By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
Reverting to a theme of the George W. Bush administration, Alexander Acosta, the new U.S. Labor Secretary, is pushing aiding businesses to go along with workplace protection laws through “compliance assistance” first, and enforcement second.
Leaders of Building Trades unions say contractor Genuine Builders has broken rules, exploited foreign workers and sidelined locals in its hiring practices at the ongoing expansion of the Meadowland Farm Co-op in Walnut Grove, Minn.
By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, Minneapolis Labor Review
It’s been amazing to see the work done over the last several years to create a conversation in our local communities about workplace issues. All that effort could be undermined by proposals before the Minnesota Legislature.
Local elected officials from Twin Cities suburbs are urging Governor Mark Dayton to veto legislation that would strip local government’s authority to raise labor standards for working people in their communities.
One worker after another, they described how employers failed to pay them for work they performed. They included a truck driver, a home health care worker, a retail cleaner and a school worker. All spoke at a roundtable Wednesday hosted by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service and moderated by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith.