Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers...

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local...

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In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and...

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

  As Republicans in the Michigan legislature prepare to introduce a package of bills that...

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Dec
2014
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Tunes They Are A-Changin’: WI GOP Begins “Right-to-Work” Rollout After Suggesting It Wouldn’t

Tunes They Are A-Changin': WI GOP Begins
  Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Kapenga has announced that he will introduce a “Right-to-Work” bill in the upcoming legislative session.  The move comes just days after a former Americans for Prosperity associate, Lorri Pickens, announced a new organization, “Wisconsin Right to Work.”.  Rep. Kapenga says he does not know exactly when...
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Dec
2014
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Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State’s College Athletes from Unionizing

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State's College Athletes from Unionizing
  A bill introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) would disallow student athletes at Michigan public universities from being recognized as employees of the university or unionizing under the state’s collective bargaining laws.  The move is a response to the national movement of college athletes looking to unionize.   In March, a regional NLRB...
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Dec
2014
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Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid
  New Beginnings CEO Tom Atchison says he offers addicts and the homeless who depend on his organization “work therapy.”  Others argue he is running a well-oiled machine of exploitative, unpaid labor around the Tampa Bay area.  His practices may be illegal, yet at every Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game his army of unpaid homeless [&hellip...
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Dec
2014
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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings

MSNBC's Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings
  MSNBC’s The Ed Show show featured a piece this week about the benefits of mechanical insulating and the possibilities it presents to the nation both in terms of energy efficiency and job creation.  The piece was filmed at an iSave training facility in Illinois, which is run by Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17. [&hellip...
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Dec
2014
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In Survey, MI’s Biz Community Speaks: Yes to Infrastructure, No to Wage-Slashing

  A survey of 300 business owners and executives taken by Crain’s Detroit Business in mid-November shows that the top priorities of business players are not lower taxes but infrastructure spending, education, and job training.  The Michigan GOP made major gains at the state and federal level during the 2014 elections, but the pro-business...
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Dec
2014
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NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.

NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.
  More than 50 mechanics and delivery men at Castle Oil in the Bronx will lose their jobs to third party, non-union workers following the company’s $56 million purchase by Sprague Energy in early November.  Workers at the Port Morris Terminal in the Bronx and Castle Oil’s Harrison, NY headquarters will be affected.  Following the...
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Dec
2014
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Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

Building Trades' New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area
  In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to...
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Dec
2014
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Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to...
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Dec
2014
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Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
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Dec
2014
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Technical Colleges, Building Trades Launch Novel Job Training Program in MN School District

Technical Colleges, Building Trades Launch Novel Job Training Program in MN School District
  In Minnesota, Bloomington Public Schools are set to launch the new College and Career Academy which will prepare students for careers after graduation.  It will open in the fall of 2015 with registration beginning in February.  Students attending the academy will be able to choose one of four career pathways: information and technology,...
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Dec
2014
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First of Its Kind: Citywide Project Labor Agreement Passes in Martinez, CA; Will Apply to All Projects $250K and Up

  In Martinez, California the city council approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for all future city capital improvement projects.  Martinez is the first city in Contra Costa county to make such a commitment and was completed in time to apply to a multimillion dollar waterfront improvement project set to begin construction in the upcoming...
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Nov
2014
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Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor’s Meddling

Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor's Meddling
  A strong op-ed recently appeared in the Montgomery Advisor in which writer Josh Moon explains the importance of unions in the South. He uses a barn burner of a unionization vote at the Golden Dragon Copper Plant as an example. Earlier this month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that 75 workers at [&hellip...
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