9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at...

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has...

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional,...

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

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Jun
2014
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Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election
  As the race to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate heats up between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and popular Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the prevailing wage is becoming an unexpected pivoting point in the race.  The Senate Minority leader may be attempting to shed his image as a major driver of obstruction in Washington ...
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Jun
2014
27

Rise in Wage and Hour Complaints Shows Great Strides Made in Worker Empowerment, Action

Rise in Wage and Hour Complaints Shows Great Strides Made in Worker Empowerment, Action
  The Idaho Business Review this week highlighted a significant rise in wage and hour lawsuits in the United States.  Widespread protests against low-paying fast food restaurants have heightened awareness about wage theft which has in turn made more workers comfortable demanding fair pay as prescribed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....
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Jun
2014
27

Boeing’s Ability to Ship Jobs to Low-Paying States Could Hinge on Pair of Miami Union Workers

Boeing's Ability to Ship Jobs to Low-Paying States Could Hinge on Pair of Miami Union Workers
  The Everett Herald has detailed the major implications of the decision by two Boeing engineers in Miami, FL to join the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). The case could impact both the union and Boeing moving forward.   At the heart of the matter is Boeing’s establishment of “Centers of Excellence,” ...
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Jun
2014
25

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report
  A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students.  The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on...
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Jun
2014
25

Like TPP on Steroids? Wikileaks Exposes Another Secret, Horrible Trade Agreement: TISA

Like TPP on Steroids? Wikileaks Exposes Another Secret, Horrible Trade Agreement: TISA
  Wikileaks has published secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a trade agreement which would cover 50 countries and 68.2 percent of world trade.  The secrecy surrounding TISA exceeds the almost-completely-in-the-dark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and opponents argue that TISA will promote the privatization of public...
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Jun
2014
25

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State
  The Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council (SNBCTC) is moving forward with a ballot initiative that would bar public funds from being used for the construction of a new baseball stadium in Summerlin for the Las Vegas 51’s.  As we reported in October, the SNBCTC had been protesting the Howard Hughes Corporation’s...
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Jun
2014
25

Veteran Hiring Program Looks to Expand Beyond Canada’s Big Cities with Building Trades’ Help

Veteran Hiring Program Looks to Expand Beyond Canada's Big Cities with Building Trades' Help
  A recent article in the Halifax Herald featured Gregory Matte, former Brigadier General and current executive director of Helmets to Hardhats Canada, who detailed his latest mission to help Canadian veterans begin rewarding careers as they transition back into civilian life.  Much like its counterpart stateside, Helmets to Hardhats Canada...
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Jun
2014
24

CA Passes Affordable Veteran Housing Measure With a Little Help From Union Friends

  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 has continued its goal of assisting military veterans transitioning to civilian life by supporting the effort to pass Proposition 41, a California affordable housing bill.  According to a 2013 survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 22 percent of...
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Jun
2014
24

Unprecedented Defiance by MTA Leads LIRR Workers to Rally, Threaten Strike

Unprecedented Defiance by MTA Leads LIRR Workers to Rally, Threaten Strike
  With a possible strike looming next month, over 3,000 Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers and their supporters held a rally for a new contract on Saturday.  The workers have been without a contract since 2010.   Attendees hoped to send a message to transit officials and Governor Andrew Cuomo, the union’s chief negotiator Anthony ...
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Jun
2014
24

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers
  As promised, Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a bill that would end collective bargaining for city workers. The move sent the bill back to the city council, which currently has enough support to override the veto. With the override vote coming this week, Henry took to the pages of the Ft. Wayne ...
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Jun
2014
23

John D’oh! Scott Walker’s Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal

John D'oh! Scott Walker's Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal
  Documents made public concerning the second John Doe Investigation of Scott Walker show that prosecutors believe the Wisconsin Governor was “at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators facing recall elections during 2011 and 2012.”...
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Jun
2014
23

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements
  Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys.  The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the ...
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