Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a divisive game with New York City’s labor...

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks,...

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program...

Ahead of Big Budget,

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out...

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Overcrowding Forces CA School District to Do the Right Thing Regarding Construction Hiring

  The Salinas Union School Board voted in favor of using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of a new high school, a move they believe will ensure local contractors are hired.  The board made the decision by a 5-1 margin, following a $128 million bond to fund school construction and improvements approved by [&hellip...
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May
2015
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Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects
  Despite private construction picking up in the South Bay, many local construction workers are being left out the equation.  In response, a labor-backed effort to voluntarily use local labor and apprentices is gaining steam in Sunnyvale, California.  An ordinance, which would be the first of its kind in the region, could change the shape...
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May
2015
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Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects
  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a divisive game with New York City’s labor unions as he works towards reforming the 412-a tax abatement program that is set to expire on June 15th.  The program grants tax abatements to developers who build and preserving affordable housing units in the city. It costs [&hellip...
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May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...
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May
2015
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Big Misclassification Ruling: FL Court Says Uber Driver Was Employee, Is Owed Unemployment Benefits

Big Misclassification Ruling: FL Court Says Uber Driver Was Employee, Is Owed Unemployment Benefits
  In a decision that could set a new precedent for Uber and the on-demand economy in general, a Florida court has decided that an Uber driver was an employee when he had his account deactivated and is thus entitled to unemployment benefits.   Darren McGillis, a 46-year-old former driver, was stripped of his right [&hellip...
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May
2015
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Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative
  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks, Michigan’s conservative right-wing is shifting its efforts to putting the issue on a voting ballot.  If successful, the move would effectively circumvent Gov. Rick Snyder, a vocal opponent of repeal.   The ballot initiative is being organized by the...
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May
2015
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Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH
  Ohio Governor John Kasich last week rescinded the rights of in-home health care workers to collectively bargain, reversing the course set by his predecessor, Ted Strickland, in 2007.  Kasich used executive authority in issuing an EO that turned the employees into independent contractors, arguing that Obamacare made Strickland’s moves...
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May
2015
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L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
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May
2015
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For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program for public works projects with a price tag of more than $2 million.  The program replaces a voluntary apprenticeship program that had failed.  The council also lowered the threshold to trigger the apprenticeship program. It was previously set at an...
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May
2015
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DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties

DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties
  A Puerto Rican firm that supplies security guards to businesses and government agencies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when they failed to pay their workers overtime and misclassified them as independent contractors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  A U.S. District Court slapped Alpha Guards Management Inc....
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May
2015
20

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

Ahead of Big Budget,
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out $400,000 from his campaign fund to the state’s Republican lawmakers in advance of several key votes. Major budget and “turnaround agenda” decision are looming for the legislature.   The unorthodox move shows that the multi-millionaire’s...
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May
2015
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H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip...
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