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Americans Say “NO” To IRAPs
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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…

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

Shut It Down: Workers Urged to Support Upcoming Global Climate Strike Actions
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Shut It Down: Workers Urged to Support Upcoming Global Climate Strike Actions

New York, NY – In less than two weeks, young climate change activists from across the nation and around the globe will kick off eight days of protests designed to compel government leaders to finally get real about global warming — and they are urging workers everywhere to join them in the fight to quit…

Sysco Workers In Virginia Choose Teamsters
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Sysco Workers In Virginia Choose Teamsters

Hampton Roads, Va., – Sysco drivers voted overwhelmingly for Teamsters Local 822 representation on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. This Teamsters win is the third IBT election success in three weeks at the nation’s largest broadline foodservice provider. Sysco South Florida workers in Miami won their election three weeks ago, and workers at Sysco-Sygma Kansas City won their election August 15. The latest group…

ILA Distributing Water in Newark
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ILA Distributing Water in Newark

North Bergen, NJ – The International Longshoremen’s Association’s has developed a comprehensive initiative to donate and distribute water to residents of Newark, New Jersey. For weeks, citizens of Newark, New Jersey, have been subjected to elevated levels of lead in their water.  Long term solutions to resolve the lead problem have been proposed but the immediate…

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…

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