Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Oct
2015
15

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam
  As BC Hydro begins the contract process for construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River near Fort St. John, British Columbia, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115 is putting pressure on the region’s leaders to help ensure local workers get jobs on the project.  The $8.3 billion project [&hellip…;
Oct
2015
14

NLRB: Dues Check Off to Extend Beyond Expired Contracts, Leveling Playing Field in Disputes

NLRB: Dues Check Off to Extend Beyond Expired Contracts, Leveling Playing Field in Disputes
  A landmark decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the Lincoln Lutheran case will make union dues “check off” continue past contract expiration unless the parties agree on a new contract or the employer declares an impasse and implements its last best offer.  The 3-2 decision reverses a 50-year-old policy first…
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Oct
2015
13

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov’s Executive Order

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov's Executive Order
  On October 6th, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 49 to expand registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth.  According to the governor’s office, the EO will help create 500,000 new jobs in Virginia.  McAuliffe’s aim is to help Virginia’s economy by providing new opportunities for young…
Oct
2015
13

Apprenticeship Made Easy: CA Gov Signs Building Trades’ AB509 to Free Up Training Funds

Apprenticeship Made Easy: CA Gov Signs Building Trades' AB509 to Free Up Training Funds
  In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 509, the Higher-Ed Workforce Investment Act, into law. The bill was sponsored by Assemblymember Henry Perea and seeks to help grow pre-apprenticeship programs in areas of California where unemployment is high.   The bill specifically exempts pre-apprenticeship and training programs from having…
Oct
2015
9

New Poll Shows Low-Wage Workers Could Sway 2016 Election, $15 Minimum Wage is Winning Issue

New Poll Shows Low-Wage Workers Could Sway 2016 Election, $15 Minimum Wage is Winning Issue
  A new poll conducted by YouGov and Harris Panel shows that low income, non-union workers would be more likely to vote in the presidential election if there was a candidate who promised a $15 minimum wage and a union for fast food workers.  The study was conducted on behalf of the National Employment Law [&hellip…;
Oct
2015
9

Damning Data Reveals Suppression of Prevailing Wage, Abuses of Foreign Workers in Alberta

Damning Data Reveals Suppression of Prevailing Wage, Abuses of Foreign Workers in Alberta
  The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) claims the conservative government is using old, inaccurate data to drive down wages for the province’s workers and bring in temporary foreign workers to fill jobs at lower rates.  The claim follows new data revelations from the labour group.  The practice is part of a larger scheme to [&hellip…;
Oct
2015
8

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters
  Union workers have been bannering the Radisson Hotel in Duluth, Minnesota for weeks. As locals, they are offended that the hotel’s new owner decided to use non-union painters, shipped in from Texas, for renovation work.  On Friday, their cause spread as they were joined in solidarity by 600 members of the American Federation of…
Oct
2015
8

Trans-Pacific Partnership Complete. Nations Hold Breath. Clinton Speaks Out.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Complete. Nations Hold Breath. Clinton Speaks Out.
  After years of secret negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is complete and now awaits months of intense scrutiny before being voted on by Congress.  Negotiators of the controversial “free trade” agreement between the United States, Japan, and 10 other pacific rim nations reached a final agreement in Atlanta on Monday.  Given…
Oct
2015
6

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  As the Solar City factory in Buffalo, NY prepares to greatly expand its construction workforce, city officials excitedly announced that hiring goals for minorities and women have been exceeded on the project.  The goals, along with mandates for apprentices to make up 10 percent of the workforce, were part of a Project Labor Agreement…
Oct
2015
1

Contractors: Prevailing Wage Repeal in MI Will Crush Workforce, Training Opportunities for Youth

Contractors: Prevailing Wage Repeal in MI Will Crush Workforce, Training Opportunities for Youth
  On Monday, members of Michigan Prevails, an organization of construction and trades groups, held a press conference to push back against prevailing wage repeal. They called for the public to be given the chance to decide the law’s fate while contractors predicted the downfall of workforce development. The press conference coincided…
Sep
2015
30

Boilermakers Apprenticeship Competition Winner Again Hails from Helmets to Hardhats

Boilermakers Apprenticeship Competition Winner Again Hails from Helmets to Hardhats
  For the second time in three years, a Boilermakers Local 169 member who joined the Detroit-based union through the Helmets to Hardhats program has won top honors at the National Apprenticeship Competition.  Jonathan Nevedal is his name. Nevedal also helped bring home Team Honors for the Great Lakes region. He was joined by Milwaukee-based…
Sep
2015
30

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy
  A recent article in Bloomberg Politics suggests that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s exit from the presidential election is a sign that the political appeal of bashing unions has peaked.  As a last ditch effort to save his campaign, which just months earlier saw him polling as the favorite in Iowa, Walker announced he would…