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Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news...

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and...

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on...

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor...

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Jan
2015
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Long Read: Suburban Sprawl Has Historically Posed a Problem for the Building Trades

  In a very interesting essay for Shelterforce.com, Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, writes in depth about urban sprawl and how it has negatively affected building trades workers throughout history.  It seems that as Americans moved to the suburbs, unions lost power and each individual union’s response to this sprawl as...
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Jan
2015
28

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is
  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established anti-union rhetoric during a speech at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Among the topics he discussed were prevailing wage, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), and the creation of “Right-to-Work” zones to fight what he calls “forced...
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Jan
2015
28

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn’t Closed

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn't Closed
  On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of management in the case of M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett, which centered around amended retiree health care benefits.  The case was sent for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   Nearly 500 plaintiffs, backed by the [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
28

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers’ “Ability to Negotiate Pay Raises”

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers'
  Just days after receiving raises of 11.2 percent, members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in Washington introduced a series of bills that would severely limit the ability of public employees to bargain for raises.  According to an email from the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) to its membership, the bills “use...
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Jan
2015
28

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech
  Gov. Nikki Haley put her anti-union credentials on display last week during her State of the State address when she spent a substantial amount of her time “lambasting” the efforts of Boeing workers to unionize with the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  It was music to the ears of her corporate donors, who welcome [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
27

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0
  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), awarding them a victory in their new battle against the School Reform Commission (SRC).  In October, the SRC attempted to make drastic changes to the PFT’s health care contributions using the powers it interpreted itself as having under...
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Jan
2015
27

New Report Makes Negative Impact of Misclassification on TX Economy Crystal Clear(er)

  The Texas Legislature has released a bipartisan report on employee misclassification which argues that “companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal immigration, among other serious problems.”  The report comes after a nearly year-long investigation by the...
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Jan
2015
27

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight
  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local 591 claims that supervisors pressured mechanics to release planes before they were safe to fly.  The lawsuit also claims that the airline threatened union officials with termination and arrest when they raised objections.  The suit was filed last...
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Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
23

IN Republican Joins Former Dem Mayor of Terre Haute in Opposing GOP’s Construction Wage Slashing Bill

IN Republican Joins Former Dem Mayor of Terre Haute in Opposing GOP's Construction Wage Slashing Bill
  In Indiana, two Vigo County commissioners and a union representative are speaking out against a proposed bill that would make drastic changes to the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW). The CCW is the state’s version of the prevailing wage found in other states.   Encouragingly, Republican Brad Anderson is standing alongside...
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Jan
2015
23

Houston City Council Considering $7M Training Facility for Construction Workers

Houston City Council Considering $7M Training Facility for Construction Workers
  Houston has experienced a massive construction boom which has spread the cream of the worker crop quite thin, according to some contractors.  So with multiple projects ongoing and upcoming at the region’s airports, the Houston Airport Authority (HAA) has decided to take a proactive approach by planning a construction training facility at...
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Jan
2015
23

In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

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  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and engaging in collective bargaining are constitutional rights for Canadian citizens.  The question arose from a case in which the Mounted Police Associations of Ontario — “Mounties” as they’re affectionately referred to —...
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