In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why...

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor...

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday...

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing...

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Aug
2016
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Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
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Aug
2016
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Clean Little Secret: Natural Gas Helps Generate Renewable Energy

Clean Little Secret: Natural Gas Helps Generate Renewable Energy
  Turns out wind and solar have a dirty (read: clean) little secret: natural gas helps generate renewable energy. New findings published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggest that natural gas could be a key factor in the proliferation of renewables: “Our paper calls attention to the fact that renewables and fast-reacting...
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Aug
2016
12

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers
  Walmart does not pay its workers very well, but that’s not a reason to write a blog post at this point, is it? What about if they paid so poorly that it cost the United States twelve times what we spend on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, they do. According to a [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
12

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit
  The wage gap between teachers and professionals with the same level of education is at a record high.  According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average weekly wage of a pubic school teacher in 1994 was only 1.8% lower than that of comparable professionals. Last year that figure reached an [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
12

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State’s New Right-to-Work Law

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State's New Right-to-Work Law
  Six months ago West Virginia became a Right-to-work state. This week organized labor got its day in court. The AFL-CIO and 10 other union groups successfully sought an injunction to block the state’s Right-to-work law, which took effect on July 1. The law required unions to extend benefits to all workers, even those who [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
10

MA’s Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women’s Wages Down

MA's Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women's Wages Down
  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will sign a pay equity bill into law next week. The bill requires employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work and prevents any employer from asking job-seekers for their salary history. Massachusetts will be the first state in the U.S. to pass a pay equity law. Many [&hellip...
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Aug
2016
10

Nuclear Commission May Allow Employers to “Fire a Union-represented Employee Without Cause”

Nuclear Commission May Allow Employers to
  Nuclear power plant owners want the right to take away workers’ security clearance, or “unescorted access authorization,” without arbitration. In a three-to-one vote on June 6, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a recommendation to rewrite the current rules so that employers can revoke employee clearance without...
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Aug
2016
10

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs: “The workplace is a tradesperson’s classroom.”

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs:
  In Canada, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has staked out a position against Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), calling them “forced unionization” and suggesting they are a financial burden on the public sector. Sudhir Sandhu, the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Building Trades and Allied Hydro Council, couldn’t...
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Aug
2016
8

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers
  The Department of Labor has landed a $2.4 million settlement with Massachusetts construction firms Force Corp. and AB Construction Group Inc. The case involved the misclassification of a whopping 478 workers and the denial of overtime pay and other benefits. DOL pursued the companies for compensating their employees with a combination of...
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Aug
2016
8

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project
  Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city of Baltimore for $660 million in bonds for a massive development in Port Covington. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has indicated that he wants the developers to reach an agreement with local labor unions before...
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Aug
2016
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Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment

Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment
  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Las Vegas last week. After taking a tour of Mojave Electric’s training facility, Clinton spoke at the IBEW Local 357 hall to a crowd of roughly 1,400. She stressed the importance of technical training and...
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