Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law,...

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are...

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution...

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup...

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Mar
2015
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Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI
  A jury in Michigan has found charter school founder Steven J. Ingersoll guilty on three counts of federal tax fraud.   Ingersoll was accused of diverting $704,000 of a $1.8 million bank loan intended for school construction to his personal bank account and failing to pay taxes on it.  Ingersoll’s wife and brother were also [&hellip...
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Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
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Mar
2015
11

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue
  Fort Wayne councilman John Shoaff has introduced a bill to restore some of the powers stripped from city workers when the city council ended collective bargaining last year.  While Shoaff’s ordinance will not restore collective bargaining per se, it will restore workers’ rights to join a union (without making it mandatory).  The...
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Mar
2015
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With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification

With Blessing of GOP Gov, NC Republican Introduces Bill to Fight Misclassification
  In North Carolina, Wake County Republican Gary Pendleton is introducing a bill that would force heating and plumbing companies to properly classify their employees.  Pendleton’s bill would define misclassification and submit companies that misclassify to fines of $1,000 per affected worker and possible loss of license.  The move comes...
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Mar
2015
10

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers’ Compensation System

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers' Compensation System
  A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, places partial blame for the growing problem of income inequality on a faulty workers’ compensation system.  According to the Department of Labor (DOL), roughly 4 million serious...
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Mar
2015
10

Nevada’s Prevailing Wage Volleyball Ends with Sand in Workers’ Faces

  A bill to suspend prevailing wage requirements on school construction projects passed the Nevada assembly on a 23-19 vote after some remarkable political volleying.  The bill also includes language that will allow school districts to rollover bond authority to pay for construction projects.   At one point, the bill was scrapped, only to...
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Mar
2015
10

IL Gov’s Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks

IL Gov's Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks
  Following his failed executive order that would have halted the fair-share fees collected by Illinois’ public sector unions, Governor Bruce Rauner has pressed ahead by directing state agencies to withhold the fees from the comptroller’ office.  In response, the AFL-CIO and 26 unions that represent Illinois’ 40,000 state...
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Mar
2015
10

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry
  Last week, the Fort Wayne Urban League announced the creation of BUILD, a three-week pre-apprenticeship program which seeks to diversify the local construction trades.  The program is a cooperative effort between the Building Trades, Urban League, and Indiana Plan Local Diversity.  With Fort Wayne expecting a record number of construction...
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Mar
2015
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MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State
  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation to two Wisconsin companies whose owners testified against “Right-to-Work.”  Officials from road construction companies Hoffman Construction of Black River Falls and Rock Road Companies of Janesville testified in front of the Wisconsin Senate...
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Mar
2015
5

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled
  Nevada’s SB 119, which was written to simultaneously allow school districts to rollover school construction bonds and suspend prevailing wage requirements for school construction, has played out like an episode of Days of Our Lives, with the drama on high. After multiple hearings, Assemblyman Moore claimed this week that a member of his...
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Mar
2015
5

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony
  A bill has passed through the Georgia House Labor and Industry subcommittee which aims to combat employee misclassification by strengthening two existing practices and writing them into law.  HB 500, introduced by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra, directs Georgia’s Department of Labor to create a website for workers to report instances of...
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Mar
2015
5

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents
  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill DeBlasio administration and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. It will cover $3.5 billion of work repairing and renovating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties over the next three years.   The [&hellip...
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