With Contract Newly Expired, Women's National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

With Contract Newly Expired, Women’s National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

  On December 31, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the U.S. Women’s...

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin's

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Deemed Unconstitutional

  A federal judge has ruled that a portion of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is...

Exposé Reveals

Exposé Reveals “Years of Exposure to Highly Toxic Chemicals” at Ontario GE Plant

  The Toronto Star has published a shocking exposé on health conditions at a General Electric...

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing...

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Oct
2016
14

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
  Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning “gig economy,” Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it’s a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs...
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Oct
2016
12

Union-Busters Busted: Walmart and Home Depot Anti-Union Videos Feature Identical “Workers”

Union-Busters Busted: Walmart and Home Depot Anti-Union Videos Feature Identical
  What’s better than one incredibly lame anti-union infomercial? Why, two incredibly lame anti-union infomercials, of course! Preferably with the exact same actors and script. At least, that appears to be the thinking behind Walmart’s and Home Depot’s oddly similar (and similarly terrible) pieces of video propaganda. Via...
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Oct
2016
12

They Don’t Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation

They Don't Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation
  Voter suppression is alive and well in GOP country. In Wisconsin, a federal district court judge has ordered the state to investigate the DMV and its voter ID process. The court order follows recent revelations regarding minority voters who were denied voter IDs despite providing the necessary documentation to the DMV. Wisconsin law...
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Oct
2016
12

THIS IS NOT A TEST: VA Ballot Measure Would Make “Right-to-Work” Virtually Irreversible

THIS IS NOT A TEST: VA Ballot Measure Would Make
  Virginia has had some form of Right-to-Work law on its books since 1947. Now the Republican state legislature would like to see that anti-union language immortalized in the state constitution. The only thing standing in their way? Voters, who will have the opportunity to approve or deny the measure at the ballot box in [&hellip...
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Oct
2016
11

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor: “It’s Pure and Simple Greed”

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor:
  Construction workers took to the streets of San Jose late last month to voice their displeasure with Cupertino-based developer KT Urban. Their complaints do not begin and end with KT, however. Union members are frustrated with a growing shift in Silicon Valley toward hiring non-union workers on development projects: Workers say it’s part...
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Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,...
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Oct
2016
11

Right-Wing Think Tank Wins Court Battle for Union Members’ Names, Now They Want Birth Dates

Right-Wing Think Tank Wins Court Battle for Union Members' Names, Now They Want Birth Dates
  After a protracted legal battle with the Freedom Foundation, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 has officially handed over a list of its members to the conservative think tank. The Freedom Foundation will use the list to send out mailers to members of the Washington state caregivers union letting them know they can leave...
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Oct
2016
7

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)
  Oregon janitorial company Cornerstone Janitorial Services has been banned from working on all future state public works contracts. It is only the second lifetime ban ever imposed by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects, the company agreed to pay $144,000 in damages...
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Oct
2016
7

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize
  Uber and Lyft drivers recently held a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) office in Long Island City, Queens. More than 14,000 rideshare drivers have petitioned in favor of unionization. The drivers are frustrated about shrinking pay, increasingly strict driver policies, and soaring commissions charges. Their attempts...
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Oct
2016
7

Hillary Clinton: “I really support union apprenticeship programs.”

Hillary Clinton:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has spent much of the 2016 election season focusing on job creation and the economy. She often describes “building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top” and “offering real solutions to create more good-paying jobs and get incomes rising across the...
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Oct
2016
5

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor
  New Jersey’s Essex County and Community Education Center Inc. (CEC) is among the largest re-entry and in-prison treatment service providers in the United States. And now it owes $4.8 million in back wages and benefits to over 100 detention officers at Delaney Hall Center in Newark. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cited the county...
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Oct
2016
5

STUDY: 25% of Workers Receive Political Messages from their Boss, Sometimes with Threats

STUDY: 25% of Workers Receive Political Messages from their Boss, Sometimes with Threats
  According to a new paper published by the American Political Science Association, approximately one-quarter of American employees are burdened with their boss’ political beliefs. The paper, authored by Harvard University doctoral candidate Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, says one-fifth of those workers are subjected to “economic...
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