Posts Tagged ‘Labor’

Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Jun
2016
1

Class Act: Big 7th Circuit Court Decision Protects Workers from Predatory Arbitration Clauses

Class Act: Big 7th Circuit Court Decision Protects Workers from Predatory Arbitration Clauses
  The Seventh Circuit Court has ruled that workers cannot be prohibited from bringing class action lawsuits against their employers, even if they signed a “forced arbitration clause” as a term of their employment.  The decision is the result of a case against medical software company Epic Systems, which forced its employees to sign over...
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May
2016
24

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History
  Newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the percentage of foreign-born workers in the U.S. workforce is at a two-decade high. In 2015 there were 26.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.7 percent of the total.  The figure is the highest since the BLS began [&hellip...
Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip...
Feb
2016
12

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI’s Infrastructure

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI's Infrastructure
  The Rhode Island legislature is currently debating a plan which would raise tolls on big-rig trucks in order to pay for long overdue infrastructure improvements. Known as RhodeWorks, the plan is supported by a wide array of groups and would help the department of transportation fund a massive infrastructure overhaul in a state where...
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...
Jan
2015
21

One of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice

One of Michelle Obama's State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice
  Considering this site’s frequent focus on skilled trades apprenticeship, it seems only fitting to celebrate the recognition by the Obama administration of a union apprentice whose live was forever changed by the opportunity to train with the Laborers International Union of America. Below is a press release from North America’s...
Jan
2015
14

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites
  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Special Commission on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail Projects has released a report after looking into what the contracts have delivered on infrastructure and construction projects.  Established in August of 2012, the commission was made up of five members appointed by...
Jan
2015
9

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium
  A major Interlake Tunnel Project was given the green light in California last month after the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the estimated $63 million construction.  The approval was linked to Assembly Bill 155 (AB 155) which requires a “design-build” method as opposed to the traditional “design-bid-build”...
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray...
Jan
2015
8

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing “Right-to-Work” Ordinances Despite State’s Opposition

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing
  In Western Kentucky an ordinance at year’s end made Warren County the first county in the nation to pass a “Right-to-Work” law.  The decision was approved by Warren County Fiscal Court after magistrates passed the legislation on a 5-1 vote.  Warren County is home to the city of Bowling Green, where Chevy builds its [&hellip...
Jan
2015
7

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin “Right-to-Work” Law

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin
  As Wisconsin Republicans attempt to build momentum for the formal introduction of “Right-to-Work” legislation, a group representing over 300 private businesses is speaking out against the anti-worker move.  The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) announced Monday that it would defeat “Right-to-Work” if it is brought before the...