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...

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with...

NM House Gears Up for

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New...

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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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Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
15

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules
  Several California charter cities are passing ordinances establishing prevailing wage standards that adhere to those mandated by SB7, which becomes law on January 1st, 2015.  SB7 prevents state funds from going to projects in cities that do not adhere to statewide prevailing wage standards.  Being that many of these cities chose charter...
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Oct
2014
15

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office
  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain level of cronyism, and a new peek into the affairs of his Attorney General, Bill Schuette, supports the reputational deterioration. Schuette’s former law firm, it seems, has benefited from this ‘inside basbeall’ to the tune of nearly...
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Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
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Oct
2014
14

Texas Officials Not Collecting Data on the Race of Injured Workers; Discrimination Suspected as a Result

  Since 1993, state law has required the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) to maintain information on the race and gender of every valid injury claim.  Yet, last year less than 8 percent of claims contained that information.  Without this information those who wish to study racial bias in the workers’ compensation...
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Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
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Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
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Oct
2014
10

Status Update: Facebook’s Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters

Status Update: Facebook's Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters
  Bus drivers who shuttle employees to and from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters are seeking to unionize, arguing that their low wages do not afford them the opportunity to live in the area in which they work.  Seeking representation by the Teamsters, these drivers, subcontracted through Loop Transportation, are hoping collective...
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Oct
2014
10

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects
  A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent.  The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California,...
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