Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Aug
2015
26

Watchdog Slams LA Times for Education Coverage Funded by Charter School, Reform Advocates

Watchdog Slams LA Times for Education Coverage Funded by Charter School, Reform Advocates
  A recent post from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) highlights the conflicts of interest surrounding the Los Angeles Times’ initiative “Education Matters.”  Announced earlier this month, the goal is to cover educational issues and provide “an ongoing, wide-ranging report card on K-12 education in Los...
Aug
2015
26

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA
  In California, wildfires brought about by drought conditions have made national news. Perenially, the story turns to firefighters risking their lives in an attempt to contain the damage.  More than 14,000 firefighters have bravely worked to manage the string of fires across the state, which have caused the U.S. Forest Service to spend...
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Aug
2015
24

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits
  A bevy of recent misclassification cases in California show how widespread the epidemic has become in an array of industries over the past half a decade.  But last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had settled with National Consolidated Couriers Inc. for a whopping $5 million in unpaid wages and [&hellip...
Aug
2015
13

That’s a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters

That's a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters
  Momentum has been building for bus drivers in San Francisco who transport Silicon Valley workers, and victories at Compass Transportation and Loop Transportation have resulted in newfound Teamsters representation. But things have not been as hunky dory at Bauer’s according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board...
Aug
2015
10

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker’s Death in CA

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker's Death in CA
  The owner of an Alameda, California construction company and a project manager have been sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter following the death of a day laborer on their worksite.  The victim, 36-year-old Raul Zapata, died after thousands of pounds of rocks and dirt collapsed from a hillside into a ditch [&hellip...
Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
24

Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill

Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill
  Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1308, Building Trades-backed legislation which protects successful state-approved apprenticeship programs by reinforcing the “need standard.”  The law is aimed at stopping contractors from establishing phony apprenticeship programs in order to pay lower wages to workers on...
Jul
2015
22

Teamsters Back CA Bill to Grant Amnesty to Drayage Co.’s Who Reclassify Drivers by 2017

Teamsters Back CA Bill to Grant Amnesty to Drayage Co.'s Who Reclassify Drivers by 2017
  In California, Assemblymember Roger Hernandez has introduced a bill which will provide drayage companies a limited period of amnesty to reclassify their drivers as employees. This would be contingent upon a settlement with the state on behalf of the drivers in question.  The bill, AB 621, is currently before the state Senate appropriations...
Jul
2015
14

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.’s Wage Theft Explosion

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.'s Wage Theft Explosion
  In California, car rental giant Hertz is facing a wage theft lawsuit wherein employees claim the company failed to pay overtime while making them skip lunch and rest breaks, and asked them to work off the clock. Among the accusers is Chalissa Johnson, a single mother to special needs child, whose lawyers filed the [&hellip...
Jul
2015
6

Dues and Don’ts: Labor Eyes Supreme Court in Lead-up to de Facto National “Right-to-Work” Decision

Dues and Don'ts: Labor Eyes Supreme Court in Lead-up to de Facto National
  The Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in its next term, a case which could create a national “Right-to-Work” law for government employees.  The case revolves around the long-standing and as-of-yet legally protected practice of unions collecting “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers...
Jun
2015
29

Decorated Military Veteran and IBEW Organizer Honored in Sacramento

  Ramon Castro, a decorated war veteran and journeyman electrician and organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), was honored at a ceremony last week after being named the California 56th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.  Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was on hand to present the award at the Veterans...