Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Apr
2016
27

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law
  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but not unions, to use payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees.  The sweeping election law also banned elected officials in local governments from talking about ballot proposals or millage issues in the 60 days before an…
Apr
2016
27

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL: “This is the kind of job where you can go a lot of different places.”

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL:
  The five-year apprenticeship program that is jointly run by the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of New York and Steamfitters Local 638 was recently honored for its contributions to the workforce of New York City and its efforts to improve the region’s environmental stability.  An award was presented to the program at the second…
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Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could…
Apr
2016
21

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate
  Over the weekend, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) performed volunteer work in communities across the United States and Canada as part of the union’s Community Day of Action.  The event resulted in thousands of volunteers renovating shelters, community centers, youth athletic fields, low-income…
Apr
2016
21

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers’ Help

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers' Help
  In California, five defendants have been charged with multiple crimes stemming from their plan to commit insurance fraud and avoid paying prevailing wages on public works projects.  Together, the group defrauded the state of $635,000. For their role in the plan the SoCal criminals have been charged with 32 counts of taking and receiving…
Apr
2016
21

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs
  U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) recently joined U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Celia Munoz, to discuss the benefits of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and how they helped the Navy save $267 million on a recent construction project at the Kitsap-Bangor base.  Joining…
Apr
2016
20

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight
  Speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) legislative conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to stand with union labor and reject legislation that is unfair to workers.  His speech, ahead of one given by the NABTU’s endorsed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, signalled his position on the…
Apr
2016
19

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues
  A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Illinois union members get $6 back for every dollar they contribute in dues.  The report is timely considering the ongoing anti-union crusade of Gov. Bruce Rauner and his anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.”   The full report, “The Application and Impact of Labor Union…
Apr
2016
19

Picketing CWA Members Claim to Have Been Struck by Cars Driven by Verizon Attorney, Manager

Picketing CWA Members Claim to Have Been Struck by Cars Driven by Verizon Attorney, Manager
  Two Verizon employees in Maryland claim they were struck by a Porsche driven by a company attorney last week while they were on the picket line.  The company denies the incident. The story came from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) newsletter, “Report from the Front Lines.”  The incident allegedly involved two CWA Local…
Apr
2016
19

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak
  On Monday, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) began their annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. 3,000 delegates representing more than a dozen trades were in attendance to network, hear remarks from lawmakers and industry leaders, and attend workshops so they can return to their local unions with new resources…
Apr
2016
13

WI “Right-to-Work” Law Thrown Out by Lower Court Just as Higher Court Gets More Conservative

WI
  A state court judge threw out Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” law in a case brought forward by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061, and United Steelworkers District 2. The ruling sets up a state Supreme Court showdown which will put the entrenched dark money interests that run the state’s political scene on public…
Apr
2016
13

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites
  A bill that would drastically change the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio on Michigan construction sites in the electrical profession has passed the State Senate and awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder.  In January, the House version of the bill, HB 4813, passed by a 58-48 margin.  HB 4813, opposed by the Michigan Building and…