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 »
1.) The Michigan House and Senate on Tuesday passed so-called “right to work” bills. “Right to work” laws effectively defund the ability of workers to have a voice at their workplace. In 23 other states, these laws have lowered wages, weakened benefits, raised the poverty rate, and led to increased workplace injuries and deaths. The House passed one such bill and the Senate passed two. Read more »
Gov. Rick Snyder signed the "right to work" for less bills into law (S.B. 0116 and H.B. 4003). Gov. Snyder and House Republicans rammed through “right to work” for less legislation with no input from the voters.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement:
Gov. Snyder showed his true colors today: He’s a puppet of extreme donors, and he is willing to ignore and lie to his constituents. His action will undoubtedly please the Koch Brothers and corporate CEOs, but it will diminish the voice of every working man and woman in Michigan. Read more »
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Barack Obama spoke out against "right to work" for less legislation yesterday. These types of laws reduce wages and benefits for working families. Two days ago, Chris Savage reported that Michigan Republicans, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, were planning on making Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” for Less (RTWFL) state by the end of the year. Read more »