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...

“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...

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...

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...

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Sep
2014
22

Picking Up the PACE: New Bill Would Boost All-Important Apprenticeship Nationwide

  U.S. Reps Mark Pocan (D-WI) and George Miller (D-CA) along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have introduced the Promoting Apprenticeships for Credentials and Employment Act (PACE) to the House Education and Workforce Committee. The goal is to better promote registered apprenticeship programs in postsecondary education programs and prepare...
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Sep
2014
22

New Rules Will Force Employers to Report Hospitalizations, Amputations They Previously Kept Secret

New Rules Will Force Employers to Report Hospitalizations, Amputations They Previously Kept Secret
  New rules put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers to report workplace related hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye within 24 hours.  Previously, OSHA regulations only required employers to report such incidents if they involved three or more people. Now, all incidents...
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Sep
2014
19

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better
  New numbers from the Census Bureau, analyzed by FiveThirtyEight, show that five years of recovery have not boosted the median household income in the United States.  This is part of a clear pattern of stagnation for the middle class since the Great Recession.   According to the Census Bureau the median household income in [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
19

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
18

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made
  On Wednesday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the question of who receives overtime in the American workplace.  In March, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Labor Department to update federal overtime rules.   In the EO he touched on the fact that “white collar exemptions” for salaried workers had not...
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Sep
2014
18

Florida’s Institutionalized Workers Compensation Fraud Finally Beginning to be Addressed

  A recent report by the Miami Herald exposed “The Florida Plan,” a form of fraud that affects injured workers seeking workers’ compensation.  The report is part of the wave-making series by McClatchy which reveals the various ways in which misclassification harms workers and employers who abide by the law.   Author Nicholas...
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Sep
2014
18

Power Grab: “Investor-State Dispute Settlements” Are the Worst Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

Power Grab:
  In an interesting and humorous take on the bevy of secret, international trade agreements currently being negotiated, Rabble writer Scott Vrooman details some of the ways the deals could be used to make countries “second class citizens.”   Vrooman goes into detail about a mechanism included in all three agreements (TTIP, TTP,...
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Sep
2014
17

After Ten Year Legal Battle, 100s of CNN Workers Will Receive Backpay, Union Representation

After Ten Year Legal Battle, 100s of CNN Workers Will Receive Backpay, Union Representation
  A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling will force CNN to rehire over 100 union technicians at its New York and Washington Bureaus and compensate more than 200 others who have been incorrectly paid.  The ruling will also orders the network to recognize the Communications Workers of America (CWA) as the bargaining representative of...
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Sep
2014
17

STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits

STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits
  A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) illustrates the need for the government to take direct action against rampant wage theft which is costing American workers billions of dollars. Focusing on wage theft in major cities, EPI makes the case for a crackdown:   A three-city study of workers in low-wage industries [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
17

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification
  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $10 million in grants to 19 states to help them expand the crack down on employers who cheat state Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  The initiative is part of the department’s broader addressing of misclassification, which has worsened...
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Sep
2014
17

“The Prevailing Wage Law protects those workers who don’t have a contract regardless of race, gender or place of origin.”

  In response to New Bedford resident Lee Nason’s misguided tirade in an anti-prevailing wage op-ed, Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan wrote a letter of his own for South Coast Today. In the rebuttal, Callahan seeks to clarify some facts regarding important construction wage protections.  ...
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Sep
2014
15

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey
  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American newsstands of late, and most are using a study from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as their basis. But the study comes with a whopper of a disclaimer, one which has been conveniently ignored by the media sources [&hellip...
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