Starting at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning close to 100 workers are now locked out their jobs in Detroit Lakes. According to an employee that wishes to remain anonymous, 90 some Snappy Air Distribution came to work Monday morning only to find they no longer had a job.
Snappy Air Distribution is a union shop and on Friday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. the contract between the Sheet Metal Workers Union and Snappy was rejected by vote. Read more »
In recent months, regulators have demanded millions of dollars from companies that hired independent contractors to hang drywall, install cable, staff call centers, give manicures and perform other jobs in which the government said workers were really functioning as company employees. A crackdown on businesses that treat some workers as independent contractors is causing a stir in industries from trucking to exotic dancing.At issue is whether the companies improperly classify employees to avoid paying overtime and payroll taxes. Read more »
Janitors, security guards, building cleaners and allies joined locked out American Crystal Sugar workers on March 1, 2013 for a rally at the Target store and headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. They called on Target to stop selling Crystal Sugar until that company ends its 20 month-long lockout of union workers at plants in Minnesota and North Dakota. The event capped a week of coordinated actions by SEIU Local 26, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, and Occupy Homes. Read more »
by Tula Connell - Women make up more than 40.5% of the workforce worldwide, according to the most recent data by the International Labor Organization. But their labor has not resulted in a similar level in financial well-being.
Far from it.
Although women contribute 66% of the world's work and produce 50% of the food, they earn 10% of global income and own 1% of property, a 2011 United National Development Program report finds. Read more »
by Steve Share - With no advance public notice or public hearing, the Anoka County board voted 4-2 Feb. 12 to rescind its 23-year-old policy supporting prevailing wage on county-funded construction projects. Commissioners voting for the repeal: chair Rhonda Sivarajah, Julie Braastad, Matt Look, Robyn West. Commissioners voting against the repeal: Jim Kordiak, Carol LeDoux. Absent: Scott Schulte. The prevailing wage policy had applied to county-funded construction projects costing more than $10,000. Read more »
By Mark Gruenberg,PAI Staff Writer -- The AFL-CIO Building Trades Department says the labor federation's Executive Council backs construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from the Montana-Canada border to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast. But there's one catch the department didn't mention:
The fed's Feb. 26 "Statement on Energy and Jobs" doesn't name Keystone. Read more »
The lights may be off, but the success of Holiday Lights in the Park continues to radiate a positive glow. The fifth edition of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Holiday Lights in the Park event produced in partnership with King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury brought in record crowds and a new benchmark for donations collected for local charities. A record 20,478 cars visited St. Paul's Phalen Park to witness one of the area's biggest and brightest holiday lights displays. Read more »
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 »