With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

  In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor...

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will...

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

  A suburban Chicago contractor is facing federal charges for failing to pay $1.5 million in...

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a...

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Apr
2016
8

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High
  In a recent deep-dive for In These Times, writer Spencer Woodman looked at how conservative state legislatures are going against the will of their constituents by crafting preemption laws in response to any progressive policy initiatives.  Using the example of the Tennessee legislature stopping a widely supported ballot initiative in...
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Apr
2016
8

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign
  In Binghamton, NY the city council is deciding how it will move forward following the resignation of councilmember Bill Berg, who left his position last week as part of a plea deal with the Broome County District Attorney’s office. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental administration was the impetus.  The charge stems from...
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Apr
2016
6

Oregon’s Surprising “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiative Actually Has a Shot, with a Twist

Oregon's Surprising
  Prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the subsequent pro-worker ruling in Friedrichs v. CTA, it was fairly easy to overlook the “Right-to-Work” ballot initiative heading for Oregon in November.  A SCOTUS ruling against CTA in Friedrichs would have created a de facto “Right-to-Work” law on the national level...
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Apr
2016
6

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases
  A group of documents uncovered by The Center for Media and Democracy show that support for a minimum wage increase among Chamber of Commerce (CoC) members is actually very high despite the group’s staunch opposition to any attempt to raise it.  The data comes from a survey of 1,000 business executives conducted by Luntz [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
6

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts
  A new academic paper from a trio of professors in the state of Alabama has concluded that unionization pays big dividends for professors at regional public universities.  In total, full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of $21,000 more — a 25 percent boost — in pay and benefits when they belong...
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Apr
2016
4

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor
  A former maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park has filed a claim that he was retaliated against after he and five of his co-workers were exposed to asbestos while performing work at the iconic Old Faithful Inn.  Speaking to the Associated Press, Jon Kline said that the employer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, began giving...
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Apr
2016
4

Small Guvment, Big Mouth: States’ Rights Champ Ted Cruz Supports National Right-to-Work Law

Small Guvment, Big Mouth: States' Rights Champ Ted Cruz Supports National Right-to-Work Law
  As the Republican candidates campaign before tomorrow’s Wisconsin primary, attempts are being made to beef up anti-union credentials in Scott Walker’s anti-worker policy petri dish of a state. During a radio interview last Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, recently endorsed by Gov. Walker, announced that he supports a National...
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Apr
2016
4

Prevailing Wages Win: CA’s SB7 Law Upheld, Charter Cities Can’t Skirt Proper Pay

Prevailing Wages Win: CA's SB7 Law Upheld, Charter Cities Can't Skirt Proper Pay
  In a victory for the State Building Trades of California (SBCTC), the Court of Appeals upheld SB 7, which ensures charter cities pay prevailing wages on public works projects as a condition of eligibility for state construction funding.  The bill was upheld by a 2-1 vote as it was previously in September of 2014 [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
1

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout
  Workwear company Carhartt has announced a partnership with San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to donate $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for every strikeout the lefty throws this season.  Last season, Bumgarner hit a career high with 234 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the National League.  If That would amount to $117,000 for...
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Apr
2016
1

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022
  In California, lawmakers and labor unions have agreed on a plan to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest state mandate yet. The deal was announced on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown and could be voted on as early as next week. At a press conference announcing the deal, [&hellip...
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Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards...
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Mar
2016
30

Space Persuaders: Dept of Labor Rights 50 Years of Wrong, Makes Union Busting Much Tougher

Space Persuaders: Dept of Labor Rights 50 Years of Wrong, Makes Union Busting Much Tougher
  Changing more than 50 years of bad precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week issued a new final rule to close loopholes in Section 203 of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and require companies to disclose the consultants they use to control activities during union organizing campaigns. In the name...
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