Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
May
2016
13

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction
  The Los Angeles City Council has approved a privately funded, 22,000 seat, $250 million soccer-specific stadium to house Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  The project will be the biggest and most expensive soccer-only project in MLS history. As part of their plan, LAFC announced a Project Labor Agreement...
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...
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...