Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake helped kill the Democrats' proposal to increase the federal minimum wage in a procedural vote today.Their votes weren't exactly surprising, as only one Republican senator voted with the Democrats to proceed with the bill.
Depending on where you are in your career, this might be good news or bad news: Phoenix is one of the top cities for entry-level jobs.This is according to Indeed, the job-hunting website, which scanned its own listings for this result.
A proposed contract with new Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher shows his annual compensation package is worth about $50,000 less than his predecessor's.The contract is scheduled to be considered by the city council at Wednesday's meeting.
More than 2,800 charges of workplace discrimination were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year by Arizona workers.Although Arizona is home to about 2 percent of the country's population, 3 percent of the employment discrimination charges in 2013 came from Arizona.
Among the first bills submitted this legislative session is a proposal from a trio of Republicans to create a drug-testing program for people seeking unemployment insurance.Perhaps the most important part of the legislation from Representatives Phil Lovas and David Livingston, and Senator Judy Burge ... More >>
The bloodbath at Gannett Company, Inc., over the last 48 hours saw as many as 223 jobs lost, with 29 people reportedly laid off at the Arizona Republic. Some of those on the list were veteran journalists, including two who had worked for the paper for decades. Another two were refugees from the fai ... More >>
Eddie Basha Jr., an Arizona legend who used profits from his successful grocery chain to fund countless charity causes, spent the last years of his life fighting allegations of racism, mistreating employees and even hurting babies by a labor union bent on domination. Though Basha, the grandson of A ... More >>
After canceling part of the pre-season, then the entire pre-season, the NHL has announced that it's starting to cancel some regular-season games.The NHL released a super-short statement saying regular-season games would be canceled through October 24, which includes 82 games league-wide, four of tho ... More >>
Anti-union sentiments among Arizona's conservative politicos aren't letting up. Four anti-union bills aimed at thwarting unions' existence in the public sector sailed out of the Senate's Government Reform committee on Wednesday.
The Phoenix City Council has yet again postponed making a decision on whether to give Veolia Transportation, a company that operates city buses, a pass on fines assessed for poor performance. Vice Mayor Michael Johnson made a motion to withdraw the item, and the council agreed 8 to 1. Councilman Ji ... More >>
Former Mayor Skip Rimsza accuses three mayor candidates of being the preferred candidates of "union bosses." To former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimza, union is a four-letter word.Rimza, who was mayor from 1994 to 2004, wrote a letter for one mayoral candidate that blasts three others whom he claims ... More >>
"Yes?" No. About 40 people have been laid off at the Arizona Republic, which also announced plans to close a Chandler press that prints USA Today and various inserts. The local pink slips come as part of a 2 percent layoff at Gannett's publishing division nationwide. About 700 people are lo ... More >>
Uriel GarciaRandy Parraz at a press conference explaining that Senator Russell Pearce should be recalled because he has not shown leadership for the unemployed people of Arizona.A few women at the state Capitol invited Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce into their daily lives to show him ... More >>
Senate President Pearce: A life spent sucking on the public spigot...Extending unemployment benefits to around 15,000 Arizonans still looking for work should be a no-brainer, assuming the wingnuts at the state Capitol had a pound of gray matter among 'em.It's federal money that's pumped into the sta ... More >>
A new Arizona law that limits the ability of labor unions to harass employers with picketing and defamation has drawn a federal complaint by two local unions. The United Food and Commerical Workers Local 99 and the Local Union No. 469 of the United Association of Journeymen and A ... More >>
The Obama Administration is gearing up to sue Arizona again. In a letter to Arizona and three other states, the National Labor Relations Board's lawyer announced plans to sue over state laws that guarantee the right to a secret ballot election in unionization efforts. Wh ... More >>
Republicans in the Arizona state Senate pissed away their time and your tax dollars last week when they passed a resolution backing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his budget battle with labor unions and his efforts to put restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees.Say what you ... More >>
