Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Sep
2015
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WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions

WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions
  In an op-ed for the News-Tribune, Teamsters Joint Council 28 President, Rick Hicks, and Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, Lee Newgent, ask those opposed to the proposed Gateway Pacific, Millennium Bulk, and Vancouver Energy export terminals to reconsider their position given the jobs and expanded...
Sep
2015
24

NEW STUDY: Unionized Latinos Earn $11,544 More Per Year Than Non-Unionized Peers

NEW STUDY: Unionized Latinos Earn $11,544 More Per Year Than Non-Unionized Peers
  A new report from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) shows that latino workers who are members of unions have distinct advantages over their non-union peers.  “Latino Workers and Unions: A Strategic Partnership for America’s Progress” provides the latest data on the wages and benefits afforded Latino...
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Sep
2015
24

Return to Sender: Court Filings Reveal Postmates’ Hourly Wage Claims are Complete Fallacy

Return to Sender: Court Filings Reveal Postmates' Hourly Wage Claims are Complete Fallacy
  On-demand delivery service Postmates promises “up to $25 an hour” in its ‘help wanted’ ads, but recent court filings against the company show that the actual average wage for a Postmates courier averages just $9.23 an hour.  The wage claims made by the company have been a major factor in its sudden rise from [&hellip...;
Sep
2015
21

WI Manufacturers’ Lobby Opposes New Wage Bill Because “Most Wage Claims are Without Merit”

WI Manufacturers' Lobby Opposes New Wage Bill Because
  Currently before the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform is a bill, SB 5, that would increase penalties for employers who illegally withhold wages from their workers.  Yes, the recently notorious anti-worker legislature of Wisconsin is considering a wage theft measure. Unfortunately, the likely players are taking...
Sep
2015
17

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing
  Prior to the San Diego Chargers season opener, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez called on the team to begin paying its cheerleaders at least the minimum wage for the upcoming season.  Gonzalez, a long-time friend of labor and building trades union supporter, previously wrote a bill requiring professional sports teams to pay...
Sep
2015
17

Broken Record/System: Wage Theft Laws Not Providing Relief to the Millions Affected

Broken Record/System: Wage Theft Laws Not Providing Relief to the Millions Affected
  Across the country, legislative and task force initiatives to combat wage theft are not providing enough power to those charged with enforcing standards, putting unscrupulous employers in the position of cat while workers are the mice. The legal system is the block of cheese. While cracking down on wage theft has gained momentum in [&hellip...;
Sep
2015
16

MIT’s New “Living Wage Map” Reveals the Impossibility of Making It In the U.S. Today

MIT's New
  An interesting new Living Wage Map, developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Amy Glasmeier, looks into the gap between the minimum wage and the amount of money needed (on both a county-by-county and city-by-city basis) to meet minimum standards of living.  The calculator looks at 12 household types and uses typical...
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
16

Zombie Law: Missouri “Right-to-Work” Expected to Die Anew in Blaze of Fruitless Override Glory

Zombie Law: Missouri
  Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City this week to revisit “Right-to-Work” legislation previously vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.  After decades of failed attempts, the unlikely happened this spring when the Missouri GOP finally got enough votes in both the House and Senate to get the legislation to the Governor’s desk.  Now, as the...
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
14

Madigan Says Dems Didn’t Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving

Madigan Says Dems Didn't Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving
  This month, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill which would have provided arbitration as an alternative to a strike or lockout if an impasse is declared in negotiations between the state and its workers.  Three Democrats appeared to buck the party line, siding with Rauner...
Sep
2015
10

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012
  In Vermont, a scathing new report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer shows that state agencies are not doing enough to fight employee misclassification despite legislation and task forces aimed at combatting the problem.  The report reveals that state laws are not being properly enforced, subcontractors are not being vetted to ensure they have...