Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia...

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

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Oct
2014
22

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission
  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission (SRC) from making drastic changes to the health insurance plans of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). A recent unilateral move to effectively ignore a collectively bargained contract spurred the judiciary action.  Judge...
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Oct
2014
22

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak ‘Paycheck Deception’ Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak 'Paycheck Deception' Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill
  In Pennsylvania, the State Senate voted against an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have disallowed unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks.  The amendment failed on a 20-28 vote.  Considering Republicans have a 27-23 majority in the State Senate, the news was novel and encouraging. Six Republicans voted with...
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Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7′s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
21

Gov Candidate Sells Share of Newspaper. Newspaper Endorses Candidate. People Go Hmmm.

Gov Candidate Sells Share of Newspaper. Newspaper Endorses Candidate. People Go Hmmm.
  With Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner locked in a too-close-to-call battle with Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times broke with recent tradition and made an official endorsement of the Republican challenger this weekend.  For the past three years the newspaper has not endorsed any candidates for office.  The paper explained its...
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Oct
2014
21

CHART: Financially, It’s 1986 for the Bottom 90% of Americans

CHART: Financially, It's 1986 for the Bottom 90% of Americans
  Just in case you need a reminder of how lopsided the economy has become, a new paper from economists at the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley shows the bottom ninety percent of American families are no wealthier than they were in 1986.  While the top 10 percent and, [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
21

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere
  The election home stretch is upon us, which means controversy is cropping up in every crevice of the nation. In Massachusetts it is taking the form of a poorly worded ballot question that will decide the fate of a Plainville casino and the jobs it would bring. Eyebrows have been raised by the wording [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
21

“It Is Being Stolen”: Louisiana’s GOP Treasurer Says State Robbing Workers’ Health Plans

  In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy lays out how legislators “stole” from state workers and cheated retirees out of health coverage in order to put up the facade of a balanced budget.  What is worse is that in the end the taxpayer is on the hook [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
17

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB
  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued they were illegally fired during a labor dispute with the company.  Green Fleet and several other port trucking companies have been the targets of protests and actions by drivers, many at the port of Los Angeles, who feel they [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
17

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration
  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000 construction jobs and contributed over $5 billion in spending to the economy. The study, from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, concludes that spending on construction and maintenance grew by over 60 percent between 2012 and 2013....
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Oct
2014
17

Helmets to Hardhats Partnering With Coast Guard to Boost Area East of Capitol Hill

  Since the U.S. Coast Guard moved its headquarters east of the nation’s capital, its servicemen and women have entrenched themselves in the neighborhood, often lending a helping hand.  Recently, the Coast Guard established networks at the nearby Children of Mine Youth Center and the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys on the outskirts...
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Oct
2014
17

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration
  When the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) demonstrated on Thursday against a School Reform Commission (SRC) decision to end the contract between the school district and the union, they faced counter-protests from a marketing firm paid for by a conservative think tank.  The veil was lifted on the Commonwealth Foundation’s...
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Oct
2014
15

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters
  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107.  The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.  Several similar campaigns are underway in other cities, but this was the first successful Fedex Freight worker [&hellip...
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