Good News for Street Protesters: Inflatable Rats Are OK!

NLRB rules that use of blow-up vermin is protected form of speech, By Akito YoshikaneThe giant inflatable rats used by unions to protest employer labor practices are legally permissible, the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week. The decision allows labor groups to display the large, blow-up vermin outside companies and secondary employers. The board, in a 3-1 ruling, said the tactic does not violate U.S. Read more »

Prevailing Wisdom for Prevailing Wage

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State Council President Harry Melander, President, MN Pipe Trades Crimmins, and Prof. John Remington, Labor Educaiton Service, are featured in this video by Tom Niemisto, MN 2020, about the benefits of prevailing wage. In the continuing attack on Minnesota’s middle class, conservatives are now targeting prevailing wage laws which ensure construction workers are fairly paid on state-funded projects. Read more »

Jobs,Jobs,Jobs... Mr. Boehner where are the jobs?

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For all the talk by Republicans during the last election about the jobs they planned to create if elected, there has been little action taken in that direction. Instead there have been a series of bills introduced in both the state and federal legislatures that are designed to push for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. They say the best way to move forward is more spending cuts. Read more »

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Announced Acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T

March 21, 2011 - Yesterday's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has important, positive implications for consumers in the U.S. and Germany, for the U.S. telecom workforce and for our country's economic future. The acquisition ensures AT&T a strong telecom workforce well-positioned to compete globally, while offering tens of thousands of T-Mobile USA employees the opportunity to make their jobs good jobs by benefitting from the pro-worker policies of AT&T, one of the only unionized U.S. wireless companies. Read more »

Anti-PLA Witness Cites I-35 Bridge Re-Build in MN...

...BUT FORGOT THAT IT WAS BUILT WITH A PLA!  A congressional subcommittee convened a hearing today to lambast the Obama Administration's Executive Order that encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on federal construction in excess of $25 million. One of the anti-PLA witnesses was Linda Figg, CEO of Figg Engineering. Her testimony offered some surprising revelations. Read more »

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