anti-Unionism

  For some unfortunate workers, a job at a big company means having to sit through captive audience meetings where employer representatives tell you that, “you have the right to organize, but it would be a very bad idea.”  A new trend of workers secretly recording these meetings, however, could expose this flawed though legal [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
5

TJ Maxx Misclassified Managers Lawsuit May Only Be the Beginning for Busting Big Retailers

TJ Maxx Misclassified Managers Lawsuit May Only Be the Beginning for Busting Big Retailers
  TJX, the parent company of discount retailer TJ Maxx, is currently facing a lawsuit from their assistant managers who claim they were misclassified in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under the FLSA, workers are required to be paid the minimum wage and time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40 per week [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
4

CA Bill Aims to Protect Temps, Hold Parent Co.’s Responsible for Subcontractor Wage Theft

  The California legislature has passed a bill that will hold companies responsible for wage theft and labor violations that occur when they use subcontractors or temporary workers.  Assembly Bill 1897, introduced by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina), seeks to address labor concerns that have arisen since the post-recession...
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Sep
2014
4

“You People”: Gov. Snyder Advisor Threatens MI AFL-CIO Pres. with Suit Following Op-Ed

  Things are getting tense for the Rick Snyder administration ahead of the Michigan gubernatorial election home stretch. So tense, in fact, that one member of his cabinet has been leaving threatening voicemails to members of the AFL-CIO. The reason for the threats? They expressed their opinions.   At the center of the controversy is [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
4

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified
  A new report from the Economic Roundtable, “Sinking  Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction,” shows that one in six construction workers in California are either misclassified or working completely off the books.  For a state whose construction industry is worth $152 billion and employs 895,000 workers,...
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Sep
2014
4

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains
  Over the past year, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division recovered $6.5 million in back pay for workers.  While the organization has stepped up its efforts since the recession, the amount collected represents only a percentage of the wage theft that occurs in the Constitution State, according to the...
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Sep
2014
3

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
  Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing.  The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”   CADA has been in existence for over a year but their...
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Sep
2014
3

George Meany Comes Home

George Meany Comes Home
  This is a guest post by North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey… After residing for many years as a visual focal point for his namesake educational institution, a large sculpture of George Meany has been prominently placed in the lobby of AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC. Situating the massive...
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Sep
2014
3

STUDY: Workers in “Right-to-Work” States Receive 24% More Government Assistance

STUDY: Workers in
  A new University of Illinois-Urbana study on “Right-to-Work” laws shows that collective bargaining subsidizes low-wage work in some states.  With Illinois facing the possibility of GOP nominee Bruce Rauner winning the gubernatorial race by positioning himself as “the next Scott Walker” and pushing for “Right-to-Work” at the...
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Sep
2014
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
  Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.   Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common [&hellip...
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