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Nuclear Stalemate
Negotiations between the South Texas (Nuclear) Project and its union workers threaten to meltdown.
News Story  October 12, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...The most troublesome issue, however, is a clause requiring union employees to work alongside non-union employees hired to augment staff -- "provided," explanatory language in the contract states, "that the contractor paid a wage rate equal to or greater than the wage rates charged by the building and trades council for similar job duties." In other words, the contract would enable non-union workers to hold the same jobs as dues-paying IBEW members. "Unions generally don't do that," says Charlie Nelson, the Local 66 business representative who represents union members in contract negotiations..."

Food-o-File
The case of the barbecue bandits
Food Column  January 8, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...It seems that barbecue has become such a hot local commodity that some folks are willing to steal in order to get a piece of the action. Austin police are currently on the trail of two groups of barbecue bandits; one group that steals briskets by the grocery cart load and others who made off with a custom-designed pit belonging to the Independent Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 520..."

Naked City
Is Homer Simpson Available?
News Story  March 29, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Goodman and Alvarez's letter is partly the result of meetings with representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 66, which has roughly 300 members employed at STP. The union and the company have struggled to sign a contract agreeable to both parties since November 2000, but IBEW strongly objects to the company's desire to let nonunion workers hold the same jobs as dues-paying IBEW members..."

Workers Prevail on Wages at ABIA Hyatt
Six ABIA Hyatt Place Hotel subcontractors stiffed workers out of nearly $240,000
News Story  August 24, 2017, by Michael King
"...Thanks to persistence by the electricians' IBEW Union Local 520, dozens of workers who helped build the new ABIA Hyatt Place Hotel at Bergstrom Airport are taking home additional pay that they had earned – but never received. Accord­ing to accounting by the City of Austin Contract Compliance Office, the workers had been stiffed a grand total just shy of $240,000, because at least six subcontractors were not complying with prevailing wage requirements or other wage standards on the construction project, a public-private partnership between the city and the developer, ABIA HP LLC..."

City Council Endors-gasbord
Who's endorsing who for the five City Council seats up for grabs in November?
News Story  October 13, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Delia Garza: ACLC, AED, AFA, AFSCME, ANC, APA, ATCEMSEA, ATD, AURA, AYD, BAD, CAD, CWA, IBEW, LAD, LIUNA, SAD, TARA, UD, WAD, WDAF, Austin Board of Realtors, Bike Austin, Texas Latina List, TODO Austin, TARA, Stonewall Democrats, Dove Springs Proud, Left Up To Us, Hon. Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza, Ann Kitchen, Bob Perkins, Brigid Shea, Dolores Ortega-Certer, Eddie Rodriguez, Gina Hinojosa, Gonzalo Barrientos, Jackie Goodman, Laura Morrison, Lloyd Doggett, Mike Martinez, Paul Saldana, Pio Renter, Sarah Eckhardt, Susanna Woody..."

Battle on Town Lake
News Story  March 8, 2002, by Michael King
"...The dispute dates to last fall, when Guy's Electrical of Marble Falls, a union shop and the original subcontractor on the events center project, declared bankruptcy, effectively laying off about 50 employees. The IBEW says the general contractor, MW Builders, is responsible for honoring the union contract, a dispute pending before the National Labor Relations Board..."

Naked City
News Story  October 26, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...A move by Houston-based power producers Reliant/HL&P to enforce weight restriction guidelines on its employees has drawn much heat from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 66), the union representing workers affected by the deal. IBEW Business Representative Rick Childers says Reliant has offered a pretty icky ultimatum to workers weighing more than 280 lbs..."

Neighbors vs. Neighbors
A profile of the Central Texas struggle over Alcoa Rockdale and its plans for expansionAlcoa announces new "voluntary" emissions reductions.
News Story  July 27, 2001, by Michael King
"...Alcoa's Rockdale plant employs 1,900 people, with an annual payroll of $93 million. Schneebeli is the business manager of IBEW Local 2078, which represents four contracts and more than 300 workers at the plant; the rest of the workers are organized by the United Steel Workers..."

What Price Labor?
Business as Usual
News Story  November 27, 1998, by Erica C. Barnett
"...It's exactly this sort of attitude that enrages union leaders, who say companies should take responsibility for the wages of workers who build their facilities. "HEB is going to enjoy the fruits of those workers' labor," says Michael Murphy, an organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), who called the grocery chain's general contractor on behalf of VCI's stranded workers..."

Meet Your Candidates
Where to meet Democratic candidates before the March primaries
DAILY Chron Events  January 12, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Sunday, Jan. 14, 4-6pm, at IBEW Local 520...."

