Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Jun
2016
9

Teamsters’ Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National

Teamsters' Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National
  Members of the Teamsters union, in their constant battle to end truck driver misclassification, are taking part in a national leafletting action at XPO/Con-Way terminals.  The action coincides with recent strikes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and in San Diego, where misclassification is rampant.  Earlier this month, the Teamsters...
May
2016
27

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports
  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will guarantee jobs for local workers, disadvantaged residents, and veterans on an estimated $717 million in port infrastructure projects over the next five years.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was agreed to by the Harbor Commission and the Los...
May
2016
17

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co’s Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co's Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows
  The Office of California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced an amnesty program for drayage trucking companies that misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.  The program extends through the end of 2016 and allows companies to avoid liability if they reclassify their drivers as employees.   Known as the Motor Carrier...
May
2016
17

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them
  An amazing piece of long-form investigative journalism from the San Jose Mercury News shines light on the hidden, foreign workforce being brought to the U.S. on faulty B1/B2 visas in order to build auto factories.  At the heart of the story is a new multi-million dollar paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. An injury...