DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction...

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part...

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

  Last month, a federal jury found Walmart guilty of intentionally failing to pay the minimum...

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

  Last year, the Ontario government vowed to add an additional $55 million in spending to...

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Oct
2016
11

Right-Wing Think Tank Wins Court Battle for Union Members’ Names, Now They Want Birth Dates

Right-Wing Think Tank Wins Court Battle for Union Members' Names, Now They Want Birth Dates
  After a protracted legal battle with the Freedom Foundation, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 has officially handed over a list of its members to the conservative think tank. The Freedom Foundation will use the list to send out mailers to members of the Washington state caregivers union letting them know they can leave...
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Oct
2016
7

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)
  Oregon janitorial company Cornerstone Janitorial Services has been banned from working on all future state public works contracts. It is only the second lifetime ban ever imposed by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects, the company agreed to pay $144,000 in damages...
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Oct
2016
7

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize
  Uber and Lyft drivers recently held a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) office in Long Island City, Queens. More than 14,000 rideshare drivers have petitioned in favor of unionization. The drivers are frustrated about shrinking pay, increasingly strict driver policies, and soaring commissions charges. Their attempts...
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Oct
2016
7

Hillary Clinton: “I really support union apprenticeship programs.”

Hillary Clinton:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has spent much of the 2016 election season focusing on job creation and the economy. She often describes “building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top” and “offering real solutions to create more good-paying jobs and get incomes rising across the...
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Oct
2016
5

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor
  New Jersey’s Essex County and Community Education Center Inc. (CEC) is among the largest re-entry and in-prison treatment service providers in the United States. And now it owes $4.8 million in back wages and benefits to over 100 detention officers at Delaney Hall Center in Newark. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cited the county...
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Oct
2016
5

STUDY: 25% of Workers Receive Political Messages from their Boss, Sometimes with Threats

STUDY: 25% of Workers Receive Political Messages from their Boss, Sometimes with Threats
  According to a new paper published by the American Political Science Association, approximately one-quarter of American employees are burdened with their boss’ political beliefs. The paper, authored by Harvard University doctoral candidate Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, says one-fifth of those workers are subjected to “economic...
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Oct
2016
5

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers’ Way

Highway Robbery: Latest Trucker Misclassification Class Action Ruling Goes Workers' Way
  A federal judge in New Jersey has given the green light to a class action lawsuit alleging employee misclassification. The lawsuit, brought by eight National Freight Inc. (NFI) delivery truck drivers, accuses the logistics company of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors despite maintaining complete control over the...
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Oct
2016
5

St. Louis Building Trades Leader: Clean Energy Program Would Create 6K Jobs, $1B Economic Impact

St. Louis Building Trades Leader: Clean Energy Program Would Create 6K Jobs, $1B Economic Impact
  In a recent op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Building Trades Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Aboussie came out in support of Missouri’s new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative. The program aims to “help homeowners use less energy, lower utility bills, make their homes safer and more comfortable,...
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Oct
2016
4

CA Gov Signs Bill to Increase Women’s Participation in Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

CA Gov Signs Bill to Increase Women's Participation in Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
  When it comes to closing the gender pay gap, California might be as good as it gets in the U.S.. But that doesn’t mean the gap is gone. Governor Brown understands this fight for equality in the workplace is far from over, and recently signed a bill designed to offer women better access to [&hellip...
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Oct
2016
4

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck
  Last week, two members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837 were honored for rescuing a man from a burning pickup truck in Bridgton, Maine. Central Maine Power lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds were awarded the highest commendation offered by the IBEW for their act of courage. Grant and...
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Oct
2016
4

Trump-Supporting ME Governor: “The enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color”

Trump-Supporting ME Governor:
  Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has spent much of his tenure blaming people of color for his state’s troubles. At a town hall meeting in August, he claimed he was “collecting every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state” and storing their pictures in a three-ring binder. “I don’t ask them [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
29

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South’s Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South's Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW
  Workers at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis, Tennessee have voted to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The vote, which was held on Tuesday, went in favor of representation by a two-to-one margin. The $190 million Swedish-owned Electrolux plant is one of the largest economic development projects in...
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