IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

  On Midnight of August 1st, the contract between Verizon and its unionized workforce...

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are...

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday...

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented...

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Jun
2015
23

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation
  As we have written many times in the past, politicians on the right side of the ideological aisle are taking an increasing interest in preventing employee misclassification. Despite their motives differing from the pro-labor Democrats’ who originally spearheaded raised awareness of this issue, the signs of bipartisan agreement are...
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Jun
2015
23

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement
  A recent ruling that Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws by not correctly paying its truckers could force the company to face penalties exceeding $100,000,000.  The class of drivers argued that they were not compensated for mandatory activities and tasks such as inspecting and washing their trucks.   U.S. District Judge Susan...
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Jun
2015
23

In Important Last-Second Switch, OH Senate Committee Keeps Project Labor Agreements in Play

  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee softened House language which would have prevented Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects.  The move was part of a series of amendments to the two-year budget plan.  A vote on the final Senate budget is expected soon.  If the changes remain in the Senate’s final budget...
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Jun
2015
19

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston
  Operation Exit, a pre-apprenticeship program in Boston for people who have been in the criminal justice system or are considered “high risk,” has graduated its second class of students. The program’s champion, Mayor Marty Walsh, was on hand to speak to the graduates.  The program began last year when Walsh reached out to building...
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Jun
2015
19

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings
  Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, former President Bill Clinton took some time to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically noting the success of a Building Trades program which came to fruition following a conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The program uses union pension funds to create...
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Jun
2015
19

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time
  A historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is in the works between the Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the California Resources Corporation (CRC) which would require oilfield contractors to use union labor for construction and maintenance.  The agreement would not affect drilling operations.   According to KGET 17...
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Jun
2015
19

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One
  Goldman Sachs has told its 2,900 interns to take it easy this summer by limiting themselves to a 17-hour day. Yes, folks, you read that right. Working twice as many hours as a normal person is Goldman Sachs’ idea of not overdoing it.  The announcement of the policy “shift” comes two weeks after The [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
19

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH
  In Ohio, two bills are currently being considered by the General Assembly, House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, that would prohibit cities from using geographic hiring preferences on construction projects.  Such preferences are often written into Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to ensure that the local workforce is given preference...
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Jun
2015
17

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action
  A class action lawsuit against information technology (IT) company Wipro claims that the company misclassified up to 200 employees in order to avoid paying them overtime wages.  The case was brought by Suri Payala, an Indian national who worked for Wipro on a L-1B visa as a computer technician.  L-1B visas allow foreign workers [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
17

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates
  On Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with a group of unions ruling that state labor officials must change the way they set the prevailing wage and fringe benefits for publicly funded projects.  In her 15-page opinion, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes argued that the Martinez administration has a duty to set rates based [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
17

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1
  The results of a new Michigan poll support labor movement claims that the prevailing wage is vital to a strong workforce and quality of life. It is bad news for extremists in the legislature who wish to move forward with repeal of the age-old law despite Republican governor Rick Snyder’s support of skilled tradespeople.  [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
16

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach
  Drivers for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), a wing of the Chinese government-owned COSCO Logistics Americas, recently delivered a letter to the company demanding recognition of their right to be represented by Teamsters Local 848.  IBT, which coincidentally shares an acronym with the Teamters (IBT), refused the demand so the...
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