Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Sep
2015
10

Seattle City Councilman Introduces Novel Legislation to Give Uber Drivers Bargaining Rights

Seattle City Councilman Introduces Novel Legislation to Give Uber Drivers Bargaining Rights
  Seattle city councilman Mike O’Brien has announced legislation which would allow independent contractors such as Uber drivers to collectively bargain for better working conditions. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not currently allow them to do so.  In the past year Seattle has raised the minimum wage to $15, criminalized…
Sep
2015
8

More Reports of MI Signature Collectors Lying to Get Prevailing Wage Repeal on the Ballot

More Reports of MI Signature Collectors Lying to Get Prevailing Wage Repeal on the Ballot
  In Michigan, the well-funded wage opposition group Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is reporting that it is nearing the 252,523 signatures it needs to place a repeal of the prevailing wage on the ballot.  Using this method, Michigan Republicans can bypass Gov. Rick Snyder who opposes repeal and promised to veto the toxic middle class attack….
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Sep
2015
8

Medical Journal: Unionized Construction Workers 29% Less Likely to Suffer Critical Work Injuries

Medical Journal: Unionized Construction Workers 29% Less Likely to Suffer Critical Work Injuries
  A wide-ranging new Canadian study has found that unionized construction workers reported 23 percent fewer injuries that require time off than their non-unionized counterparts.  The study was conducted by the Institute for Work and Health and focused on the years 2006 to 2012. It was published by the Journal of Occupational and…
Sep
2015
3

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise…
Sep
2015
3

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)
  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite political opposition.  In early August the Regional Transportation Council decided to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep planning efforts in place for the portion of the system that would connect Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas.  The second phase of…
Sep
2015
2

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites
  Just days after a worker fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft to his death in Manhattan, the City Department of Buildings released figures showing that construction injuries jumped 34 percent in the previous fiscal year.  The Department of Buildings issued two violations at the non-union construction site after placing a stop work order…
Sep
2015
2

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say
  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing affordability in its crosshairs ahead of a vote in favor of an abatement for an affordable housing unit expected to bring jobs to the city.  According to Earl Morgan, who writes a weekly column for NJ.com: A flock of mostly [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
27

“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the…
Aug
2015
24

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits
  A bevy of recent misclassification cases in California show how widespread the epidemic has become in an array of industries over the past half a decade.  But last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had settled with National Consolidated Couriers Inc. for a whopping $5 million in unpaid wages and [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who…
Aug
2015
17

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out
  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A & P Grocery, has informed the United Food and Commercial Workers that it will fire up to 25,000 workers as it seeks to sell or close its stores in the mid-atlantic. The company has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to set [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform…