Posts Tagged ‘Union’

Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the…
Mar
2015
3

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters
  On Friday, shuttle drivers for five major Silicon Valley tech firms…
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Feb
2015
3

On a Roll: Canadian Supreme Court Follows Right-to-Unionize Vote with Affirmation of Right to Strike

On a Roll: Canadian Supreme Court Follows Right-to-Unionize Vote with Affirmation of Right to Strike
  In a 5-2 vote, the Canadian Supreme Court has reaffirmed that a worker’s right to strike is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The court ruled “that the right to strike is an essential part of the collective bargaining process in Canada’s system of labour relations.”  The court also ruled that…
Jan
2015
27

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0
  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), awarding them a victory in their new battle against the School Reform Commission (SRC).  In October, the SRC attempted to make drastic changes to the PFT’s health care contributions using the powers it interpreted itself as having under…
Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip…;
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
15

National Right to Work Committee Opposes Local RTW Ordinances (For All the Wrong Reasons)

National Right to Work Committee Opposes Local RTW Ordinances (For All the Wrong Reasons)
  With counties across Kentucky rapidly passing unprecedented “Right-to-Work” ordinances, activists and lobbies on both sides of the issue are scrambling to establish their position on what they once thought would only be a state-level type legislation. This is not limited to “Right-to-Work” opponents. The National Right to…
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…
Dec
2014
16

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America…
Dec
2014
11

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created
  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new union jobs will be added across the country.  The announcement of employment expansion came after months of discussions between UPS and the Teamsters.   In late April the new contract took effect.  It covers 240,000 Teamsters and is the largest…