Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join...

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American...

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide...

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose...

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2014
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CHART: College Is So Not Worth It

CHART: College Is So Not Worth It
  Yesterday’s Bloomberg chart of the day further proves an argument we’ve made multiple times on We Party Patriots, that compared to a four-year college degree apprenticeship is a more cost-effective, reliable tool to launch a career in America.   The chart (above) shows that college tuition costs have ballooned 13-fold since 1978....
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IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost
  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the benefits of America’s nuclear power plants, has added International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill and North American Building and Construction Trades head Sean McGarvey to its leadership council.  In adding the two...
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Aug
2014
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Damning Docs: Alberta Labor Leaders Find New Proof of Gov’t Role in Wage Suppression

  Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) President Gil McGowan claims documents unearthed by an Access to Information request show the Canadian government colluded with businesses to use the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program to repress wages in certain industries. The program, which has made some changes after coming under fire in the past...
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2014
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NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
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Aug
2014
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REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
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Aug
2014
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Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise

Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise
  In over 20 congressional districts, websites made to look like legitimate news sites have popped up offering a one-sided attack against Democratic candidates.  And the perpetrators of this world wide web of lies won’t come as much of a surprise. With names like “Central Valley Update” and “Augusta Update,” the sites posit to...
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Aug
2014
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Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud
  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections.  Executive Order 24 directs...
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Aug
2014
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Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
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Aug
2014
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Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch
  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux in an attempt to defeat legislation that would undermine the company’s interest in relocating its corporate headquarters overseas, a move that would save the company billions in taxes.   The primary bill in question is...
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Aug
2014
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Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision
  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe as “systematic wage theft.”  The lawsuit, filed in federal court, details ways in which the company forced its employees to participate in off-the-clock activities.   The plaintiffs, Karolis Kubelskas and Emily Brunner, claim that unreasonably...
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Aug
2014
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PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
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Aug
2014
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Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab

Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab
  Secret negotiations are being held in the banking haven of Geneva between 50 countries, including the United States, concerning the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA).  The result of a series of seven talks held since 2012, the TISA end game would be to set international terms for close to 70 percent of global trade [&hellip...
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