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MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work

MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work
As the Missouri legislature prepares to battle over right-to-work legislation, the Springfield News-Leader reminds us in an op-ed how necessary apprenticeship programs are, and how they would essentially be cut out entirely if the right wing (and ALEC-written) law comes to pass. One of the many back door ways right-to-work guts unions.
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Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending
Pennsylvania’s broken record budget battle — in which the GOP is holding much needed infrastructure spending hostage in exchange for slashing wage protections — has laborers fuming. The State House is 30 votes shy of being able to pass a gas tax hike needed to fund the infrastructure and transportation plan, so Republicans are attaching a prevailing wage repeal to the legislation in order to earn conservative votes.
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Union-Backed Walsh Makes Final Push to Win Boston Mayor Primary

Union-Backed Walsh Makes Final Push to Win Boston Mayor Primary
Unions are helping Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh canvass in his final push for the primary. Though behind in the polls, unions have flocked to the candidate, and hope that their last-minute intervention will be enough to push him forward.
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A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along

A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along
Sitting down to eat barbecue at the Pipefitters Local 211 union hall in Houston, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard may have looked out of place. However, with as many as 500,000 new jobs to find workers for in the Gulf Coast region (by the year 2020), the expectation that big company management and labor will forever be at odds is getting called into question.
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Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce
Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs. That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created. These jobs span the industries of energy generation, manufacturing, transmission/smart grid, energy efficiency, and public transportation.
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CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom

CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom
In a recent op-ed for the Modesto Bee, Mark Breslin, CEO of San Francisco-based United Contractors, explains why he favors California’s SB7, a bill which would make charter cities eligible for public funds if they would only follow prevailing wage guidelines.
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Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers
When low-road contractors run ripshod through town, unchecked with under-achieving workers, disaster is always around the corner. Union workers and organizations should not have to act as policemen for the dangerous and unscrupulous practices of unaccountable contractors.
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