THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil...

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Mar
2014
17

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise
  An English law firm specializing in asbestos compensation claims has released an infographic showing that, despite being mostly banned, asbestos-related health problems continue to pose a serious risk. The toxic effects of the chemical can take up to 35 years to develop in the human body, so work performed in decades past can quickly ...
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Mar
2014
17

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law
  The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s Employee Classification Act (ECA). ECA designates most individuals who perform construction-related services as ‘employees’ even if their employer labels them independent contractors.  The Illinois ECA is arguably the most strict (read: best!)...
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Mar
2014
14

With Help of Teamsters, Baltimore Bus Drivers Win $1.25 Million in Back Wages

With Help of Teamsters, Baltimore Bus Drivers Win $1.25 Million in Back Wages
  Over 350 Baltimore bus drivers will be receiving $1.25 million in back wages after a U.S. District Court ruled against Durham School Services, an Illinois based bus company that contracts its services across the country.  The company is said to have failed to pay employees for mandatory bus inspections, fueling, and other necessary tasks ...
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Mar
2014
14

$58 Million More Union Pension Dollars Invested in SF Housing Construction

  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $58 million commitment to the 101 Polk development in San Francisco.  Construction of the $82.8 million multi-family development in the city’s Central Market neighborhood is expected to create 350 union construction jobs.  Upon completion, the thirteen-story building...
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Mar
2014
14

Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland

  The Ford motor company has announced that it will officially move production of a new series of commercial trucks from a plant in Mexico to a plant near Cleveland, OH.  Ford agreed to bring the jobs home during its contract negotiations with the UAW in 2011.   To prepare for the manufacturing of these ...
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Mar
2014
14

President Obama Signs Executive Order Delivering Deserved Overtime Pay to Millions

President Obama Signs Executive Order Delivering Deserved Overtime Pay to Millions
  Ending a so called “white collar exception,” President Obama this week signed an executive order that will revamp overtime regulations, requiring payment to salaried employees labeled as “executive or professional.”  The move means several million additional workers employed as fast food managers, loan officers, and computer...
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Mar
2014
12

Chicago McDonald’s Manager to Diabetic Woman: “Put a Bullet In Your Head” the Next Time You’re Sick

Chicago McDonald's Manager to Diabetic Woman:
  Protesters gathered at the “Rock and Roll” McDonald’s in Chicago last week after an employee was subject to verbal abuse when she asked to go home following what she described as a “severe diabetic episode.”  Carmen Navarrette, an employee at the store for 9 years, claims management told her to “put a bullet in ...
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Mar
2014
12

American Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United

American Cream: Ben & Jerry's Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United
  The creators of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, want to “Get the Dough Out!” of American politics and are thus pushing for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United vs. FEC and keep corporate money out of elections.   The question of corporate influence over elections continues to ...
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Mar
2014
12

Metal Trades See Opportunity to Unionize Workers…in Alabama?

Metal Trades See Opportunity to Unionize Workers...in Alabama?
  Undeterred by past defeats, the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department (MTD) is seeking to unionize shipbuilders in Mobile, Alabama.  With a fresh crop of workers at the shipyard as a result of Australia-based Austal recruiting workers from around the country to help meet demand, the unions feel they will get a fair shot at explaining ...
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Mar
2014
11

Bill Clinton Lights Up Building Trades Conference, Touts Investment, Apprenticeship

Bill Clinton Lights Up Building Trades Conference, Touts Investment, Apprenticeship
  Addressing a crowd already energized from powerful speeches by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, surprise speaker Bill Clinton made clear his position on job-creation and economic growth at the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) National Conference on Monday:...
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Mar
2014
11

Miami “Mandate” Would Favor Contractors Who Want Local Workers on High-Cost Projects

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  A new ordinance being considered in Miami-Dade County would recommend a higher number of local residents on county projects with a price tag over $1 million.  The “Residents First Training and Employment Program” is sponsored by commissioners Jean Monestime and Barbara Jordan. While the ordinance would not implement a true mandate, the...
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Mar
2014
11

MO’ ATTACKS: Several Bills to Weaken Wage and Benefit Protections are Back Again in Missouri

  Members of the Missouri House are attempting to pass three anti-worker laws, upping their anti-union ante ahead of the November elections. “Right-to-Work,” limits to the prevailing wage, and skewing workers compensation laws to favor businesses are on the docket. Progress Missouri reports that the wording of HB77, the...
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