For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program...

Ahead of Big Budget,

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out...

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off...

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General...

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Apr
2015
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Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program
  On his 90th birthday, Paul Penn, the father of Vice President and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Midwest Regional Manager John Penn, finally received the medals he earned for his service in World War II.  This incredible birthday gift came courtesy of LiUNA’s Midwest Veterans Committee, which helps members...
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Apr
2015
6

Progressives Cry Foul as Moderate Republican is Booted from NV Committee Ahead of Pension Battle

Progressives Cry Foul as Moderate Republican is Booted from NV Committee Ahead of Pension Battle
  The Nevada GOP has removed Republican assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge from the Assembly Government Affairs Committee just weeks after he bucked the party line on a bill to repeal prevailing wage requirements from school construction projects.  Trowbridge was reassigned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee where he will take the spot of...
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Apr
2015
6

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers
  Students at Max Hayes Vocational High School in Cleveland, Ohio will now be able to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program that will introduce them to the building trades and ready them for construction careers after they graduate high school.  A recent deal with city will put the region’s unions in charge of the curriculum....
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Apr
2015
6

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction
  A recent Pew Research study found that since the Great Recession, the number of undocumented immigrants in the American workforce has not changed, but has shifted slightly in its makeup.  More undocumented workers now work white collar jobs while fewer work in the blue collar service, construction, and production industries.  62% of...
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Apr
2015
3

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation
  The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) lobby has made a major $600,000 ad buy in support of a constitutional amendment which would change the way the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is selected.  For 126 years, the senior member of the State Supreme Court has been named the Chief Justice.  But the [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
3

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP’s Wage-Slashing Extremism

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP's Wage-Slashing Extremism
  As the Indiana GOP continues its partisan effort to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW), labor advocacy groups are hitting the airwaves to take their counterpoint public.  The repeal is currently in the hands of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee after Labor Committee chair Phil Boots (R- Crawfordsville) said he did...
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Apr
2015
3

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals
  New York Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio have announced that FEMA has awarded a $3 billion grant to protect and rebuild 33 NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  It is the largest FEMA grant in history.  The work will be subject to a Project Labor [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
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MO Gov Withdraws Request for St. Louis County to Contribute to New Stadium Cost, Making Building Trades Uneasy

MO Gov Withdraws Request for St. Louis County to Contribute to New Stadium Cost, Making Building Trades Uneasy
  In a surprise move, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has informed the office of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stegner that the county will no longer be asked to contribute financing for a new Rams stadium.   The last financing plan from the Governor’s office has the county contributing $6 million annually.  The move raises questions...
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Apr
2015
2

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers’ Comp

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers' Comp
  For the past year, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) has sought to gut workers’ compensation laws at the state level on behalf of their corporate donors.  The multi-state lobbying effort has already passed model legislation in Tennessee. Richard Evans, the group’s executive...
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Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long...
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Apr
2015
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OSHA Clarifies Safety Standards for Temporary Workers, Whistleblower Protections

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released three new bulletins as part of their ongoing Temporary Workers Initiative.  Started in April of 2013, the initiative aims to beef up safety protections for temporary workers by clarifying standards for both staffing agencies and the companies that hire temporary...
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Mar
2015
31

Anti-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled

Anti-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled
  A Florida bill that would ban local governments from entering into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) was shot down by a 6-1 margin, only to be saved with a procedural move by the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Jeff Brandes.  How, exactly, did he accomplish this feat? By voting against the measure himself. This allowed Brandes, [&hellip...
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