Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s...

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but...

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their...

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California...

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Mar
2016
4

Minneapolis Again the Beneficiary of Massive Union Pension Investment in Affordable Housing

Minneapolis Again the Beneficiary of Massive Union Pension Investment in Affordable Housing
  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $29.8 million union pension fund investment in the renovation of the Seward Towers East and West in Minneapolis.  The 21-story towers reside in one of the city’s older neighborhoods and were built in 1968 and 1970, respectively.  In total, 640 multi-family units will be...
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Mar
2016
4

Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage

Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage
  Speaking to supporters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced her support of eliminating the tipped minimum wage, which enables some restaurants to pay as little as $2.30 an hour.  Clinton becomes the latest voice to call for the end of the practice and joins a movement of...
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Mar
2016
2

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill
  In a news conference on Friday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exposed a poison pill rider to the latest Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) bill that was attached at the behest of lobbyists who wish to see regulations concerning truck driver safety rolled back.  The same rider was attached to a highway bill last year before [&hellip...
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Mar
2016
2

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire
  Nearly 350 construction workers walked off the job at Tesla’s battery manufacturing plant in northern Nevada on Monday.  More than 100 picketed outside the main gate of the construction site, protesting what they see as the unfair labor practice of bringing out-of-state construction to the factory to be paid less than their Nevada...
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Mar
2016
2

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA
  For the first time in its history, the Women Build Nations Conference will be hosted outside of California, allowing more Midwestern tradeswomen an opportunity to attend.  The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois beginning April 29th.  The sixth annual conference will be...
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Mar
2016
1

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start
  In a recent interview for the website Fight for Florida, current Florida Building and Construction Trades Council President, Theresa King, reveals the triumphs and tribulations that have come with being the first women elected to her position.  The interview is part of the website’s “Labor Spotlight” series. When asked about...
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Mar
2016
1

Hearings on H-1B Visa Abuse Highlight Problematic System; No Clear Path to Reform Set

Hearings on H-1B Visa Abuse Highlight Problematic System; No Clear Path to Reform Set
  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration heard testimony from supporters, opponents, and victims of the H-1B visa system during recent hearings.  The H-1B program is intended to provide opportunities to foreign workers but is rife with abuse.  Many companies use the program to replace American workers in order to depress...
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Mar
2016
1

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council
  Last week, the Brentwood City Council voted in support of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its upcoming $12.2 million library construction project.  City staff can now negotiate the contract with local trades unions.  The city used a PLA in 2009 on its Civic Center project, which was completed on time and under budget.  [&hellip...
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Feb
2016
26

Minnesota Worker Site Unveils Tremendous Collection of Wage Theft Exposés, Articles

Minnesota Worker Site Unveils Tremendous Collection of Wage Theft Exposés, Articles
  A tremendous amount of work went into Joey Getty and Barb Kucera’s new special collection of 10 stories on wage theft for Workday Minnesota.  The series used interviews, reports, and video to touch on a wide array of wage theft topics ranging from payroll fraud, to theft in the home healthcare industry, to abuse [&hellip...
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Feb
2016
26

Journeyman’s Journey: IBEW Local 130 Wireman Puts Pair of Union Careers to Work in Uganda

Journeyman's Journey: IBEW Local 130 Wireman Puts Pair of Union Careers to Work in Uganda
This is a guest post by Heather Sussmann Stefan   It was 2007 when Vincent Avila took his first step towards a second career as an inside wireman electrical apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 130. For fourteen years Vincent had been an elementary school teacher; first in Oakland, California and...
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Feb
2016
26

IL-annoyed: State’s First Attempt at Local “Right-to-Work” Taken to Court by Multiple Unions

IL-annoyed: State's First Attempt at Local
  A legal showdown is shaping up in Illinois where the Village of Lincolnshire will have to defend its attempt to pass “Right-to-Work” on the local level.  Two lawsuits challenge the village board’s authority to pass such legislation, one from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 and one from a group of...
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Feb
2016
24

“You can’t worry about diversity later.  It has to be on your mind at the start of the job.”

  At the University of Massachusetts (UMass), goals set for women on campus construction projects are not being met, so officials with both the school and local trade unions are seeking solutions.  State institutions are encouraged to employ 6.9 percent female workers and 15.3 percent minority workers on any campus project.  However, the...
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