Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Oct
2014
15

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules
  Several California charter cities are passing ordinances establishing prevailing wage standards that adhere to those mandated by SB7, which becomes law on January 1st, 2015.  SB7 prevents state funds from going to projects in cities that do not adhere to statewide prevailing wage standards.  Being that many of these cities chose charter...
Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
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Oct
2014
10

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects
  A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent.  The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California,...
Oct
2014
9

Time to PLA the Piper: San Diego’s Anti-Worker Attitude Will Force Massive Construction Funding Loss

  Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye took to the op-ed section of the Voice of San Diego to explain the situation the city faces given its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) under Prop A.  At stake? Millions of dollars in funding for construction projects.  In October of 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown signed [&hellip...
Oct
2014
6

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors’ Violations

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors' Violations
  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1897, which holds companies responsible for the labor violations of the companies they have subcontracted to provide labor.  The law aims to curb the tendency to ‘buck-pass’ responsibility for labor violations through a “chain of command” defense.  The law exempts a...
Oct
2014
3

After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors

After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors
  Just a month after McClatchy published an important series of articles about the harm done by employee misclassification, their flagship newspaper has been found to have misclassified its carriers as independent contractors.  Judge Gerrit Wood ruled that the Sacramento Bee misclassified 5,000 of its carriers.  The ruling in the case is...
Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...
Sep
2014
4

CA Bill Aims to Protect Temps, Hold Parent Co.’s Responsible for Subcontractor Wage Theft

  The California legislature has passed a bill that will hold companies responsible for wage theft and labor violations that occur when they use subcontractors or temporary workers.  Assembly Bill 1897, introduced by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina), seeks to address labor concerns that have arisen since the post-recession...
Sep
2014
4

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified
  A new report from the Economic Roundtable, “Sinking  Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction,” shows that one in six construction workers in California are either misclassified or working completely off the books.  For a state whose construction industry is worth $152 billion and employs 895,000 workers,...
Sep
2014
2

Building Trades, Dept of Ed Launch Refreshing Approach to Skills Training in CA High Schools

  As the new school year begins, nine high schools in California are poised to display the merits of a pilot program which will prepare students to participate in pre-apprenticeships in the construction trades.  The “MC3” – or Multi-Craft Core Curriculum — will focus on building trades math; labor history; training to...
Sep
2014
2

Argument for Charter City Status in California Falling Apart at the Seams

  In an op-ed rallying citizens of Escondido, California against Proposition G, Don Greene of the Escondido Democratic Club refutes claims by charter city advocates that privatization saves taxpayers money.  The issue is up for public vote this November. Prop G supporters want to eliminate the prevailing wage. But this type of action...
Aug
2014
29

SB7 Beats 6 BSers: Charter City Wage Suppressors Admonished by California Court

  On Wednesday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a ruling upholding SB7, a law that cuts funding from charter cities when they refuse to pay prevailing wages on public projects.  The law took effect in January but has been held up in the court system by six charter cities hoping to [&hellip...