Labor

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic
A recent Gallup poll shows that America’s support for labor unions has jumped 5 percent in the past year, bringing it to 58 percent. This is the highest such figure since 2008 when 59 percent approved. The poll was conducted between August 5th and 9th and is part of Gallup’s annual Work and Education survey. The numbers show an improving image of unions which had reached an all-time low in 2009 after the government bailout of the big three auto companies.
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Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits. The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal. Their victory is part of a larger movement — recently coined “Silicon Valley Rising” — in which labor unions, community groups, and churches have improved wages and conditions for the region’s service workers. The nearly 200 bus drivers employed by Compass provide shuttle services to companies such as Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Evernote, Genentech, Zynga, and Amtrak.
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JeffCO Public Schools Officials Call Cops on Veteran Teachers During New Teacher Orientation

JeffCO Public Schools Officials Call Cops on Veteran Teachers During New Teacher Orientation
A handful of Jefferson County’s veteran public school teachers met outside Green Mountain High School today to welcome incoming teachers at the district’s induction day – a new employee training. The long-timers handed out flyers inviting the newbies to an afternoon get-together put on by the Jefferson County Education Association, the teacher’s union.
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Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship Crucial

Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship  Crucial
In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. Sheridan notes that while the average college student will graduate with $30,000 in debt, the average apprentice will earn solid wages while learning a craft debt-free. Globally, America is lagging in the apprenticeship department with respect to young people
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Denver Painters Fight Toxic Labor Practices

Denver Painters Fight Toxic Labor Practices
In February, commercial painter Juan Deras asked his boss Betty Henry at Craftsman Painting and Decorators Inc. for a respirator mask to protect him from the toxic chemicals he worked with daily. She refused. He complained about the company’s health and safety standards, and she fired him.
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Non! French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike

Non! French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike
Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP, the country’s equivalent to UberX, by arresting Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. The pair was charged them with several counts, including running an illegal taxi business.
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Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The budget deal will still need to clear the Senate, where a group of conservatives are using their budget vote to push for prevailing wage repeal. Even as he announced the budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald acknowledged that the votes aren’t there in the Senate to pass it.
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Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks
Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO Jim McNerney will be paid $3.9 million a year in pension benefits for each of the next 15 years. This revelation follows the announcement that he will retire on July 1st but will remain as chairman until February of 2016.
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STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity. As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda. The new study shows that repeal would kill jobs and hamper the state’s economy.
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$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers.
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