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Oct
2015
20

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing
  New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James came together last week to announce a $150 million investment from the city retirement system into a $1 billion AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) plan to build or renovate up to 20,000 below-market apartments. The projects would be done entirely by union labor….
Oct
2015
14

Boom Times: Michigan’s MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year

Boom Times: Michigan's MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year
  Building trades leaders spoke on CBS 62’s Michigan Matters touting the MUST Michigan program and its goal of creating awareness about apprenticeship.  Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council, and Donna Pardonnet, Executive Director of ACT Michigan, serve as MUST Careers Labor…
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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
6

Ralliers Ring in CT’s New Wage Theft Law With a Bang (Read: Protest of Non-Compliant Businesses)

Ralliers Ring in CT's New Wage Theft Law With a Bang (Read: Protest of Non-Compliant Businesses)
  In New Haven, Connecticut, members of Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA) rallied outside of a restaurant, La Carreta, to celebrate the enactment of state bill 914 and bring attention to wage theft they claim has occurred there.  SB 914, an anti-wage theft bill, went into effect on October 1st.  The popular Mexican fast food [&hellip…;
Oct
2015
2

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job
  NOTE: One article this post points to went behind paywall after publication Contractors who worked on the new Apple flagship store in San Francisco claim they have yet to be paid, sparking a conflict between one of the world’s largest companies and local contractors and unions.  Build Group says a $5.2 million bill is [&hellip…;
Sep
2015
29

St. Louis Ironworkers’ Gesture for Young Cancer Patient Spurs Union to Raise $10,000 for Family

St. Louis Ironworkers' Gesture for Young Cancer Patient Spurs Union to Raise $10,000 for Family
  It began with two construction workers waving to a two-year-old cancer patient, isolated in a Children’s Hospital room. Then one day, they took a few seconds to write “get well soon” on a steel beam they were placing on a new construction opposite her window.  A friendship was sparked. The pair of Ironworkers Local…
Sep
2015
25

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage
  On Wednesday, the Portage School Board unanimously voted to approve a responsible bidding policy for work on school construction projects.  The move follows Portage Mayor James Snyder’s proposal of a similar ordinance citywide, which was passed by council.  The ordinances are considered necessary following the state legislature’s…
Sep
2015
24

NYC Construction Unions Rally for Abused Workers, Cite Need for Prevailing Wage

NYC Construction Unions Rally for Abused Workers, Cite Need for Prevailing Wage
  Over 100 unionized construction workers were joined by politicians, labor leaders, and members of community action groups in the Bronx to rally around workers who walked off an unsafe and abusive jobsite.  The workers were employed by subcontractor U.S. Crane and Rigging, one of nearly a dozen iron work firms owned by the Queens-based…
Sep
2015
16

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement
  A Rhode Island construction company will pay more than $730,000 in back wages and penalties after failing to pay the prevailing wage and misclassifying employees as independent contractors during work on the University of Rhode Island’s new wellness center. The settlement was the first significant action that Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s…
Sep
2015
14

Teamsters Call on UPS to Cut Ties With ALEC

Teamsters Call on UPS to Cut Ties With ALEC
  The Teamsters have joined a coalition of 84 investor, public interest, and civil rights groups in an attempt to persuade UPS to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The so-called think tank has become widely known as a corporate bill mill that pushes a specific agenda throughout the country’s state…
Sep
2015
10

Breaking Down Anti-Union Stereotypes One Charitable Act at a Time

Breaking Down Anti-Union Stereotypes One Charitable Act at a Time
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) recently highlighted Caleb Long, a journeyman inside wireman with Local 175 who spends his hours on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Barr Unit 2 nuclear plant, and his free time volunteering as the District 10 representative of the RENEW committee.  Long and other young…
Sep
2015
1

St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues

St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues
  In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ironworkers Local 512 recently celebrated the opening of their new apprenticeship training center.  The 18,000 square foot facility cost $3.1 million to build and was paid for by members who voted twice to raise their own dues to make the project possible.  Business manager Charlie Roberts, for whom the facility…