Modern Union FAQs

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Unions are still hard at work.

America has a long history with unions, but there are battles for workers’ rights being fought right here, right now. Learn more about the issues currently facing our workforce and how unions are involved.

What is a Project Labor Agreement?

What is a Project Labor Agreement?

By design, the new Brookview Golden Valley is not your run-of-the-mill parks and recreation center. It boasts unique amenities like lawn bowling, a full-service restaurant, comedy shows and an indoor playground, just to highlight a few. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Specifically, how Brookview has been structured in a fiscally responsible manner…

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What is Janus v. AFSCME?

What is Janus v. AFSCME?

Who is Janus? Mark Janus is a social worker working for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He is not a member of a union, but does pay partial dues to AFSCME because of its contract with his employer and because of the worker negotiating and support AFSCME provides public sector employees. Who…

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What is Right to Work?

What is Right to Work?

Right to Work is a policy that makes it possible for non-union workers to work in unionized workplaces. While there are existing federal laws that prevent workers from being forced to join unions, Right to Work policies are different, being championed at the state level by big corporations that seek to diminish the bargaining power…

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What is Prevailing Wage?

Prevailing Wage is a pay standard for certain workers in situations where state money is used to fund the project. The policy states that workers must be paid the same wages for similar work in the same county. This means that if a bricklayer in Minneapolis makes $20 per hour, when a government contract that…

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