Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
19

CA Gov. Brown Signs SB954 Preventing Lobbyist Misuse of Construction Workers’ Wage Deductions

CA Gov. Brown Signs SB954 Preventing Lobbyist Misuse of Construction Workers' Wage Deductions
  California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill to ensure construction workers’ wages aren’t involuntarily deducted and used for anti-labor purposes by unscrupulous contractors. The legislation, SB 954, was authored by State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades...
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Sep
2016
13

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers
  Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment: The...
Sep
2016
6

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi
  With the placement of a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand last Saturday, Downtown L.A.’s latest sky scraper became the tallest building in America west of the Mississippi River. The hotel and office complex is being built under a Project Labor Agreement and has created thousands of new jobs: Members of Local 416 joined [&hellip...
Aug
2016
23

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending
  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would see major investments in public transit and highway infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Measure M, officially called the “Los Angeles...
Aug
2016
23

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits
  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit company called Civic San Diego. CivicSD approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown San Diego and surrounding communities. San Diego is the only municipality in the state that outsources these kinds...
Jul
2016
29

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring
  The NAPA County Board of Supervisors is looking to implement a local hiring policy for large construction projects. Beginning with work on a low-risk prison facility, the policy aims to set guidelines for all future projects and will include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure quality and hiring standards: Napa County wants to see...
Jul
2016
28

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance
  California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated a newfound openness to paying construction workers the prevailing wage under his new plan to streamline housing development across the state. Brown was previously resistant to the idea, but in a press conference last week, director of Housing and Community Development Ben Metcalf made it clear...
Jul
2016
11

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.
  A “zombie entity” is running amuck in San Diego. So says Murtaza Baxamusa, former board member of Civic San Diego, the “zombie entity” in question. The organization approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown and surrounding communities. San Diego’s is the...
Jul
2016
8

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California
  The Los Angeles Rams are homesick. More specifically, they are homesick for Missouri’s labor laws. After packing up shop and moving to California this offseason, the Rams brought along a little contractual memento for their players: Per a league source, contracts being offered to new players state that the laws of Missouri, not...
Jun
2016
21

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races
  Lost in the news cycle that followed the California presidential primary was the tremendous impact the San Diego Building Trades had on election night, winning 72 percent of its endorsed races.  The result was the effort of countless hours by hundreds of members who volunteered their time to ensure that the voice of working [&hellip...
Jun
2016
15

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval
  In San Diego, a total of 110,786 signatures were delivered to the Committee for Sports, Entertainment, and Tourism by those who wish to see the Chargers’ proposed plan for a new stadium make its way onto the November ballot.  The signatures must now be certified by Elizabeth Maland, the city clerk.  If approved by [&hellip...