Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

May
2015
21

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...
May
2015
13

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances
  A bill has advanced in the California Assembly that would extend labor protections to NFL cheerleaders and entitle them to minimum wages.  AB 202 would also require teams to pay their cheerleaders overtime and give them the same benefits afforded other team employees, such as paid sick leave.  After passing the Committee on Arts, [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
28

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers
Nearly 500 truck drivers at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach went on strike yesterday, protesting their status as independent contractors and demanding better wages.  The decision to strike came after a weekend vote organized by the Teamsters union on behalf of the drivers. The misclassified truckers are taking action against four drayage...
Apr
2015
23

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed
  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup lost wages and deny permits and licenses to companies with pending wage theft violations.  The proposal is similar to one passed in Santa Clara County last year.  San Jose’s version is being supported by city council members Don Rocha, [&hellip...
Apr
2015
23

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy
  A new study from Smart Cities Prevail (SCP) found that prevailing wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California’s economy.  The study, titled “Building the Golden State – The Economic Impacts of California’s Prevailing Wage Policy,” also found that prevailing wage policies facilitate broad...
Apr
2015
10

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus
  In a hugely positive move for workers, the Long Beach City Council has voted unanimously in favor of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which will cover an estimated $28 million worth of construction.  The decision followed five months of intense negotiation.  The PLA will cover projects costing $500,000 or more and has a [&hellip...
Apr
2015
10

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction
  Ever since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to outsource major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge renovation to Chinese contractors, members of the labor community have expressed concern about quality and jobs being compromised in the name of cutting costs.  In the end, no real money was saved and the project...
Apr
2015
9

“You’ve Got to Put Something in the Ground”: Future of the CA Building Trades is Brighter than Ever

  As he spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the state’s high-speed rail system, Governor Jerry Brown praised construction workers and their leadership in helping move California’s economy forward.  At the height of the economic recession the State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) saw unemployment soar to 60 percent...
Feb
2015
26

Worker Win: California Court Rules Employers Can Sue Competitors for Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  While the prevailing wage faces a broad-based attack by GOP majorities in Wisconsin, Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and New Mexico, a 2-1 decision in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal is doing just the opposite: strengthening the important worker protection. That court ruled recently that...
Feb
2015
18

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.’s Underserved

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.'s Underserved
  Last week the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) held a Construction Career Recruitment and Resource Fair looking for workers to join the union ranks for over a dozen Metro construction projects, all governed by a project labor agreement (PLA).  The event was held outside of MTA headquarters and included representatives of...
Feb
2015
11

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract
  One month after becoming properly classified as employees by their company, Shippers Transport Express (STE) truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified their first contract.  Three days of collective bargaining led to a contract over the weekend. The one-year contract will cover all full- and part-time STE...
Feb
2015
4

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters
  After a two-year legal battle, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that seven Port of Los Angeles truckers are in fact employees, not independent contractors, and are owed more than $2 million in damages.  The affected drivers were part of five strikes against their companies.  The legal victory is a major win for [&hellip...