Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer...

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee...

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year,...

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install...

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Dec
2015
11

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution
  As 421a tax abatement negotiations continue between the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), a group of 23 state legislators are calling for an agreement to include requirements for the hiring of minority and female-owned businesses.  The group of politicians, made up of 20 members...
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Dec
2015
11

The National Security Story They Won’t Tell: TSA Agents Now Working Without a Contract

The National Security Story They Won't Tell: TSA Agents Now Working Without a Contract
  On every Sunday morning political show, in every stump speech along the campaign trail, on conservative talk radio show and online, fear mongering abounds.  Only the right knows how to deal with the complicated issues in the Middle East, they.  Only the GOP is looking out for the safety of the American citizen.   [&hellip...
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Dec
2015
11

Ohio’s Looming “Right-to-Work” Fight Features Familiar Falsehoods

Ohio's Looming
  The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony for HB 377, a law which would prohibit the collection of union dues from public sector workers who do not wish to be part of the union but are still entitled to the benefits of collective bargaining.  This is a complicated way of saying “Right-to-Work.” [&hellip...
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Dec
2015
9

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive
  The relationship between Suffolk University and the conservative-leaning Beacon Hill Institute has ended following decades of questionable research from the Institute, which is an arm of the university’s economics department but must sustain itself financially through donations.  In recent years, many of the donations came from the Koch...
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Dec
2015
9

NYC Construction Deaths Doubled From ’14 to ’15; Majority of Injuries are to Undocumented Immigrants

NYC Construction Deaths Doubled From '14 to '15; Majority of Injuries are to Undocumented Immigrants
  An investigative report from the New York Times found that the number of fatalities and injuries on construction sites in New York City surged in the last two years, partially due to what they label “woefully inadequate” safety conditions.  Using data from the NYC Buildings Department, NYT reveals that 10 workers died on construction...
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Dec
2015
9

Pair of NY Military Vets Exemplify Power of Union Apprenticeship Through Helmets to Hardhats

  The Times-Ledger recently featured a pair of Queens, NY Iraq War veterans who transitioned to civilian life through steamfitter apprenticeships in the Helmets to Hardhats program.  The program places military veterans and military members in union apprenticeship programs. Matthew Bargellini and Louis Gonzalez are now in the midst of a...
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Dec
2015
3

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away
  In Oregon, outreach efforts to ensure women have apprenticeship opportunities were rewarded at a ceremony earlier this month, during which elected officials and union leaders touted the state’s leadership and celebrated the receipt of a $3 million federal grant to develop such programs. According to the numbers, Oregon has more than...
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Dec
2015
3

Outsource n’ Force: Citizens Bank is Latest Co. to Force Laid Off Workers to Train Replacements

Outsource n' Force: Citizens Bank is Latest Co. to Force Laid Off Workers to Train Replacements
  The story is the same, the location is different.  Like those who have been forced to do so by Disney, Fossil, and Southern California Edison, American informational technology workers at Citizens Bank in Rhode Island are participating in “knowledge transfer sessions” against their will in the leadup to their layoff. If that...
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Dec
2015
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WV, MO, KY Prepare for 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fights

  In at least three states, “Right-to-Work” has reared its ugly head following the fall elections, with supporters waiting for the right time to strike (not that kind of strike) and opponents locked in what the American Prospect refers to as a “never-ending game of “Right-to-Work” whack-a-mole.” Republicans in West Virginia,...
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Dec
2015
2

Long-Time IBEW Member Named Louisiana Gov-Elect’s Chief of Staff

Long-Time IBEW Member Named Louisiana Gov-Elect's Chief of Staff
  Just hours after winning the Louisiana governor’s race, John Bel Edwards named his transition team and included a familiar labor face.  State Senator Ben Nevers, a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will be his new Chief of Staff when he takes office. Edwards praised Nevers, telling...
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Nov
2015
30

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced $30 million of pension fund investment into Detroit’s Neighborhood Home Repair program. The work associated with the investment will employ union workers to renovate up to 300 blighted homes across the city and expand local apprenticeship, thus kickstarting careers for the local...
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Nov
2015
30

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work
  U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez toured the $345 million wharf project at Naval Base Kitsap this week, which is being built primarily with local labor thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Some lawmakers now want to see such agreements become the standard for similar Department of Defense projects.   After touring the [&hellip...
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