Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a...

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit...

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

  Union training, skill, and hard work is paying off once again. This time in Massachusetts,...

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap

  British Columbia is facing a skills gap in the construction trades due to market growth and...

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Jul
2016
6

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep’s Withdrawal of Support

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep's Withdrawal of Support
  Democrats and Republicans were nearly able to agree on something in time for Independence Day weekend, but luckily failed. In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, it ain’t over till it’s over. After joining forces with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to introduce the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (H.R. 5580), Rep....
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Jul
2016
6

NLRB Sides With Sheet Metal Workers Local: Threats of Closing Down Impacted Union Election

NLRB Sides With Sheet Metal Workers Local: Threats of Closing Down Impacted Union Election
  The National Labor Relations Board invalidated a union loss in a representation election (Ace Heating & Air Conditioning Co. , 2016 BL 190570, No. 364 N.L.R.B. No. 22, 6/15/16) by ruling that a Cleveland contractor unlawfully threatened employees with business closure. The ruling reverses the finding of an administrative law judge...
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Jul
2016
5

Another IN Town Passes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Blunt Impact of CCW Repeal

Another IN Town Passes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Blunt Impact of CCW Repeal
  Merrillville, Indiana’s town council unanimously approved a responsible bidder ordinance on Tuesday. Endorsed by the building trades as well as contractors, the ordinance raises the standards of consideration for lowest possible bidders on public works contracts. Under the new ordinance, a contractor proposing to submit a bid on a...
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Jul
2016
5

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal
  Wisconsin lawmakers are at it again. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) claimed that flaggers on state road projects make $100,000 a year. He did so in an attempt to support his call to eliminate the state’s prevailing wage. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, however, it seems...
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Jul
2016
5

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes
  “Girls are as capable, if not more capable, of doing as good a job as boys are.” So says 11-year-old Ashley Hawk of Pottstown, PA. Ashley is one of 18 girls attending Camp MAGIC (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) in Philadelphia. The camp offers middle- and high-school-age girls a chance to work with saber saws and...
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Jun
2016
27

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...
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Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...
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Jun
2016
24

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States
  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. But they finally settled. Late last week the company announced a $240 million payout spanning 20 states. The cash will be divided between more than 12,000 ground division drivers. According to the lead lawyer for the...
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Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
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Jun
2016
22

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct
  In Canada, a private member’s bill that would create a registry of workplace dangers has passed its first reading. It is being supported by the Building and Construction Trades at the national level.  The bill, C-292, would amend the Canadian Labour Code to require the Minister of Labour to maintain a registry containing information...
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Jun
2016
22

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities
  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that there are “no reliable statistics” showing the growth of minorities on job sites, New York City building trades president Gary LaBarbera hit back, noting how diversity is growing in the trades.  It is easier to rely on old stereotypes [&hellip...
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Jun
2016
21

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors
  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its first tenants according to representatives for the public-private partnership that helped make it a reality. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) say the eight-unit complex was...
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