Requests for inclusion
are always most welcome.
WITH WHOM YOU ARE DEALING IN STATE GOVERNMENT
State (sort of) Labor Commissioner From
the sparse home page of the Nevada LaborCom's website: "Our
mission is to enforce the labor laws of the State of Nevada in a manner
that protects the rights of working families in a fair, professional and
timely manner." It
ain't necessarily so.
word to the wise about the labor commissioner under Republican governors:
Beginning in 1999, the Guinn administration turned the labor commissioner
into the business commissioner. Gov.
Kenny Guinn's unqualified appointees took the legal mandate
of the office to serve worker interests and turned it
on its head. Former labor
commissioner Terry Johnson reportedly went to the Las Vegas
Chamber of Commerce and asked what they needed and what he might do
for them business interests, employers! at the 2007 legislature.
Johnson, who screwed over workers so badly that he got promoted,
was quoted by the
Las Vegas Sun's In Business Las Vegas as saying that Nevada labor
laws are outdated and need revision code for further erosion
of the paper-thin rights granted to workers in this retro state. Judge
the mindset for yourself:
"Tell me about your priorities for the legislature."
TERRY JOHNSON, Director of the Department of Employment, Rehabilitation
and Training: "We look forward to working with them on what
we anticipate to be some discussions on immigration and its impact
on the workforce. I think that's something we're going to have to
address sooner rather than later for the fairness of all employees,
for the fairness of all businesses. We're looking at ways to streamline
the agency's operations so that we don't get bogged down in bureaucracy.
One thing I've learned in my experience with labor laws is a lot of
them are very old. A lot of this country's and this state's labor
laws go back to the 1930s, the Depression Era. And they haven't been
adjusted and modified over time. We want to look for ways that businesses
can spend more time growing and less time dealing with the bureaucracy."
(In Business Las Vegas, 12-8-2006)
This guy really knows how
to suck up to the right-wing moonhowlers by trashing the New Deal reforms
of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was responsible for passage
of the labor laws which the Republican Party has been quite successfully
dismantling for the past half-century. (Read
more about it.)
Bottom line: Learn
what you can from the labor commissioner's office. Take notes. Do research.
Hope they do their job in a repressive environment. But remember the
advice of The Who: Meet
the new boss, same as the old boss. Gov.
Dudley Do-Right was succeeded by Jim the Dim, who won
the governorship because he looks like one on TV. If you don't have
a union, you may very well need a lawyer.
[COLD CHILL DOWN THE SPINE TIME: Gov. Jim
the Dim reappointed Guinn's successor to Johnson, Michael Tanchek. Alas
and alack, the above prediction from 2007 has proven painfully prescient.
Read it and weep.]
under current Gov. Veto El Obtúsè shows no signs of improvement.
Tanchek was kicked sideways and later retired. Meet the new boss, same
as the old boss.
website of the Nevada State AFL-CIO
Federation of Government Employees Local 2152
The union represents workers at Reno's Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans Medical
Postal Workers Union Local 936 Reno
& Beverage Dispensers' Union Local 165 / Las Vegas
of Locomotive Engineers Nevada State Legislative Board
and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada
and Construction Trades Council of Southern Nevada
Nevada Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs
Workers of America Local 9413
Nevada's oldest union dating from the Washoe Typographical Union of Mark
Twain's era on the Comstock Lode. (Also the union of this site's webmacchiavellus.)
Union 226 Las Vegas and Reno / Nevada's largest union
Association Firefighters Local 731 / City of
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees / IATSE
Local 363 / Northern Nevada
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees / IATSE
Local 720 / Southern Nevada
Assn. of Machinists Local Lodge 845
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 396
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 401
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245
Union of Elevator Constructors Local 18 / Las Vegas-Los Angeles-San Diego
Union Local 169 at NevadaLabor.com
Union Local 169 / Northern Nevada
Union Local 872 / Southern Nevada
Carriers Branch 709/Northern Nevada
Local 368-Reno (On American Federation of Musicians national site)
Local 368-Reno Nevada site
Musicians Hall of Fame
Local 369-Las Vegas
State Education Association
Engineers Local 3 (Nor. Nev.)
