Gateway Moment: Labor Prevails in Wage Boost for St. Louis Construction Workers
On January 24, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill requiring any development project totaling at least $1 million and receiving any form of city funding or tax incentives to pay workers the prevailing wage, the usual hourly compensation and benefits paid to a majority of workers in the area. Board Bill 88, sponsored by Alderman Sarah Wood Martin, also applies to housing projects that include more than 20 units.
Building the Battleground Bench: Union Members Elected to Office Across the Great Lakes Region
While the labor movement was busy helping to elect pro-worker candidates in important elections in Kentucky and Virginia this week, union members themselves were on the ballot, and they were elected to local offices across the country at an impressive rate. This result was especially pronounced in the battleground states in the Great Lakes region where an energized union-candidates program helped carry union members to victory.
Critical Mass: Elected Union Members Tip Scales Toward Justice in Collective Bargaining Win in Bay State
Last week, the Massachusetts legislature overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of a key collective bargaining bill and passed the strongest response to the Janus vs. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court Decision to date. The new law will allow unions to charge non-member employees for representation in arbitration cases and other disputes and is one of the most comprehensive state legislative responses to the Court’s Janus decision which unfairly prohibited those fees.
New Collective Bargaining Law Paves the Way to Worker Justice at Delaware DMV
After Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a bill to expand collective bargaining rights for public employees in June, workers have begun organizing at state agencies. Employees of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles voted last week to join Laborers (LIUNA) Local 1029, establishing a union there for the first time.