Posts Tagged ‘Steve Cooper’

Dec
2012
13

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that...
Dec
2012
11

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing “Right-to-Work”

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing
Yesterday, during his “fiscal cliff” speech in Detroit, President Obama took the opportunity to attack the malevolence du jour that is the pending passage of “Right-to-Work” in Michigan. Given lackluster participation from O’Barry on labor issues thus far during his presidency, this address represents a welcome,...
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Dec
2012
6

MI “Right-to-Work” DAY1: Dems Stave off Zombie Law By, Get This, Following the State Constitution

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In Michigan, “Right-to-Work” — the anti-worker law that has already left 23 states with crap education systems and zero workers’ rights among other sadnesses — was shot like a canon into the Capitol when the Governor and the Chamber of Commerce changed their positions on the matter in the past week. Without...
Dec
2012
5

IT’S THE ATROCITY, STUPID: At 43.5% of GDP, Wages Hit Their Lowest in the History of the U.S.

IT’S THE ATROCITY, STUPID: At 43.5% of GDP, Wages Hit Their Lowest in the History of the U.S.
Third quarter numbers show that U.S. corporate profits have hit a record high while workers’ wages are now at their lowest share of GDP (again). Why again? See, corporate profits are like Batman movie ticket sales. Every time the new numbers come out they’re bigger than the last ones. Just four years after the great [&hellip...;
Dec
2012
4

Call Center Manager to Pregnant Employee: We Don’t “Pay You to Pee”

A lawsuit against National Processing of America — an inbound/outbound call center in Kansas City, KS — claims that the company fired an employee due to her high-risk pregnancy. April Roller, who had previously been promoted to management in January of 2011, says the company tried to “accommodate” her morning sickness by...
Dec
2012
4

Breathtaking Photographs of Electricians at Work High in the Sky featured in IBEW Photo Contest

Breathtaking Photographs of Electricians at Work High in the Sky featured in IBEW Photo Contest
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is holding its 15th photo contest in which you can vote on the image that best exemplifies the spirit of the IBEW. Some of the images are quite breathtaking. The winning photo will be used for a feature story in January’s issue of The Electrical Worker. The list [&hellip...;
Nov
2012
30

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years
A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell, has reached a plea deal on charges he stole money from a veterans charity. The deal is the latest news in Wisconsin’s ongoing John Doe Investigation into the misdeeds of staffers in the Milwaukee County Executives office during the Scott Walker years that is now [&hellip...;
Nov
2012
29

GOOD NEWS: Law Firms are Trying to Spook Employers About Employee Misclassification to Get More Business

In order to keep up with niche labor issues such as the prevailing wage and employee misclassification, it’s important to set up a series of online alerts to see as many published pieces of work on the topics as possible. I have noticed something very encouraging as a result: law firms warning employers that misclassifying [&hellip...;
Nov
2012
26

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot
Look, we’re not trying to fool anybody. We know full well that some of the topics we like to focus on here don’t exactly fall under the “sexy” category. There aren’t any celeb sightings or Petraeus pics. Heck, we hardly cover elections. But the issues that are most often overlooked — prevailing wage, employee...
Nov
2012
26

TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’: Conservative Texas Blogger Demands His Party Take Action on Employee Misclassification

These are not Democrat or Republican issues, but rather they represent principles of the rule of law and fairness. Right you are, Bob Price. Right you are. In a blog post on Texas GOP Vote — a site that features a “Patterson for Lieutenant Governor 2014″ advertisement with the candidate pointing a handgun directly at [&hellip...;
Nov
2012
19

California Passed Over 100 Revenue Increases for Construction this Election, Will Create Over $12B of School Upgrades

According to a press release from the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC), “the passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry,” and was accomplished largely through union activism. Per the release… 85 School Bond Measures and...
Nov
2012
16

CPWR Launches “One-Stop Source of Information” on How to Work Safely with Silica

CPWR Launches
Several common construction tasks expose workers to dangerous silica dust which causes silicosis, a severe disease that can scar the lungs. So, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), has launched a new website, Silica-Safe, that allows workers to research the substance and ask questions about its dangers. Importantly, the site...