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US Labor Department recovers more than $1.4M in back wages, damages for 300 employees of Long Island City plumbing and heating contractors

NEW YORK — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a settlement by consent judgment that provides for the recovery of $1.42 million in back wages and liquidated damages for more than 300 current and former employees of four Long Island City plumbing and heating contractors. The related businesses are Danica Group LLC; Copper Plumbing & Heating LLC; Copper II Plumbing & Heating LLC; Copper III Plumbing & Heating LLC, and the owners are Thomas Andreadakis, Leonidas Andreadakis and Helen Andreadakis.

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Union Protest Notes Violations at Niantic site

More than a half dozen members of a carpenters union protested outside the Seaside Village construction project Monday morning, calling attention to state Department of Labor stop-work orders alleging that three out-of-state contractors had violated labor laws at the Niantic site.

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Workers should join together to increase wages in 2015

In 2015, nearly 5 million American workers might get a pay raise. By joining together to ask for one. Through a union. Minimum wage hikes, overtime expansion, paid sick leave and other policy improvements are important to raise wages in America. But the best way for workers to get a raise is by asking for one with a collective voice. That’s what workers do – bargain together in unions to improve our lives.

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VT Gas pulls the plug on pipeline expansion to NY

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Vermont Gas President and CEO Don Rendall is still waiting for a dull moment.

Nearly two weeks before he officially took over as CEO from his predecessor Don Gilbert on Jan. 1, Rendall announced a second cost increase for Phase 1 of Vermont Gas' natural gas pipeline expansion from Colchester to Middlebury. The price went from $121.6 million to $154 million. The original cost estimate was $86 million.

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