From Brian Winkler @bwink110: PLA's in action in this video produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. shows how paying prevailing wages supports our cities, counties, and the economy of our state by providing a trained and ready workforce that gets the job done right the first time. HIghlights the story of two library projects, in Gilroy and Palo Alto, where one paid the prevailing wage and the other didn't; see the vastly different results.
From Steve Cooper at We Party Patriots: When will enough be enough, huh?
When will taking every. possible. harmful. action to attack workers, wages and the welfare of the average American no longer be en vogue?
When will being so certain of the benefits of lower standards, less oversight, and a next-to-nothing future start getting lawmakers in trouble? Read more »
In an age of smartphones, email and the Internet, members of IBEW local unions in the Pacific Northwest are going back to the basics to spread the union's message. They're using good, old-fashioned, in-person communication to reach out to their fellow union members and future union members.
We've said it for years. Because of the "Union Difference"—fair wages and better benefits for workers who belong to a union—unions are the ticket to the middle class. Even if you don't belong to a union, there is a spillover effect to the whole economy. In other words, when unions are strong, everyone benefits. Read more »
As the 2013 Legislative session entered its second month, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced its "Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness" as a way for state lawmakers to help level the playing field for middle class families.
The agenda includes significantly increasing the state's minimum wage, adding consequences for employers who lock workers out, and new privacy protections. Read more »