Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

Sep
2012
12

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Day 3 of Strike to Save the City’s Schools

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Day 3 of Strike to Save the City's Schools
For a third straight day, Chicago’s public school teachers (members of the Chicago Teachers Union) will be on strike to protest the direction that Chicago’s school system is headed. The CTU and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are at odds on a handful of issues, leaving 350,000 students unable to attend school. The catch is, however, that [&hellip...
Sep
2012
11

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs
Retrofitting buildings has the potential to reduce our nation’s energy usage by 20 percent while creating more than 150,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With city leaders on the constant hunt for new revenue streams, making buildings more energy efficient through retrofitting can reduce budgets by 10 percent. Numerous...
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Sep
2012
11

$5.5 Million Wage Theft Recovery Case Makes Waves in Connecticut

Instances of employers being fined for wage theft appear to be increasing as awareness of the issue increases. In the Northeast, this has been especially true since Massachusetts created a task force to address the issue. But their counterpart slightly South, Connecticut, recently registered one of the biggest wage theft victories of the year when...
Sep
2012
10

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement
Yesterday’s big first NFL day was pretty magical. How could it not be, right!? Football’s back. Not so fast. Many in the labor movement are down on the NFL for their use of replacement referees (or, scabs!) during a referee lockout that is potentially endangering players and certainly driving down wages. Still, several games this...
Sep
2012
10

“Corporate monopolies that own railroad bridges, hydroelectric dams, and high-pressure pipelines have skimped on taking care of this infrastructure, putting lives and property across America at unnecessary risk…”

America’s crumbling infrastructure has been given a “D” grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers which recommended $2.2 trillion be spent on maintenance and upgrades of roads, bridges, oil lines, telecommunications systems, and levees that are decaying at a dangerous pace. Catastrophes like the New Orleans levee breach...
Sep
2012
10

After Battling With Machinists, Boeing Foists Its Greedy Eyes on Engineers

After Battling With Machinists, Boeing Foists Its Greedy Eyes on Engineers
As Boeing continues its assault on unions, labor officials representing the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) say the two sides are “in open conflict.” The SPEEA and Boeing are just weeks away from a deadline to complete a deal. On behalf of the 23,000 Pugent Sound employees, Ray Goforth of the SPEEA...
Sep
2012
10

Michigan Supreme Court Approves Three More Ballot Initiatives, Denies Casino Construction

Michigan Supreme Court Approves Three More Ballot Initiatives, Denies Casino Construction
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled last week that three previously challenged proposals will make the November ballot while a fourth, that would have authorized new casinos in the state, will not. This decision brings the total number of approved ballot initiatives to six. This, in turn, is expected to increase voter turnout for the Presidential...
Sep
2012
6

Pres. Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans

Last week, President Obama issued an executive order directing key federal departments to improve access to mental health services for military veterans and their families. Expanded services will include access to substance abuse programs and increased suicide prevention measures. Many of our nation’s sons and daughters who took up a call to...
Sep
2012
6

Sorry, Paul Ryan. Honey Boo Boo’s Got Your Number.

Sorry, Paul Ryan.  Honey Boo Boo's Got Your Number.
There is something to be said about the likability of your party’s Vice Presidential candidate. In the case of Paul Ryan, that something happens to be “holy crap, what a loser.” See, Nielsen ratings show that Fox News’ own coverage of Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech came in second to a TLC reality show titled...
Sep
2012
5

McCann: Using NLRB “Abnormally Dangerous Condition” Clause, NFL Players Could Refuse to Play With Replacement Refs

McCann: Using NLRB
An interesting take on the NFL’s current labor situation concerning locked out referees and their temporary replacements comes from Michael McCann of the Sports Law Blog who suggests that despite the NFLPA’s “no strike” deal, the players could still join in solidarity with referees by inciting an NLRB clause that...
Sep
2012
5

Democratic Party Platform Seeks to Deter Misclassification, Prevent Paycheck Deception

Democratic Party Platform Seeks to Deter Misclassification, Prevent Paycheck Deception
“The American middle class is under assault after a prior GOP administration that was bent on destroying unions, the president and the Democratic Party believe in the right to organize” and in “supporting American workers with strong labor laws.” These words come from the pages of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, being...
Sep
2012
5

MA Task Force Finds Massive Wage Violations at Boston Marriot that Unions Have Protested

MA Task Force Finds Massive Wage Violations at Boston Marriot that Unions Have Protested
A Massachusetts Task Force on the Underground Economy review has revealed multiple labor and tax violations by 15 separate construction companies during the $18 million renovation of the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Contractors failed to report $1.2 million in wages that would have brought an extra $86,000 in tax revenue to the state. 63...