Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law...

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in...

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May
2016
24

Typically Optimistic Trade Commission Admits the Gravity of TPP Outlook; $21B Deficit Projected

Typically Optimistic Trade Commission Admits the Gravity of TPP Outlook; $21B Deficit Projected
  The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) must write a report for each free trade agreement the United States enters into.  In the past they have come under fire for reaching to produce overoptimistic results.  For example, the group said that wages would grow for American, Mexican, and Canadian workers under NAFTA. They also...
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May
2016
24

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits
  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a lengthy speech about the so-called “gig economy.” She called on Congress to modernize labor protections and for misclassified workers to receive a system of “portable benefits.”  While the speech may not have put companies such as Uber and Lyft in...
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May
2016
20

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership
  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield on Wednesday to protest Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The activists called on the governor to pass a budget following an 11-month impasse. The rally came just days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would...
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May
2016
19

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA
  In a post titled “You Won’t Read About This!,” United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12 business manager, Harry Bretty, highlights the 58th Annual Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Breakfast, at which almost $590,000 in scholarships were awarded to the children of union members.   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO website...
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May
2016
19

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case
  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the organization’s attempt to prevent local prevailing wage laws in cities like Lansing. Their request was ruled unconstitutional. Citing a court case from 1923, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of local prevailing wage laws and...
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May
2016
19

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co’s Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co's Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation
  Amidst an extended contract dispute with Verizon in the U.S., the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has uncovered a massive Filipino offshoring operation being run by the company. CWA was previously aware of the operation’s existence, but a four-day tour of the Philippines by Verizon representatives who are on strike showed that...
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May
2016
17

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co’s Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co's Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows
  The Office of California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced an amnesty program for drayage trucking companies that misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.  The program extends through the end of 2016 and allows companies to avoid liability if they reclassify their drivers as employees.   Known as the Motor Carrier...
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May
2016
17

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul
  OSHA has issued a new final rule that will require employers to keep a record of its employees’ injuries and illnesses in hopes of identifying hazards and preventing additional or similar injuries and illnesses.  The big data will be available on the Internet for all to see. According to OSHA, the new final rule [&hellip...
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May
2016
17

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them
  An amazing piece of long-form investigative journalism from the San Jose Mercury News shines light on the hidden, foreign workforce being brought to the U.S. on faulty B1/B2 visas in order to build auto factories.  At the heart of the story is a new multi-million dollar paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. An injury...
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May
2016
17

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks
  A new report has revealed labor law compliance so bad in the poultry industry that some workers have taken to wearing diapers at work and restricting fluids because they are being denied bathroom breaks.  The revelation comes from a new Oxfam report, ‘Lives on the Line: The Human Cost of Cheap Chicken.’  Oxfam is [&hellip...
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May
2016
13

GA Becomes 4th State to Implement “Move Over” Law for Utility Workers; IBEW Applauds Move

GA Becomes 4th State to Implement
  Georgia has become the 4th state to pass legislation requiring drivers to slow down and “move over” when utility workers are performing their duties on the side of the road. They join Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana in enacting such laws. HB 767, known as the “Move Over for Linemen Law,” was passed with [&hellip...
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May
2016
13

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B
  A new first-of-its-kind study has found that the economic outcomes of veterans would be profoundly affected if states with strong-to-moderate prevailing wage laws were to weaken their standards.  The study was conducted by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute’s Frank Manzo IV; University of Illinois-Urbana Professor Robert Bruno;...
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