Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

  In Washington state, the five members that make up the Citizen’s Commission for...

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that 147 workers hired by contractors to...

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and...

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

  In order to ensure that the region’s young adults can get proper information about careers...

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Oct
2014
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Boeing Again Shipping Jobs to Anti-Worker State Despite Taking Huge Incentive Package

Boeing Again Shipping Jobs to Anti-Worker State Despite Taking Huge Incentive Package
  Less than 11 months after receiving $8.7 billion in tax incentives from the Washington state legislature, Boeing has announced they will transfer nearly 2,000 engineering jobs to “lower cost regions” over the next three years.  The tax incentives, the largest in U.S. history, were granted in part to keep Boeing’s 777x program in the...
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Oct
2014
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MN Contractors Could Face 20-Year Jail Sentence, $100,000 Fine for Not Paying the Prevailing Wage

  Two electrical contractors in Minnesota have been charged with felony theft by swindle for falsifying records to indicate that they paid employees the prevailing wage on a state-funded project when they were in fact pocketing the difference.  Hennepin County attorneys announced the charges against Thomas Robert Clifton and Earl Keith...
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Oct
2014
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REPORT: Nuclear Energy Not Only Vital to Clean Energy, It’s a Massive Job Creator

REPORT: Nuclear Energy Not Only Vital to Clean Energy, It's a Massive Job Creator
  The Nuclear Energy Institute has issued a report, “The Impact of Exelon’s Nuclear Fleet on the Illinois Economy,” which details the economic benefits provided by existing nuclear power plants.  Among the report’s key findings are the sustaining of 28,000 jobs and $8.9 billion in the state of Illinois alone, according to a Nuclear...
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Oct
2014
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After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors

After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors
  Just a month after McClatchy published an important series of articles about the harm done by employee misclassification, their flagship newspaper has been found to have misclassified its carriers as independent contractors.  Judge Gerrit Wood ruled that the Sacramento Bee misclassified 5,000 of its carriers.  The ruling in the case is...
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Oct
2014
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IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities

  Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
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Oct
2014
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Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
  In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.  Since the 1990’s, federal regulations...
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Oct
2014
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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 state laws based on the value of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits that the defendant failed to provide to them.  The decision in Gray v. FedEx Ground Package System highlights the limits of ERISA’s preemption clause.  In...
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Oct
2014
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LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
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Sep
2014
30

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties
  The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved a plan to remove emergency manager Kevyn Orr from office and hand day-to-day operational power back to the city council and Mayor Mike Duggan.  Orr will be retained in his current position to oversee the final aspects of the city’s bankruptcy.  Following the vote, Orr signed his [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
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From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
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Sep
2014
30

Judge Awards $750K to FL Painters Who Took a Pay Cut While Some City Employees Secretly Got Raises

  The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida owes nearly $750,000 in back wages according to a judge who decided that the city broke its bargaining agreement with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). The workers agreed to take a 5 percent pay cut in 2011 to help the city through a financial [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
30

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 Port Columbus on October 1st.  The move comes despite the company posting a profit of $919 million in the second quarter, a 51 percent increase from the second quarter last year.  The union workers will be replaced by workers [&hellip...
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