Ironworkers from Local 118 raising the high iron at the Reno Peppermill Hotel-Casino expansion.

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NEVADA LABOR LINKS — Requests for inclusion are always most welcome.


Nevada State (sort of) Labor CommissionerFrom 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.

A 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that he got promoted, was quoted by the Las Vegas Sun's In Business Las Vegas as saying that Nevada labor laws are outdated and need revision — code for further erosion of the paper-thin rights granted to workers in this retro state.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:

REPORTER: "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.]

Gov. Veto El Obtúsè showed no signs of improvement. Tanchek was kicked sideways and later retired. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. All reports about the Nevada Labor Commissioner under the current Sisolak administration will be most welcome.


AFL-CIO — Official website of the Nevada State AFL-CIO

American Federation of Government Employees Local 2152
The union represents workers at Reno's Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans Medical Center

American Postal Workers Union Local 936 — Reno

Bartenders' & Beverage Dispensers' Union Local 165 / Las Vegas

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Nevada State Legislative Board

Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada

Building and Construction Trades Council of Southern Nevada

Northern Nevada Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs

Communications 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.)

Culinary Union 226 — Las Vegas and Reno / Nevada's largest union

Firefighters Local 1908

International Association Firefighters Local 731 / City of Reno Firefighters

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees / IATSE Local 363 / Northern Nevada

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees / IATSE Local 720 / Southern Nevada

International Assn. of Machinists Local Lodge 845

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 396

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 401

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245

International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 18 / Las Vegas-Los Angeles-San Diego

Ironworkers Local 433

Laborers' Union Local 169 at

Laborers' Union Local 169 / Northern Nevada

Laborers' Union Local 872 / Southern Nevada

Letter Carriers Branch 709/Northern Nevada

Musicians Local 368-Reno (On American Federation of Musicians national site)

Musicians Local 368-Reno Nevada site

        The envelope, please Nevada Musicians Hall of Fame

Musicians Local 369-Las Vegas

Nevada State Education Association

Northeastern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

Operating Engineers Local 3 (Nor. Nev.)

Operating Engineers Local 501 (So. Nev.)

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 15 (Southern Nevada/Arizona)

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 (Northern Nevada/Central and Northern California)

Plumbers and Pipefitters UA Local 350 — Northern Nevada

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians UA Local 525 — Las Vegas

Railroad Workers United

Roofers Local 162

Security, 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. Search for "Hilton" to compile a detailed history.

Service Employees Local 1107

Southern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

Teamsters Local 14 (So. Nev.)

Teamsters Local 533 (Nor. Nevada/Eastern. Calif. regional site)

Teamsters Local 533 @

Teamsters Local 533

Teamsters Local 631 (So. Nev)

Teamsters Local 995 (So. Nev)

Transportation Workers Union Local 721/AFL-CIO, representing casino dealers at the Wynn Las Vegas,

    The 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.

United Auto Workers Local 2162 (Reno GM Parts Distribution Center)

    General Motors Workers Blog (international)

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 711 // Wal-Mart War Room

Washoe Education Support Professionals, the website of the victorious Transportation Workers Union Local 721/AFL-CIO, representing casino dealers at the Wynn Las Vegas.

More Nevada union links at

5:31 a.m. PDT

TO: <>

Dear Proper Person:

I have had your site linked at my union flagship for several years. See

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 page <>

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.

Thank you.

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

From: "xpdnc" <>


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

Thanks again.


6:35 a.m. PDT

To: "xpdnc" <>



Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano

ec: The usual suspects

[CWA 9413/AFL-CIO]


Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 06:53:18 -0700
Subject: XPDNC - links removal, pages repost confirmation
From: "xpdnc" <>
To: "barbano" <>
Cc: "xpdnc" <>

Thank you for your comments!

This note is to confirm the link removal and page reposting discussed earlier.

All the links to the non-union, virulently anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have been removed from the 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.

Thanks again


Communications Workers of America the union for the information age
Communications Workers of America District 9
General Motors Workers Blog (international)

The Labor Educator a strong, independent voice within the labor movement
Labor Notes the little Motown newspaper of union democracy
Labour Start worldwide labor news of the day
NATCA Voice National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Never forget
Retail 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.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Union Communication Services Labor Cartoon of the Week and Labor Song of the Week
United Steel Workers
University of California-Berkeley guide to labor-oriented internet resources; very broad-based; good sources, clearly explained.
YouthVoiceInc. — Dedicating to educating and motivating young Nevada voters to participate in politics and government. This one's starting to move nationally.

Never forget
Detroit Newspaper Lockout: Gannett Detroit News and Knight-Ridder Detroit Free Press

Organizing Organized Labor

LABOR HISTORY Nevada Labor History   (contributions most welcome)

Harry Kelber: The Labor Educator

North 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.


Michael Moore, the Mahatma of Media for the voiceless liberal-progressive-populist American majority. Sign up for Mike's mailing list thereat. Tell 'em Barbano sent you by and that Mike's Militia stands ready in Nevada. (And leave congrats for taking the top prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for Fahrenheit 9/11, not to mention his Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, Slacker Nation (including scenes shot in Reno), Sicko and Capitalism — A Love Story.)

Z Magazine — The consistent place to find Noam Chomsky.

Mother Jones Magazine for hellraisers only. Trust your mother.

Harper's Magazine — The best pound-for-pound print medium in the nation today. Not everything's posted online, so please consider subscribing. Click here for examples of its depth, importance and occasional clairvoyance. Tell 'em you were referred by Barbano on the Barbwire when you subscribe.

Utne Magazine — The best of the alternative press and an increasing number of original articles. They read hundreds of magazines and smaller publications so you don't have to.

Turn On try the webpage for creative social anarchists, dadaists, existentialists and Wobblies, but don't look for any meaning.
Tune In
back to the home page and back to work.

$75 dead or alive: Still crazy after all these years
A mass murderer becomes famous on TV a century later

How come nobody noticed 'til now?
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-21-2018 Sparks Tribune

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners Max Blank and Isaac Harris. Is not Mr. Harris eerily familiar to television junkies?

From the Emmy-winning opening slate of the blockbuster "Cheers" television series. Combined with its "Frasier" spinoff, it lasted 20 years.
The "shirtwaist kings" immigrated from Russia and made a fortune manufacturing "Gibson Girl"-style blouses. (Photo, "The American Experience"/PBS)
The Emmy-winning opening slate of the "Cheers" television series before the "slate" of creators is superimposed. Looks like Mr. Harris' dead ringer (at left) is having a bloody good time.

"Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Chico Marx disguised as Groucho Marx in "Duck Soup" (1933)
Back to the story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist holocaust

Triangle tragedy recalled as requiem
"The Fire in My Mouth," a new oratorio by Pulitzer honoree Julia Wolfe, premiered with the New York Philharmonic Jan. 24
By Michael Cooper / The New York Times 1-23-2019


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