Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:29 AM By Donna Puglisi
The merit shop construction industry celebrated a victory Feb. 27 when the Santa Fe City Council in New Mexico repealed a controversial ordinance that required the use of wasteful and discriminatory community workforce agreements (CWAs) on all city-funded projects costing more than $500,000.
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:45 AM By Kinsey Cooper
A “Fact Finder 12” special report by Kansas station KWCH-TV revealed that a bannering campaign conducted by Carpenters Local 201 was nothing more than an intimidation tactic to protest against nonunion contractors.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:44 PM By Donna Puglisi
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing a drop in union membership from 14 percent to 13.2 percent in the U.S. private construction industry from 2011 to 2012. Today 86.8 percent of the private construction workforce chooses not to belong to a union.
Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 1:09 PM By Kinsey Cooper
A Philadelphia jobsite of longtime ABC member E. Allen Reeves, Inc., of Abington, Pa., was the target of vandalism during the Christmas holiday. Philadelphia police detectives say arsonists caused an estimated $500,000 in damages at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, a new Quaker meetinghouse.
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:14 PM By Donna Puglisi
The Michigan Supreme Court Sept. 5 ordered a proposal be placed on the statewide ballot that would negatively impact the merit shop construction workforce by nullifying the ban on government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and preventing Michigan from becoming a right-to-work state, among other changes.
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:00 PM By Donna Puglisi
The 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which was formally adopted by convention delegates on Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C., launches a direct attack against workers’ rights. Language in the platform states: “We will fight for labor laws that provide a fair process for workers to choose union representation.” However, the next sentence states: “We will continue to vigorously oppose ‘Right-to-Work’ and ‘paycheck protection’ efforts, and so-called ‘Save our Secret Ballot’ measures whenever they are proposed.”
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:34 PM By Donna Puglisi
ABC celebrated a major victory May 14 when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia overturned a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush” elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of NLRB members.
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:46 PM By Donna Puglisi
A controversial final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in December 2011 that overhauls procedures for union representation elections becomes effective on April 30.
Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 11:15 AM By Donna Puglisi
The merit shop construction industry won a victory on March 29 when a federal court of appeals in Georgia upheld a jury verdict that awarded Fidelity Interior Construction, Suwanee, Ga., with $1.7 million against the Carpenters’ union. The jury found that the Carpenters conducted an illegal “area standards” campaign that included bannering, picketing and handbilling at buildings where Fidelity was, had or might be working.
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:18 PM By Donna Puglisi
ABC praised the introduction of H.J. Res. 103 to the U.S. House of Representatives and S. J. Res. 36 to the U.S. Senate. Both pieces of legislation use the Congressional Review Act to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush” election rule.