Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Apr
2016
29

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts
  San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out nine San Diego Padres in a winning effort this week, improving his record to 2-2. What’s more, the big night boosted the profile of his charitable partnership with Carhartt. Bumgarner is donating $500 to the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program for every strikeout he has this...
Apr
2016
21

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers’ Help

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers' Help
  In California, five defendants have been charged with multiple crimes stemming from their plan to commit insurance fraud and avoid paying prevailing wages on public works projects.  Together, the group defrauded the state of $635,000. For their role in the plan the SoCal criminals have been charged with 32 counts of taking and receiving...
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Apr
2016
11

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years’ Worth of Projects in SF

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years' Worth of Projects in SF
  The members of the unions that make up the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council will see steady work for years to come thanks to a series of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with developer Forest City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).  The BCTC is also close to finalizing a PLA [&hellip...
Apr
2016
1

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022
  In California, lawmakers and labor unions have agreed on a plan to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest state mandate yet. The deal was announced on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown and could be voted on as early as next week. At a press conference announcing the deal, [&hellip...
Mar
2016
18

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft
  Drivers of all types are taking action of all kinds these days, and tech companies are usually on the receiving end of the much-needed workers’ rights grab. Another group of drivers who shuttle the employees of giants such as Google and Facebook will now officially be represented by the Teamsters Local 853.  The workers [&hellip...
Mar
2016
15

CA Labor Champion Reintroduces Bill That Would Allow On-Demand Workers to Organize

CA Labor Champion Reintroduces Bill That Would Allow On-Demand Workers to Organize
  In California, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez will reintroduce AB 1727, known as the “1099 Self-Organizing Act,” to create a hybrid workforce in the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. It would grant new rights to workers classified as independent contractors and toe the line of employment created by companies like Uber...
Mar
2016
10

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles
  In a major victory for California’s proposed high-speed rail (HSR) system, a Sacramento judge ruled against its opponents who argued that plans for the project violated state law.  The decision is likely to be appealed.  For now, the momentum is in favor of the state’s $64 billion plan to connect Los Angeles and San [&hellip...
Mar
2016
8

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession
  An article in the Orange County Register has highlighted the growing number of apprenticeships in California.  The trend is being spurred by a perfect storm of construction needs and an aging workforce.  A push from state and federal agencies to promote apprenticeship programs as an alternative to a four-year degree has had an impact as...
Feb
2016
19

LiUNA Center Announces 250+ Apprentices Turned Journeymen in ’15; 1,600 All Time

  The LiUNA-affiliated Terence J. O’Sullivan Training Center has announced that 272 men and women graduated from apprenticeship to journeyman status in 2015.  To do so, each participant logged 240 hours of classroom instruction and at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.  A total of 1,600 apprentices have graduated from the program...
Feb
2016
4

S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S'Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
  A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic.  The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
Jan
2016
7

Millions Owed: San Diego Pension-Slashing Measure Rebuked by Board; Legal Warfare Expected

Millions Owed: San Diego Pension-Slashing Measure Rebuked by Board; Legal Warfare Expected
  In 2012, San Diego voters approved Proposition B by a two-thirds majority, dramatically cutting city employee retirement benefits.  But to close out 2015, the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled that unions had the right to input in the matter before voters essentially ripped up their union contracts at the ballot...