Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

May
2016
11

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for work on the latest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) natural gas-fired plant, a $975 million project, is helping grow the Memphis Building Trades. The deal ensures that work stays local and includes businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  The successful PLA may seem out of place in…
May
2016
10

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against “Right-to-Work”; Legal Argument Echoes Recent WI Ruling

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against
  The West Virginia AFL-CIO has announced that it will join a coalition of unions challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly enacted “Right-to-Work” law.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next 30 days.  Beyond debating the legality of “Right-to-Work,” known in West Virginia as the Workplace Freedom Act, the…
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May
2016
10

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program
  A moving pre-holiday Boston Globe article highlighted the wave of mothers entering the construction industry, aided in their career transitions by organizations like Building Pathways.  A 1983 Boston ordinance mandated that 10 percent of the workforce on city projects be made up of women. But by the year 2008 that number had only grown to…
May
2016
6

Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers’ Last Hope

Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers' Last Hope
  Paycheck protection — or “paycheck deception” as it is unaffectionately referred to by union workers — is one step closer to becoming a reality for public employees in Missouri after the state legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1891.  The Senate must now override the veto for the bill to…
May
2016
6

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down
  The Ohio Senate has rejected Senate Bill 152, which would have both banned local hiring quotas and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects.  The move comes just days after the House voted in favor of the measure by a 51-42 margin.  In what should have been a sign of what was to [&hellip…;
May
2016
6

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers
  The 39,000 Verizon workers still on strike since mid-April have been given a revised “final” offer from the company, one which makes some concessions but does not come close to addressing their workers’ chief concerns.  In the revised offer, Verizon agreed to a wage increase of 7.5 percent, up from their previous offer of…
May
2016
4

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far
  The organizations helping to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge had a lot to celebrate this week, as their impressive safety record and massive training efforts were quantified. The $4 billion project is a massive undertaking, and on Monday a reportable incident rate of 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower [&hellip…;
May
2016
4

Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements

Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements
  For the first time, the size of the aerospace tax incentive that went to Boeing in 2013 has been made public, revealing $305 million in state taxes that were waived last year.  The numbers come from a required filing with the state’s Department of Revenue.   The Seattle Times was successful in overturning a [&hellip…;
May
2016
4

In NLRB Complaint, CWA Claims T-Mobile Is Running a Fake Union to Bust Organizing Efforts

In NLRB Complaint, CWA Claims T-Mobile Is Running a Fake Union to Bust Organizing Efforts
  T-Mobile, the nation’s third largest telecommunications company, has been accused of forming a fake union in an attempt to thwart the increasingly successful efforts by Communications Workers of America (CWA) members to organize call center workers.  The tactic of creating a company-controlled union to hurt the efforts of an independent…
May
2016
2

AFL-CIO Releases Annual “Death on the Job Report”; OSHA Fines Still Woefully Low

AFL-CIO Releases Annual
  The AFL-CIO released its annual “Death on the Job Report,” marking the 25th year the organization has produced a report detailing the state of worker safety. The report is known for providing depressing figures about the reality of workplace safety, but it is important for ensuring a safer future. Ignorance, in this case, is not…
May
2016
2

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They’re an ABC Member)

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They're an ABC Member)
  An Indianapolis-based staffing firm, Commercial Trade Source (CTS), has been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to allow workers to discuss wages and unionization while at work.  The ruling comes after the company, effectively a temp agency which supplies workers for construction projects nationwide, took the fight to the…
Apr
2016
29

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts
  San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out nine San Diego Padres in a winning effort this week, improving his record to 2-2. What’s more, the big night boosted the profile of his charitable partnership with Carhartt. Bumgarner is donating $500 to the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program for every strikeout he has this…