Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is resigning, opening up one more slot in President Obama's second-term administration. A former member of Congress, Solis was the first Hispanic woman to head a Cabinet-level agency.
"This afternoon, I submitted my resignation to President Obama," she wrote in a letter to her agency's employees. "Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to serve in a president's Cabinet, let alone in the service of such an incredible leader." Read more »
Gary Francis Bauerly, owner of WATAB Hauling Co., pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County District Court to felony theft by swindle over $35,000 for not paying his workers prevailing wage required for road work for federal, state and local governments.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the case is a warning that violations of the prevailing wage will be punished.
“I want the workers to be made whole,” Freeman noted. “I want the message to go out that you can debarred” from future government contracts. Read more »
While John Boehner and his allies in the U.S.House of Representatives play politics with aid to families whose lives were shattered by Superstorm Sandy, numerous unions have stepped up to provide money and supplies to those in need. Here are a few examples of how unions are helping families recover from the storm's devastation. Read more »
Like other Building Trades apprenticeships, the Laborers’ (LIUNA's) training program prepares men and women for careers in construction. The apprenticeship program at the Northern California Laborers Training Center in San Ramon is relatively new and has been providing training for new laborers for just 12 years. Apprenticeship coordinator Manny Carrillo said as the work that Laborers do has become more specialized and the workers need to learn more skills, the program is now mandatory. Read more »
Locked-out workers and families receive generous support from unions, individuals;Teamsters and Laborers trucks bring toys and food from St. Paul. As the lockout’s second Christmas approaches, food and toys and financial contributions have been pouring in to the Red River Valley in support of workers and their families whom Crystal Sugar Company shut out from their jobs over 16 months ago. Read more »