GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth

  The current Immigration Bill before the Senate would nearly double the number of H-1B visas…

New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker's Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker’s Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

  Two years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union Act 10 became law, the…

Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers

Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers

  Details are scarce here, but any policy to combat misclassification should be applauded no…

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action

NC Bans PLA Requirements, Bolsters Reputation as Leader in Anti-Worker Action

  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law House Bill 110 which will prohibit…

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Jun
2013
28

MO Gov. Vetoes Harmful “Paycheck Deception” Bill, Union Dues Collection to Continue

  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a harmful “paycheck protection” bill which would have forced union members to give annual consent for automatic paycheck deductions.  The bill, SB 29, is unlikely to garner enough votes for an override considering 19 House Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it when it initially passed the…
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Jun
2013
28

VW Wants to Unionize Its TN Plant, but Anti-Union Beltway Insiders are Trying to Stop Them

VW Wants to Unionize Its TN Plant, but Anti-Union Beltway Insiders are Trying to Stop Them
  Attempts to unionize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN are meeting fierce retaliation from anti-union forces inside the beltway. VW officials have expressed interest in unionization ahead of expansions at their East Tennessee facility. The United Auto Workers (UAW) are working with VW to create a union model that closely resembles…
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Jun
2013
28

COUNCILMAN: Contractors on Fatal Philly Demolition Were Working Off the Books

COUNCILMAN: Contractors on Fatal Philly Demolition Were Working Off the Books
The infuriating story of the Philadelphia building collapse that union officials say could have been prevented got more infuriating yesterday when it came to light that the low-road contractor hired to do the demolition did not even have city wage tax accounts: The two demolition contractors involved in a fatal building collapse did not have …
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Jun
2013
27

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out “Phony” Budget Crisis

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out
  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers may go on strike as early as Monday citing unchecked safety concerns and a lack of good faith bargaining during recent contract negotiations.   Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers at BART, voted on…
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Jun
2013
27

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t “a Job Killer.” It’s “a Life Saver.”

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't
  A new study by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) finds that if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour it would be enough to pull nearly six million Americans out of poverty.   The report, titled Realizing the Dream: How the Minimum Wage Impacts Racial Equity in the Restaurant Industry …
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Jun
2013
27

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows “Victims to Be Re-Victimized”

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows
  A Republican-backed bill is being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee to make it harder for victims of asbestos to seek fair compensation. The mission of the bill is ostensibly to end abuse and fraud in asbestos based lawsuits. It has been supported along the way by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the …
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Jun
2013
26

Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions

Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions
  Members of Minnesota’s Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) Local 563 hit the picket line last week after negotiations broke down between 40 construction craft laborers and the manufacturer Cretex.  Working without a contract since the beginning of 2013, workers authorized a strike claiming management has failed to meet…
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Jun
2013
26

Wage-Dodging Austin, TX Marriott Developer to Have its Moment of Truth on Friday

Wage-Dodging Austin, TX Marriott Developer to Have its Moment of Truth on Friday
  The dispute between the City of Austin and developer White lodging is hitting a crossroads as the council prepares for a Friday vote on recommendations from by City Manager Marc Ott.  Just a week ago, Ott’s staff decided the city should revoke a deal in which White Lodging received $3.8 million in waived fees …
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Jun
2013
26

SEIU Survey: NYC Developers Taking Luxury Tax Exemptions, Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  Apartment building service workers protested at three New York City sites last week because they are not being paid the prevailing wages guaranteed to them under a city law that grants luxury buildings tax exemptions.   A new survey conducted by 32BJ SEIU shows that close to half of the buildings receiving tax exemptions …
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Jun
2013
26

Building Trades Praise Obama Climate Plan, Say Keystone XL Concerns Already Assuaged

Building Trades Praise Obama Climate Plan, Say Keystone XL Concerns Already Assuaged
  The following statement was issued Tuesday by Sean McGarvey, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, in response to President Obama’s unveiling of his Climate Action Plan: “We commend President Obama for initiating efforts to address the issue of carbon pollution and climate change, while…
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Jun
2013
25

San Diego Takes Next Step Toward Lowering the Threshold for Prevailing Wages to $25,000

  In San Diego, the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee has passed a measure that would require workers on most city maintenance and public works projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The issue will be taken up July 30th.   Currently, prevailing wages kick in on projects paid for with state or …
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Jun
2013
25

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows’ H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows' H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel
  A class action lawsuit is being brought forward by over 200 workers who allege they were victims of labor law and visa abuses while employed by carnival operator Fiesta Shows.   The workers, working under H-2B visas, say they were paid a weekly flat wage for 40 hours of work while logging closer to …
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