Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jun
2015
5

58 Misclassified Plumbers and Pipefitters Awarded Back Wages for U.S. Army Work in Hawaii

58 Misclassified Plumbers and Pipefitters Awarded Back Wages for U.S. Army Work in Hawaii
  A recent federal investigation found that a California-based HVAC subcontractor must pay $99,681 in back wages and penalties to 58 workers who worked on three U.S. Army projects in Hawaii between 2011 and 2013.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Critchfield Pacific Inc. misclassified plumbers and pipefitters as…
May
2015
20

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip…;
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May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata…
Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that…
Apr
2015
15

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs
  Former Maryland National Guard member Kevin Burton is a proud veteran who has transitioned well to civilian life, becoming an electrician with the help of the Helmets to Hardhats program.   She spent six years in the military repairing ammunitions radar and left as a Specialist with a deep knowledge of electronics and troubleshooting…
Apr
2015
10

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus
  In a hugely positive move for workers, the Long Beach City Council has voted unanimously in favor of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which will cover an estimated $28 million worth of construction.  The decision followed five months of intense negotiation.  The PLA will cover projects costing $500,000 or more and has a [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
6

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program
  On his 90th birthday, Paul Penn, the father of Vice President and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Midwest Regional Manager John Penn, finally received the medals he earned for his service in World War II.  This incredible birthday gift came courtesy of LiUNA’s Midwest Veterans Committee, which helps members…
Apr
2015
6

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction
  A recent Pew Research study found that since the Great Recession, the number of undocumented immigrants in the American workforce has not changed, but has shifted slightly in its makeup.  More undocumented workers now work white collar jobs while fewer work in the blue collar service, construction, and production industries.  62% of…
Apr
2015
2

MO Gov Withdraws Request for St. Louis County to Contribute to New Stadium Cost, Making Building Trades Uneasy

MO Gov Withdraws Request for St. Louis County to Contribute to New Stadium Cost, Making Building Trades Uneasy
  In a surprise move, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has informed the office of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stegner that the county will no longer be asked to contribute financing for a new Rams stadium.   The last financing plan from the Governor’s office has the county contributing $6 million annually.  The move raises questions…
Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long…
Mar
2015
24

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor’s Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor's Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement
  Two conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have developed an unlikely kinship with unions through their support for capping the number of H-1B visas available to U.S. employers.  GOP Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama both serve on the committee; Grassley is the chairman and Sessions heads the subcommittee…
Feb
2015
17

NPR Highlights New Generation’s Growing Interest in Apprenticeship Over College

NPR Highlights New Generation's Growing Interest in Apprenticeship Over College
  The country’s younger millennials, those on the brink of post-secondary education, are at an important crossroads. They must decide if they are willing to stare down massive college debt while trying to obtain a four-year college degree that comes with fewer and fewer job guarantees, or whether they want to build a career using…