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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…

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…

The multiemployer pension plan crisis: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to examine potential solutions
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The multiemployer pension plan crisis: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to examine potential solutions

Although the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation in July meant to stabilize multiemployer pension plans, the bill will likely face stiff opposition from Republicans if the Senate decides to act on it this year. Yet with no other alternative, more than 100 of these pension plans are headed for a financial crisis and are…

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Workers at the Kaiser Permanente health-care network protested in several Western cities Sept. 2, with arrests for civil disobedience in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento, California. More than 80,000 technicians, nurses, and medical personnel, members of the Service Employees International Union and other unions, have been working without a contract for 11 months,…

Arizona Republic Staff Joins NewsGuild; Management Hostile
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Arizona Republic Staff Joins NewsGuild; Management Hostile

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Newsroom staff at the Arizona Republic handed in cards on Sept. 4 stating that they want to be represented by The NewsGuild-CWA. The Republic‘s management has been hostile to the organizing drive, with multiple captive-audience meetings and the paper’s editor sending staff an email Sept. 1 comparing union supporters to “crackpots and criminals.” On Sept. 3,…

Indiana Building Trades, Management Unite Against Contractor Tax Fraud
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Indiana Building Trades, Management Unite Against Contractor Tax Fraud

CHESTERTON, Ind.—Building-trades unions and contractors in northwest Indiana have united in a campaign to outlaw construction companies hiring workers as “independent contractors.” So far, five communities in the region have enacted “responsible bidder” ordinances that hold companies that don’t pay workers as employees guilty of tax fraud. “These workers are being exploited,” Dewey Pearman, head…

It’s time for All of Us to Go After the ‘Big Guy’
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, Transportation

It’s time for All of Us to Go After the ‘Big Guy’

Editor’s Note: The following is a special Labor Day op-ed from NYC Council Member Justin Brannan representing Brooklyn’s 43rd District. They say a society grows great when people recognize the importance of planting trees whose shade they may never enjoy. To most, Labor Day marks the end of another summer. But it’s also the one…

CWA Agreement with AT&T
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CWA Agreement with AT&T

ATLANTA, GA. – Communications Workers of America has finalized a tentative agreement with AT&T Southeast.  The new five-year agreement includes wage increases of 13.25%, pension and 401(k) plan enhancements, and improved job security.  There will be no increase in the health care for the life of the contract and employees will now have the ability…

Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected
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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected

LOS ANGELES, Ca. –  Gabrielle Carteris and Camryn Manheim have been chosen by SAG-AFTRA’s national membership to fulfill the respective roles of president and secretary-treasurer. Ballots for the national offices election were mailed to approximately 145,700 eligible voters on July 29, 2019. Of the total number of votes, 30,837 were returned, equating to a return of…

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