IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the...

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task...

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators...

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision

Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe...

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Jul
2014
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Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017
  How do you know awareness about the minimum wage is still limited outside of the beltway and political Twitter? When the eighth most populated city in the country decides to forgo a ballot initiative in favor of an immediate ordinance that will bump the city up $2.50 in just three years and hardly anyone [&hellip...
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Jul
2014
17

Virginia Is for Compliers: State Can Now More Easily Pursue Misclassification, Subcontracting Violators

  Virginia’s penalties for misclassifying workers in order to avoid paying insurance costs got a boost this month thanks to a new law.  The Virginia Workers Compensation Act made it easier for the state to take action against violators, according to Virginia Workplace Law: The civil penalty is now up to $250 per day for [&hellip...
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Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
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Jul
2014
17

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They’ve Long Desired

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They've Long Desired
  Two cases currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will determine what it officially means to be an employer, and the ramifications for management in industries ranging from fast food to waste collection could be serious.   Given the complicated nature of modern American labor the two decisions seek to determine who...
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Jul
2014
15

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike
  This release comes via the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport Workers (SMART)… “I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20. MTA rejected the counter offer we...
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Jul
2014
15

Reaching Your Goooooal! Canadian Building Trades Point to Germany for Apprenticeship Inspiration

  A panel of stakeholders at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) recently spoke about European apprentice systems and how getting employers more involved in the training process can positively effect the workforce.   Speaking on the panel was Christopher Smillie of the Canadian Building Trades who described his journey to Germany and the...
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Jul
2014
15

Massive Backpay Settlement for Pair of New York Insulators Who Worked School Projects

  New York based National Insulation will have to cough up $435,000 to two employees who performed work contracted through the Department of Education after several wage and hour fines were discovered. Francisco Ayala and Angel Ribadeneira performed insulation work on various projects in New York City schools between December of 2006 and...
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Jul
2014
15

Court: Florida Redistricting “Often Indicative of Racial and Partisan Gerrymandering.”

Court: Florida Redistricting
  A Florida circuit judge last week ruled that congressional districts redrawn after the 2010 census were unconstitutional and violated state laws created to prevent gerrymandering.  Among the major findings? The systematic concentration of hispanic voters into Democratic districts.   Maps created by the Washington Post help explain the...
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Jul
2014
14

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples
  This weekend at their bi-annual convention, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution calling for a national boycott of Staples in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).  Despite protests, Staples is moving forward with a pilot program that would open USPS postal counters in 82 of their stores.  ...
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Jul
2014
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Out of Hospital Following Tragic Highway Wreck, Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Overworked Trucker

Out of Hospital Following Tragic Highway Wreck, Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Overworked Trucker
  A month after his limousine was hit by a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, actor Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility and has announced a lawsuit against Walmart.   According to the lawsuit, the driver involved in the incident — which killed one and injured three — had traveled [&hellip...
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Jul
2014
11

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes
  The Fiscal Times recently published a ‘ten states with the worst highway spending woes’ article to help people understand the consequences of congressional inaction on the Highway Trust Fund. Congress is having problems agreeing on action to take, including a six-year, $100 billion comprehensive plan and a patchwork $9 to $10...
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Jul
2014
11

Minority Apprenticeship Program Hopes to Jumpstart 80 Jersey City Construction Careers

  The New Jersey Laborers Union and the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) are looking to place 80 Jersey City residents into the fall class of a program they hope will increase the number of minorities in the construction industry.  Those accepted into the program will receive two weeks of classroom training in [&hellip...
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