Posts Tagged ‘labor unions’

Dec
2016
13

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs
  Elections have consequences, and Michigan workers are about to find that out the hard way. The state House of Representatives has passed two bills that will make it harder for employees to picket and easier for employers to replace striking workers. Both bills passed along party lines, with Republicans supporting the anti-union efforts and...
Dec
2016
9

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost “Reason for Being”

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost
  Unions? The NLRB? Who needs ’em?! This appears to be the attitude of the new committee leadership under President-elect Donald Trump, which includes Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), the incoming chair of the congressional panel that oversees labor issues in the House of Representatives: Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for...
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Dec
2016
5

Trump’s Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off

Trump's Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off
  During the 2016 campaign season, Donald Trump promised to make a lot of “really great deals.” It’s starting to look like his first one is a bust. Trump is giving $6 million in tax subsidies and $1 million in training grants to Carrier, an Indiana company owned by United Technologies, over 10 years. In exchange,...
Nov
2016
16

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump's $1T Infrastructure Plan
  On its face, Donald Trump’s promise to invest one trillion dollars into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure looks like a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the the U.S. a D+ on infrastructure and decades of underfunding have left us in serious need of an overhaul. The ASCE estimates that it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth
  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first comprehensive high school program for students interested in entering the construction trades. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not afraid the program will discourage students’ higher educations aspirations so much as it will offer options to students for...
Oct
2016
25

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377
  Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the passage of Bill C-4 through the House of Commons last week. The bill aims to repeal anti-labor legislation, most notably Bill C-377, passed by the previous administration during a prior legislative session. C-377 aggressively targets labor unions with onerous bookkeeping and...
Oct
2016
19

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey’s Interlake Tunnel Project

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey's Interlake Tunnel Project
  In August, the debate over funding for the $78.2 million Interlake Tunnel project in Monterey, California began to heat up. A $10 million state grant tied to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) hung in the balance. But last week, the county water resources agency staff recommended the Board of Supervisors accept the funding:...
Sep
2016
6

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They’ve Been in a Decade

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They've Been in a Decade
  Americans are warming up to organized labor. Or, more precisely, warming back up. Reheating, if you will. A new Gallup poll shows 52% believe labor unions benefit the broader U.S. economy, while only 41% believe unions hurt the economy. Although that slim majority is still below the historical norm, it is the most optimistic [&hellip...
Aug
2016
2

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will do whatever it takes to make sure his former cronies in the Chamber of Commerce get what they want. He demonstrated as much late last month when he vetoed several pieces of legislation, most notably Senate Bill 2964, designed to help Illinois workers. The bill stipulated that workers on [&hellip...
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...
Mar
2016
30

Words Alone Can’t Capture the Importance of Yesterday’s Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.

Words Alone Can't Capture the Importance of Yesterday's Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.
  Workers’ rights advocates earned an indescribably important victory on Wednesday when the 8-person Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. This means a lower court ruling in favor of labor union rights stays in tact.  The lower court, the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San...
Jan
2016
26

C-4 to Your Door, No Beef No More: Canadian Treasury Righting (Some of) Old Admin’s Labor Wrongs

C-4 to Your Door, No Beef No More: Canadian Treasury Righting (Some of) Old Admin's Labor Wrongs
  In Canada, the Treasury Board has notified public sector unions that one of its “first orders of business” when parliament resumes this week is to repeal sections of Bill C-59, which gave the government the power to impose a unilateral sick-leave standard.  The news comes as Canada’s largest public sector union, the Public Service...