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Americans Say “NO” To IRAPs
Features, Law and Politics, National

Americans Say “NO” To IRAPs

WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s Building Trades Unions’ President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement marking the end of the formal comment period on the DOL’s proposed rule to dramatically alter the nation’s apprenticeship system with a new proposal known as Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs): “This historic number of nearly 325,000 comments submitted by working…

Workers Need to Know Their Rights
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, New York

Workers Need to Know Their Rights

As many of you may know, my office enforces state and local prevailing wage laws. That means that if you have done construction work on a New York City public work project or have been employed in a building service job through a city contract or in a building with an affordable housing property tax…

Too Many Labor Leaders are Failing to Make the Case for Action in Face of Growing Climate Catastrophe
Building Trades, Education, Entertainment, Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, National, Retail, topslot, Transportation

Too Many Labor Leaders are Failing to Make the Case for Action in Face of Growing Climate Catastrophe

New York, NY – Working men and women, including more than 900 Amazon employees based in Seattle, Washington alone, figure to play a key role in Global Climate Strike actions Sept. 20-27 — but the true power of the labor movement is not being brought to bear because many labor leaders are still not treating…

Ending Worker Misclassification in California
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National, Transportation

Ending Worker Misclassification in California

With the passage of  CA  AB5 historic landmark legislation,  all workers in California – from nail salon workers  to app drivers – will now have employee protections in that state. The California State Senate passed historic legislation to stop companies from misclassifying employees as independent contractors, denying workers basic protections like minimum wage and unemployment…

Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation
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Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Legislature has approved a landmark measure that would prohibit hiring workers as “independent contractors” unless their employers can prove they are legitimately independent businesspeople.  Assembly Bill 5, passed on Sept. 11 by 61-16, is intended to ensure that “workers who are currently exploited by being misclassified as independent contractors instead of recognized as…

Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade
Building Trades, Education, Entertainment, Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, topslot

Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade

Floats, marching bands, cheer squads and people in carnival costumes, face paint and union letters and numbers lined the streets of Fifth Avenue Saturday for the Labor Parade. Approximately 150 unions and more than 50,000 marchers attended the event, according to Kate Whalen, the communications director of the New York City Central Labor Council, the…

IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC
Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, topslot, Transportation

IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Saying that the city is “failing 80,000 low-income app-based drivers,” Independent Drivers Guild head Brendan Sexton on Sept. 10 called for abolishing the Taxi and Limousine Commission and replacing it with a mayoral agency. Speaking to reporters and about 100 drivers at a rally in front of City Hall, Sexton said that drivers’…

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