Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

  Last Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a deal with developers and union…

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The…

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal “Right-to-Work” Amendment

  In one of the lone bright spots for the labor community on election night, Virginia voters…

NLRB Rules Trump's Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain

NLRB Rules Trump’s Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Trump International Hotel in…

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Oct
2016
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Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip…;
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Oct
2016
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PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA
  This summer, voters in Fairfield, California approved Measure J, a $249 million bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. This week, after much handwringing, the board of trustees agreed to put a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in place for all construction work funded by the measure: Trustees [met] with supporters and critics of…
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Oct
2016
28

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville’s Growth to Benefit Workers

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville's Growth to Benefit Workers
  Nashville is booming. Davidson County’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state at 3.8%. And the Nashville Business Journal recently found that the city’s wealthiest zip codes have grown wealthier over the past three years. Unfortunately, they also found the poorest have grown poorer during the same stretch….
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Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers…
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Oct
2016
27

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse
  West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice (D) appears to be in a strong position heading into election day. Polling gives Justice a double-digit lead over his chief rival, state Senate president Bill Cole (R). A Repass Research poll shows Justice running at 44% to Cole’s 33%. The Justice campaign released their own poll…
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Oct
2016
27

Building Trades: “Irresponsible Developers” to Blame for NYC’s Non-Union Construction Deaths

Building Trades:
  The City of New York saw yet another construction worker die on the job last week. The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a stop work order immediately after the accident, which occurred at a Brooklyn hotel site. New York City has experienced a slew of fatal construction accidents of late, prompting local building trades [&hellip…;
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Oct
2016
25

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377
  Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the passage of Bill C-4 through the House of Commons last week. The bill aims to repeal anti-labor legislation, most notably Bill C-377, passed by the previous administration during a prior legislative session. C-377 aggressively targets labor unions with onerous bookkeeping and…
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Oct
2016
25

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers’ Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers' Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race
  According to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) is currently trailing Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan by eight points. It’s one of a handful of races that could determine whether Democrats are able to retake the Senate in November: The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and…
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Oct
2016
25

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future
  Earlier this month, U.S. scientists stumbled upon a way to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas that results from burning fossil fuels and contributes significantly to global warming. Ethanol is a far cleaner energy source that many, including the United States and Chinese governments, see as an…
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Oct
2016
20

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana
  In Indiana, a St. Joseph County Council committee has been grappling with a bill that would give an advantage to local firms bidding on public works projects. After approving the bill 4-2 along party lines, the committee sent the “Responsible Bidder Ordinance” to the full county council for a vote, only to have the [&hellip…;
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Oct
2016
20

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects
  UPDATE: The resolution has been voted on, but results have been difficult to come by. We will update this post when more information is available. The Oakland City Council is voting on a resolution that would guarantee jobs to African-American and female workers on all city-funded construction projects. Both demographics have typically…
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Oct
2016
20

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops: “Workers Standing Up to this Corporate Bully”

Teamsters Organize Two XPO Logistics Shops:
  The Teamsters scored a couple victories in their ongoing battle to organize XPO Logistics. In a 72-49 vote last week, XPO warehouse workers in North Haven, Connecticut, became the first of the company’s warehouse workers to unionize in the United States: “This is all about us workers standing up to this corporate bully and…
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