www.teamsterslocal104.comVeolia Transportation and the Teamsters Local 104 have finally agreed on contract terms for the more than 60 workers who fuel, clean and maintain the tires on Phoenix city buses.The transit company and union leaders had been at odds since Veolia snagged its latest 5-year ... More >>
Image: www.freechoiceact.org/cwa Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure today that rejects the Employee Free Choice Act being pushed by labor unionsArizona voters sent a strong message to labor unions in today's election, appear to have banned affirmative action in state a ... More >>
Veolia Transportation continues to negotiate with two labor unions representing employees who drive and maintain Phoenix city buses. Company execs already have inked a contract with the mechanics' union.Negotiations have been ongoing since union contracts expired June 30.During that ... More >>
focusmidwest.comA labor dispute that promoted Veolia Transportation officials to lock out about 60 union bus workers has led union reps to file charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board.According to a letter from Cornele Overstreet, Regional Director of the NLRB in Phoen ... More >>
Veolia Transportation officials and representatives of the three local transit unions continue to negotiate labor contracts and have managed to avoid a bus strike in Phoenix. So far. But more than two-dozen union workers who drive, fuel, clean, and repair Phoenix city buses protested, with br ... More >>
Arizona lawmakers convened a special session today to fiddle with the language of a ballot measure intended to preserve secret-ballot elections in labor-union campaigns. Funny thing, though: Arizona's got a lot of problems -- and this ain't one of them. We've written abou ... More >>
Valley MetroPhoenix sounded the alarms this week to prepare the public for a possible bus strike as talks continue with one of the transit unions.Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the day with the union representing employees who fuel and clean the buses (Teamsters Local Union No ... More >>
Phoenix bus riders have been spared a possible bus strike come Monday ...The Teamsters Local Union No. 104, which represents the employees who fuel and clean the buses, extended its contract until August 15.The other two unions that represent Veolia Transportation employees had already agreed to ext ... More >>
A fire broke out at the Boeing plant in Mesa early this morning. The fire, believed to be caused by a generator, was quickly contained by firefighters and a sprinkler system. No injuries were reported...The Phoenix Fire Department may be cutting some programs to avoid laying off firefighters. The ... More >>
Bob Bean (right) is among the union protestors at Central Station this morning.A dozen or so light rail operators protested at the Central Station in downtown Phoenix this morning, holding hand-made signs that excoriated both Metro Light Rail and the Boston-based company that manages the line, AC ... More >>
Gannett Blog reports that the media company might be preparing for more across-the-board layoffs. The blog, which has done a good job predicting previous layoffs, says it receives a comment recently from one its best sources that says: 1. Principal executive and Chief Financia ... More >>
Bashas' employees who say they're tired of a labor union's dirty tactics have launched a "grassroots effort" to strike back. The group "Save Our Stores" is fighting against the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99, which has targeted the locally run chain for unionizati ... More >>
Thirteen staffers at PBS Channel 8 (KAET-TV) were given pink slips yesterday in a cost-cutting move expected to affect local programming. According to this morning's broadcast on National Public Radio's local affiliate, KJZZ (91.5 FM), the employees include a local production manager and several wor ... More >>
This raucous raven demands: Is Westcor taking a cue from the Jim Crow South, or is io's closing really about a lame-o lease dispute?
Winning ambulance contracts? It's all about who you know. (Unless it's about the dirt they've got on you.)
When a black man complained of racism and ridicule, he was fired
Laid-off AT&T workers refuse to hang up
From the week of 11-09-2000
Fired AutoNation worker sues company for pregnancy discrimination
Arizona's low salaries, high turnover plague the worst-paid state employees in the country
Teamsters face a nightmare on 99th Avenue
St. Joseph's management is accused of illegal union-busting tactics
State Department of Administration gives own accountants $5,500 raises, stiffs other bean counters
A MASSIVE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS EVIDENCE OF UNION CORRUPTION AT THE YELLOW PAGES. WHILE COMPANY MANAGENT DOES NOTHING, EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS PAY THE PRICE.