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
25

Construction Employment Up in 27 States in May, 32 States Over Last 12 Months

  According to new numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction employment increased in a majority of states in the month of May. In Louisiana and North Dakota, employment hit all-time highs.  Despite these positive numbers, construction demand remains uneven and AGC officials are urging lawmakers to...
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Jun
2013
25

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly’s Teachers Unions as “Wedge” to Get Re-Elected

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly's Teachers Unions as
  As Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is struggling in the infancy of his re-election bid, a new poll taken by Public Opinion Strategies suggests that he should attack Philadelphia teachers unions in order to bolster his approval rating. Considering major education cuts have been a driver of a low approval rating thus far, the recommendation...
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Jun
2013
24

Workers at Chinese Medical Supply Plant Hold American Boss Hostage Over Severance Pay

Workers at Chinese Medical Supply Plant Hold American Boss Hostage Over Severance Pay
  Chinese workers demanding severance pay have held their American boss hostage inside his Beijing medical supply plant for the past four days.   Chip Starnes, co-owner of the Coral Springs, Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, has been held in the facility without sleep as workers demand severance pay similar to that given to 30 of ...
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Jun
2013
24

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Delete ‘Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn’t Like

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Delete 'Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn't Like
  Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will not comment on stories published by three Maine newspapers he claims oppose his administration. This is news about not making news. The three outcast publications are the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.  All three are owned by parent company Maine...
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Jun
2013
21

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban U.S.

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban U.S.
  In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards,...
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Jun
2013
21

Teamsters Pres: CEOs of JC Penney, Abercrombie “Earn” More Than 1,000 Times Their Avg. Worker’s Pay

Teamsters Pres: CEOs of JC Penney, Abercrombie
  Recent calculations show that the average Chief Executive Officer at a company earns 204 times more than his or her rank-and-file employees. This out-of-control sign of income disparity was touched upon in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which recommends that companies should be forced to provide transparency and reveal the difference...
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Jun
2013
21

Citing Unwillingness to Undo Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Publicly Rejects Obama’s Trade Rep. Nominee

Citing Unwillingness to Undo Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Publicly Rejects Obama's Trade Rep. Nominee
  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she will oppose President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, in part due to his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Seeking transparency in the free trade agreement, Warren argued that Froman will continue the Obama Administration’s course of secrecy...
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Jun
2013
21

Poll Suggests American Support for Guest Workers Varies by Industry, Demographics

  New numbers provided by the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll suggest that Americans want immigrants with skills, just not high-tech skills. The interesting numbers show that Americans support immigration for agricultural work, but not for sectors in which the most help is needed. As Congress...
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Jun
2013
20

Eight. Million. More. CA Labor Commissioner Collects Another Big BackPayDay for Spurned Workers

  2,051 workers who helped build San Diego’s Bayfront Hotel will be getting $8,072,273 in back pay. California Labor Commissioner Julie Su and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement have determined they should have been paid prevailing wages.   The determining factor was that the Port of San Diego provided over $46 million in tax ...
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Jun
2013
20

Former President Clinton Highlights Building Trades Training Programs in Bloomberg Interview

Former President Clinton Highlights Building Trades Training Programs in Bloomberg Interview
  It’s been 13 years since Bill Clinton was President of the United States but his opinion is still considered the gold standard by many. In the now, this opinion is often delivered via his Clinton Global Initiative.   Last week, the former President agreed to take questions from a panel of five civic and ...
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Jun
2013
20

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of “Skills Gap” Theory, Calls It “Corporate Fiction”

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of
  New numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that there were 3.8 million job openings in April of 2013.  Yet, the unemployment rate was at 7.5% that same month.  This disparity is often attributed to a “skills gap,” something which suggests companies are hiring but American workers are not qualified for ...
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Jun
2013
19

Insurance Company-Funded Democrat Behind Attempt to Undermine Law That Protects Workers Suffering from Scaffolding Fall Injuries

In New York, legislators are looking to change a law that has been on the books since 1885 which protects workers who fall from scaffolding on construction sites.   For the past 128 years, the burden of proof following a fall-related injury has been on the contractor. If the work site is proven by the ...
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