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MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the...

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could...

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction...

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part...

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Oct
2016
4

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck
  Last week, two members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837 were honored for rescuing a man from a burning pickup truck in Bridgton, Maine. Central Maine Power lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds were awarded the highest commendation offered by the IBEW for their act of courage. Grant and...
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Oct
2016
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Trump-Supporting ME Governor: “The enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color”

Trump-Supporting ME Governor:
  Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has spent much of his tenure blaming people of color for his state’s troubles. At a town hall meeting in August, he claimed he was “collecting every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state” and storing their pictures in a three-ring binder. “I don’t ask them [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
29

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South’s Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South's Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW
  Workers at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis, Tennessee have voted to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The vote, which was held on Tuesday, went in favor of representation by a two-to-one margin. The $190 million Swedish-owned Electrolux plant is one of the largest economic development projects in...
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Sep
2016
29

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later
  What do you do when an out-of-state contractor admits to defrauding workers on a county project? If you’re West Virginia, you hire them again! A Florida contractor who confessed to the aforementioned Braxton County crime just won a million-dollar state contract in Charleston, WV. All this even though the company pled guilty to fraud...
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Sep
2016
29

They’d Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin

They'd Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin
  UPDATE: The Chicago Teachers Union Has Set a Strike Date of October 11 There is unrest in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. On Monday, 27,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted in favor of a strike. It did so by a margin of 95.6%. The teachers union, which is currently in [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
28

With Building Trades Unions as Partners, Bridgeport to Capitalize on USDOL’s YouthBuild Grant

With Building Trades Unions as Partners, Bridgeport to Capitalize on USDOL's YouthBuild Grant
  An employment agency in Bridgeport, Connecticut called The WorkPlace has received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for a YouthBuild program. The program offers education, counseling, and job skills to people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are unemployed. It was created by the USDOL in the early [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
28

Latest “Right-to-Work” Challenge Fails in WI, One Case Remains Before Court of Appeals

Latest
  A Wisconsin district court judge dismissed a challenge to the state’s “Right-to-work” law this week. The suit, filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Locals 139 and 420, will now move to a federal appeals court. The two unions contend that the law amounts to an illegal taking of property: The...
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Sep
2016
28

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.
  Back in July, we posted about the $1 million in backpay owed to Senate cafeteria workers by federal contractors. The Department of Labor forced Compass Group to compensate their employees and make up for the “oversight,” but it appears the embattled cafeteria workers still aren’t getting a fair shake. In a recent piece for...
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Sep
2016
23

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project

$750K Misclassification Penalty Could Still Grow for Out-of-State Contractor on Hawaii Hotel Project
  A Texas contractor is being fined $767,095 for misclassifying 65 construction employees as independent contractors. The construction workers were hired on a $25 million hotel renovation project in Waikiki, Hawaii. By misclassifying their employees, R&R Construction Services was able to avoid offering numerous benefits. That is, until...
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Sep
2016
23

IBEW Members Leading Strike at TX Electrical Co. Following Unfair Labor Complaint, Retaliation

IBEW Members Leading Strike at TX Electrical Co. Following Unfair Labor Complaint, Retaliation
  Ten electrical workers have gone on strike in Corpus Christi, Texas. The electricians were hired to work on the Hector P. Garcia Clinic by a company called T.L. Electric. Last Friday, the workers staged a walkout to protest unfair labor practices. They returned on Monday to find they had been replaced: The men on strike said [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
23

“Our motivation in this partnership is quite simple. We see tremendous value in the diversification of our workforce.”

  In Alberta, Canada, a job creation partnership between Women Building Futures (WBF), North West Redwater Partnership (NWR), and the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre is putting women to work in the trades. Seven carpenter-slash-scaffolder apprentices who graduated from the WBF program began work at the NWR Sturgeon Refinery in August:...
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Sep
2016
23

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker
  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why union organizers there are receiving an influx of money and resources from the AFL-CIO as they gear up for the largest mobilization of organized labor in the state’s history. The national AFL-CIO has elevated North Carolina to “Tier...
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