Engineers Local 501 (So. Nev.)
and Allied Trades District Council 15 (Southern Nevada/Arizona)
and Allied Trades District Council 16 (Northern Nevada/Central and Northern
and Pipefitters UA Local 350 Northern Nevada
Pipefitters and Service Technicians UA Local 525 Las Vegas
Police and Fire Professionals of America
formerly known as the United Plant Guard Workers of America, the Little
Union that Could. UPGWA/SPFPA succeeded where much larger unions have
failed and won contracts with the virulently anti-union Park Place Entertainment
Hilton Hotels in Reno and Laughlin. Use the NevadaLabor.com
search engine for "Hilton" to compile a detailed history.
Employees Local 1107
Local 14 (So. Nev.)
Local 533 (Nor. Nevada/Eastern. Calif. regional site)
Local 533 @ NevadaLabor.com
631 (So. Nev)
Local 995 (So. Nev)
Workers Union Local 721/AFL-CIO, representing casino dealers at the
Wynn Las Vegas, WynnDealers.com
website of the victorious Caesars Palace casino dealers, who won in
December 2007 by the same 75%-25% landslide margin that the Wynn dealers
achieved in May of 2007.
Auto Workers Local 2162 (Reno GM Parts Distribution
Motors Workers Blog (international)
& Commercial Workers Local 711 // NevadaLabor.com
Wal-Mart War Room
the website of the victorious
Transportation Workers Union Local 721/AFL-CIO, representing casino
dealers at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Nevada union links at xpdnc.com
5:31 a.m. PDT
Dear Proper Person:
I have had your site linked at my union flagship for several years.
Your directory is a very useful resource.
I note that you now have the Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) linked in two places at your Nevada Apprentice Development
The ABC is not only non-union, they are virulently anti-union and
should not be listed on a page purporting to be a union directory.
Your attention and response will be appreciated.
Andrew Barbano, Editor
ec: Nevada State AFL-CIO
Building and Construction Trades Councils, Nor. Nev. and So. Nev.
Northern Nevada Apprenticeship program and directors
5:59 a.m. PDT
Oops, we presently have 33 pages that list links to Associated Builders
and Contractors sites. These links will be removed and the pages
will be reposted on the next update. Next scheduled post completion:
June 23, 2005 09:47 EST
6:35 a.m. PDT
THANK YOU FOR ACTING SO EXPEDIENTLY!
Be well. Raise hell.
ec: The usual suspects
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 06:53:18 -0700
Subject: XPDNC - links removal, pages repost confirmation
From: "xpdnc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "barbano" <email@example.com>
Cc: "xpdnc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for your comments!
This note is to confirm the link removal and page reposting discussed
All the links to the non-union, virulently anti-union Associated
Builders and Contractors (ABC) have been removed from the xpdnc.com
site. At your prompting, the 2 links were removed from the Nevada
Apprentice Development page and we followed up by removing links
from 32 other Apprentice Development pages too. The total number
of links removed was 54.
UPDATES & RESOURCES
Workers of America the union for the information
Workers of America District 9
General Motors Workers Blog
Labor Educator a strong, independent voice
within the labor movement
Notes the little Motown newspaper of union
Start worldwide labor news of the day
Voice National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Never
Worker a great source for retail labor and
activism news, chat and info exchange from the modern-day incarnation
of the Industrial Workers of the World, the venerable IWW Wobblies.
Brotherhood of Teamsters
Communication Services Labor Cartoon of
the Week and Labor Song of the Week
of California-Berkeley guide to labor-oriented
internet resources; very broad-based; good sources, clearly explained.
Dedicating to educating and motivating young Nevada voters to participate
in politics and government. This one's starting to move nationally.
Detroit Newspaper Lockout: Gannett Detroit News
and Knight-Ridder Detroit Free Press
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Kelber: The Labor Educator
West Labour History Group, Lancashire, UK (OK,so it ain't Nevada,
but they do nice work.) "The Industrial
Revolution transformed first Lancashire, then Britain and then the world,"
they state. Just as their area gave birth to the movement, Nevada spawned
trade unionism throughout the American wild, wild west. In that respect,
we indeed have a commonality.
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