“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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Nov
2014
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Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses

Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses
  Ahead of this year’s election, a confidential slideshow from the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) was unearthed by In These Times writer Spencer Woodman. Its contents show the deep-rooted influence the organization has in many business sectors over a staggering number of workers. Often, the information about...
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Nov
2014
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Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State’s Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State's Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos
  In the Massachusetts elections, voters overwhelmingly beat back Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s gambling laws and halted construction of two casinos in the Bay State.  As we wrote last month, the ballot question was worded in such a manner that yes meant no and no meant yes. But potential voter confusion [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
10

Labor Shortage? More Like Wage Shortage. Crummy Jobs Keep Good Workers Away.

  Orange County Register writer Jonathan Lasner recently tackled the complex subject of the alleged construction worker shortage, and questioned those who blame the situation on a lack of skilled workers.  In his piece, “Construction Faces Shortage of Workers (Maybe),” Lasner does not shy away from either side of the argument.  But he...
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2014
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Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City’s First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades

Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City's First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades
  The developers of 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, California have announced an agreement with the Building and Construction Trades of Alameda County which will result in the 180-foot tall mixed-use project being built by an entirely union workforce.  The project’s representative, Mark Rhoades of Rhoades Planning Group, believes it...
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Nov
2014
10

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage
  Buried in last week’s election news was a ballot question in Colorado, which did not go labor’s way. The measure will make school board and collective bargaining meetings open to the public.  It overwhelmingly passed, and was worded as such: “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring any meeting of...
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Nov
2014
6

Brooklyn Non-Profit Caught Systematically Underpaying Mentally Disabled Employees

Brooklyn Non-Profit Caught Systematically Underpaying Mentally Disabled Employees
  A report from the office of the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli shows that a Brooklyn non-profit underpaid mentally disabled workers for years.  The organization, Shorefront Mental Health Board, has not complied with state prevailing wage laws and has falsified certified payrolls in order to cover it up.   Via...
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Nov
2014
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Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance
  The charter city of Napa, California has passed an ordinance requiring all workers on future public construction projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The bill was passed by city council in early November and a second vote will put it into full effect in late November.  City officials say they were already committed [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
6

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story
  At a South Brunswick, New Jersey terminal a majority of the 113 truck drivers for FedEx Freight have voted to join Teamsters Local 701.  The final tally was 66-42 and comes less than a month after drivers at the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia made history by becoming the first group of drivers [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
5

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT
  For the first time since its inception in 1999, New Haven County’s own Construction Worker Initiative 2 (CWI2) graduated its first all-female class. On October 23rd, 37 women collected certifications in carpentry or painting and taping from the training school. The program, which prepares the city’s un- and underemployed...
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Nov
2014
5

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations
  Four assisted living providers in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently issued upwards of $3 million in citations by California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. The providers in question — Common Destiny Care Homes, Abraham Rest Home Inc., Sanchez-Abraham Corporation, and Florian White Dove Care — were cited $1,820,551 for...
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Nov
2014
5

This KY Contractor Has Spent 10 Years Fighting $50,000 in Back Wage Claims. They Finally Lost.

  A case brought forward by the Kentucky Building Trades was recently upheld in the Kentucky Court of Appeals providing a victory for both the involved unions and their signatory contractors.  The case will mean Teco Mechanical, a non-union contractor from Lexington, will pay $54,164 in back wages to its workers along with a $5,250 [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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In MI Gov Race, It’s Labor’s Taste for Change vs. the GOP’s Four-Year-Old Flavor

In MI Gov Race, It's Labor's Taste for Change vs. the GOP's Four-Year-Old Flavor
  In the Michigan gubernatorial race, incumbent Rick Snyder has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but labor is making a strong last-second push for his opponent, former state senator and U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer. 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the candidates come down the home stretch with very well-funded war chests. [&hellip...
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