FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its...

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Apr
2016
29

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts
  San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out nine San Diego Padres in a winning effort this week, improving his record to 2-2. What’s more, the big night boosted the profile of his charitable partnership with Carhartt. Bumgarner is donating $500 to the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program for every strikeout he has this...
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Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
27

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law
  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but not unions, to use payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees.  The sweeping election law also banned elected officials in local governments from talking about ballot proposals or millage issues in the 60 days before an...
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Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
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Apr
2016
27

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL: “This is the kind of job where you can go a lot of different places.”

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL:
  The five-year apprenticeship program that is jointly run by the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of New York and Steamfitters Local 638 was recently honored for its contributions to the workforce of New York City and its efforts to improve the region’s environmental stability.  An award was presented to the program at the second...
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Apr
2016
25

The Legal Argument Used to Overturn Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Could Be Used Elsewhere

The Legal Argument Used to Overturn Wisconsin's
  In a piece for In These Times, writer Shaun Richman looks at the legal argument that could overturn “Right-to-Work” laws nationwide. The argument was recently used by the Wisconsin judge who temporarily overturned the state’s “Right-to-Work” law.  While that case is certain to be appealed and overturned by the state’s...
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Apr
2016
25

New Goldman Sachs Report Asserts that Alleged “Labor Shortage” Does Not Exist in Construction

New Goldman Sachs Report Asserts that Alleged
  A recent CNBC Reality Check column cast doubt on the widespread yet false theory that there is currently a “labor shortage” in the construction industry.  As workers advocates have argued in recent years, simple economics disprove the presence “labor shortage” theory.  A 2014 paper from economist Dale Berman of Michigan State...
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Apr
2016
25

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle
  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California drivers receiving $100 million.  Though the monetary compensation will apply only to drivers in those two states, it will also spur major policy changes that will apply to Uber drivers nationwide.  The settlement must still be approved by a judge. On...
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Apr
2016
22

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse
  A judge has ordered the owners of the La Hacienda restaurant chain to pay a whopping $1,179,045 in back wages and penalties to 119 employees that the company systematically cheated out of wages between 2011 and 2014.  In his ruling, Judge C. Weston Houck also forced the company to formally acknowledge that they will [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could...
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Apr
2016
22

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day
  A “Construction Partnership Program” has been launched in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure high safety standards during construction of the new Omni Hotel.  The agreement is a partnership between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO, and the project’s prime contractor,...
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Apr
2016
21

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate
  Over the weekend, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) performed volunteer work in communities across the United States and Canada as part of the union’s Community Day of Action.  The event resulted in thousands of volunteers renovating shelters, community centers, youth athletic fields, low-income...
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