Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas...

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

  As the City of Toledo moves forward with a new sewer project, community and labor leaders...

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

  The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for...

Union Local Vital to Napa Earthquake Emergency Response Effort

Union Local Vital to Napa Earthquake Emergency Response Effort

  Following the earthquake that rocked Napa, California early Sunday morning, members of...

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Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn’t Be too Excited (Yet)

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn't Be too Excited (Yet)
  The latest polling from Marquette University Law School shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker virtually tied with his democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the leadup to the November election.  Analysis shows that among registered voters Walker holds a 46-45 lead, but ‘voters most likely to participate in the election’ give Burke a...
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With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and...
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2014
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ANALYST: “It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills”

  The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment.   The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers....
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2014
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United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...
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2014
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New Jersey’s Pension Fund Thriving Despite State’s Financially Risky Maneuvers

  The value of the state of New Jersey’s Pension Fund is currently $80 billion with analysts projecting a 16 percent return in fiscal year 2014.  This news comes a month after Gov. Chris Christie made significant cuts to annual contributions in the 2014 budget.   At the latest meeting of the investment council, Chairman [&hellip...
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2014
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Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
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2014
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Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment
  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the benefits of apprenticeships, noting the positive effect they have on the careers of those who participate.  The article seeks to provide examples of those who have benefited from apprenticeship across numerous fields, but it does so while ignoring union apprenticeships entirely....
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2014
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Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video

Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video
  On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a White House White Board session in which he laid out why America must rebuild its roads and bridges. In the video (below) Biden explains the history of how America has built infrastructure and how slowing that progress has lowered us to 28th in infrastructure investment internationally...
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2014
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Canada Passed an Asbestos Law Aimed at Raising Safety and Awareness, but Nobody is Complying With It

  The early months of a new asbestos registry in Saskatchewan are proving problematic as many institutions required to provide reports have failed to do so and others have submitted reports over two decades old.   Jesse Todd, whose stepfather Howard Willems died of mesothelioma after a 31-year career as a building inspector, pushed for...
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2014
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In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent
  St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote.  With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to [&hellip...
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2014
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Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB
  In Chicago, a showdown over bathroom breaks between WaterSaver Faucet Company workers and management has made its way to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  New regulations from the company allots six minutes per day for each employee to use the bathroom and violators are being forced to discuss their bathroom activities and face...
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Jul
2014
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Investigation Finds MTA Contractor Underpaid Security Workers, $1.3M Settlement Reached

  After an investigation by the office of New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, security workers for AlliedBarton Security Services who were contracted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) but did not receive prevailing wages will share a $1.3 million settlement.   According to the New York Daily News, the settlement effects 143...
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