In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why...

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor...

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday...

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing...

Don't Drink the Tea. Think With the WE.
Aug
2016
5

SC Construction Scheme Defrauded Minorities, Women, Vets, the Disabled Out of $350M in Gov’t Work

SC Construction Scheme Defrauded Minorities, Women, Vets, the Disabled Out of $350M in Gov't Work
  In South Carolina, seven people are facing federal fraud charges in connection with $350 million dollars’ worth of government construction contracts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court, that describes a scheme centering around the misuse of construction contracts administered...
Read More
Aug
2016
5

A “Culture of Fear” Has Contributed to Declining Union Membership

A
  “Why are there no labor unions in America?” So begins a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post by author and American history professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein. Phillips-Fein, who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is quick to point out that millions of Americans do still belong...
Read More
Aug
2016
5

First Resort: Trump Hiring Foreign Temps on H-2b Visas Despite Available American Workers

First Resort: Trump Hiring Foreign Temps on H-2b Visas Despite Available American Workers
  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he wants to bring jobs back home to America. Apparently the billionaire businessman also wants to give those jobs away to temporary guest workers. Trump is currently looking to staff two of his Florida properties — the Mar-A-Largo resort in Palm Springs and the Trump National Jupiter...
Read More
advert
Aug
2016
3

Oregon’s Measure 98 Primed to Pump Hundreds of Millions Into Skilled Trades Training for Young People

Oregon's Measure 98 Primed to Pump Hundreds of Millions Into Skilled Trades Training for Young People
  This November, Oregon will be voting on whether or not to approve a ballot measure that would put career and technical education (CTE) in all high schools. The goal of the measure is to engage potentially underachieving students and demonstrate the range of career options available to them after high school. Oregon has one [&hellip...
Read More
Aug
2016
3

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge
  Is Trump outsourcing again? Well, kinda. This time it’s a pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, at fault. An ad they produced called “America Soaring” exhausts Trumps grand plan to bring jobs back to America. Unfortunately, it does so while showing footage of a bridge in Europe. The PAC admitted the gaff and...
Read More
Aug
2016
3

Judge Grants Freedom Foundation Request for Thousands of WA Union Members’ Private Info

Judge Grants Freedom Foundation Request for Thousands of WA Union Members' Private Info
  A judge in Thurston County, WA has sided with the Freedom Foundation, granting the conservative think tank’s request for the release of tens of thousands names, emails, and birthdays of unionized state workers. Lawyers for the state labor unions failed to convince Judge Mary Sue Wilson that the request was a politically motivated...
Read More
Aug
2016
2

Uber Using Former CIA, NSC Members to Investigate Seattle Labor Unions

Uber Using Former CIA, NSC Members to Investigate Seattle Labor Unions
  Last December, the city of Seattle ventured into uncharted waters when it voted to allow ride-sharing drivers to bargain collectively. Naturally, Uber hired a research firm staffed by former members of the CIA and National Security Council to investigate the situation. Naturally. The CIA-linked firm, Ergo, was tasked with investigating...
Read More
Aug
2016
2

Montana Building Trades Find Unfamiliar Friends in Fight to Protect Infrastructure Bonds

Montana Building Trades Find Unfamiliar Friends in Fight to Protect Infrastructure Bonds
  In an unusual convergence of political interests, Montana labor unions and conservative anti-tax advocates have asked the state’s Supreme Court to block a November ballot initiative that would move $200 million worth of bonds to fund biomedical research over the next ten years. The money would be awarded through competitive grants for...
Read More
Aug
2016
2

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will do whatever it takes to make sure his former cronies in the Chamber of Commerce get what they want. He demonstrated as much late last month when he vetoed several pieces of legislation, most notably Senate Bill 2964, designed to help Illinois workers. The bill stipulated that workers on [&hellip...
Read More
Jul
2016
29

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage
  Ohio’s minimum wage for hourly workers is $8.10. That’s 85 cents more than the prevailing federal minimum wage. Why, then, are almost 100,000 Ohioans earning hourly wages equal to or below the federal level? Experts attribute the disparity to a variety of factors, including labor laws that allow employers in some cases to pay...
Read More
Jul
2016
29

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring
  The NAPA County Board of Supervisors is looking to implement a local hiring policy for large construction projects. Beginning with work on a low-risk prison facility, the policy aims to set guidelines for all future projects and will include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure quality and hiring standards: Napa County wants to see...
Read More
Jul
2016
29

Trump Hotel Workers Win Thousands in Union Organizing Retaliation Case

Trump Hotel Workers Win Thousands in Union Organizing Retaliation Case
  The list of citations, liens, judgments, and lawsuits against the Trump brand for unfair labor practices keeps getting longer and longer. Last week, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas settled with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the tune of $11,200. The lawsuit involved two Trump Hotel employees who were punished for their...
Read More