Meet the Candidates for City Council
Five incumbents fight for their seats at the dais
News Story  August 18, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...The Incumbent: Greg Casar Experience: Former policy director at Workers Defense Project Issues: Proponent of social equity, shared prosperity, increasing affordability, environmental stewardship, and public safety Endorsed By: AURA, Austin Firefighters Assoc., Austin Young Democrats, Central Labor Council, AFSCME, Austin-Travis County EMS, IBEW Local 520, Education Austin, Workers Defense Action Fund, Laborers' Union Local 753 Treasurer: Gustavo Garcia Filed: 6/23/16 Website: www.casarforcouncil.com Facebook: GregCasarCampaign Twitter: @GregCasar..."

John Anderson's Top 10 Photos of 2015
PHOTO GALLERY  December 31, 2015
"...Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at IBEW Local 520’s union hall, March 31...."

City Cuts Fee Waivers to Marriott Builder; Labor Groups File Workplace Complaints
Labor rights groups stop playing nice
News Story  June 21, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...The simmering dispute came to a full boil on Friday, June 14. That morning, WDP's Greg Casar and IBEW's Philip Lawhon filed two more complaints over the wages paid to construction workers..."

Then There's This: Hotel Hypocrite
Developer wants to cancel wage agreement but keep incentives
News Column  March 8, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...In January, Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes wrote a memo to the mayor and Council suggesting that White Lodging wasn't holding up its end of the wage bargain. He laid most of the blame on Garza for providing "direction and approval to White Lodging that was contrary to the ordinance passed by Council." He also said the city's contract management department had initiated a wage audit after receiving verbal complaints from leaders of IBEW Local Union 520, which represents electrical workers..."

Then There's This: Labor Reps Target Marriott
Construction workers say they're getting stiffed on wages at city-backed project
News Column  February 8, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...The first sign of trouble emerged last month, when interim Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes sent a memo to the mayor and Council that suggested White Lodging was in violation of the city's prevailing wage policy. He said the city's contract management department had initiated a wage audit after receiving verbal complaints from leaders of IBEW Local Union 520, which represents electrical workers..."

Point Austin: They Died in Your City
Austin is built by workers subject to institutionalized injustice
News Column  June 19, 2009, by Michael King
"...The report itself – produced in collaboration with researchers from UT-Austin and the University of Illinois at Chicago, with help from the IBEW union, and based on surveys of hundreds of workers as well as interviews with employers – is careful and deliberative. Until recently, the Workers Defense Project, a membership-based nonprofit with more than 350 worker members, has mainly been known for organizing protests targeted at developers or contractors accused of failing to pay employees for work performed..."

The Making of an Endorsement
News Story  October 24, 2008
"...Austin Central Labor Council-AFL-CIO*, Austin Neighborhoods Council, Better Austin Today, Capital Area Asian American Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, East Austin Republicans, Independent Texans - Austin, Save Our Springs Alliance, South Austin Democrats, South Central Coalition of Neighborhoods, Southwest Austin Democrats, Texans for Accountable Government, Texans for Public Justice, The Republican Club of Austin, Travis County Democratic Party, Travis County Green Party, Travis County Libertarian Party, Travis County Republican Liberty Caucus, AFSCME Local 1624 (state, county and municipal employees), AFT - Local 6249, ATU 1091 (Amalgamated Transit Union), American Postal Workers 299, Austin Association of Firefighters, CWA - 6132, 6150, California Nurses Association, Doctors Guild of Texas #4, Carpenters Union 1266, Education Austin 2048, Education Round Rock 4000, Graphic Communications International 528, IATSE 205 (Stage Hands & Mortion Pictures), IBEW 520, Iron Workers 482, IUPAT Glaziers 1778, IUPAT Painters 130, NALC 181 (letter, OPIU 277 & 298 (Office and Professional International Union), Physician's Guild of Texas, Plumbers and Pipefitters 286, Sheet Metal Workers 67, Texas State Employees 6186, plus:..."

Are Her Hands Really Tied?
Postmarks  February 2, 2006
"...Are her hands really tied? She is glad for it. As a retired member of IBEW Local 520 I attended and participated in one of the first pickets of a Capitol Metro board hearing..."

Labor Backs AISD Bonds
District, unions reach agreement on prevailing-wage issue
News Story  August 20, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May


Palmer Picket Persists
News Story  November 23, 2001, by Michael King
"...It took a letter of credit on the part of MW Builders to get the workers finally paid up, said Rick Zerr, a Palmer electrician and the IBEW's job rep on the project. (At press time, Guy Fourier, owner of Guy's Electric, had not responded to a request for comment.) Trying to hire another sub-contractor will end up costing more for the company, Zerr added, because they will not be able to complete the job for the original bid..."

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