Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Apr
2014
10

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion
  OSHA is investigating a late March explosion at Alco Metal & Iron Co. in San Leandro, CA which sent a propane tank smashing into a car where a man had been sitting.   According to Inside Bay Area News, the company has been cited six times in the past decade for violations ranging from ...
Apr
2014
2

CA Bill Would Be First to Hold Temp Agencies, Subcontracts Responsible for Wage and Safety Violations

  In California, a bill proposed on Friday would make the state the first to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by subcontractors and temp agencies.  The move would help workers who often find that misdeeds by companies can be skirted using a chain of command argument. In a statement, Caitlin ...
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Mar
2014
24

California “Independent Contractor” Ruling Could Be Game-Changer for Trucking Industry

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  Port truck drivers in Long Beach and Los Angeles scored a major victory on Friday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important employee misclassification decision which set a precedent that could reshape the industry.  The victory is another step in the right direction for truckers labeled “independent...
Mar
2014
6

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year
  The 4th annual Women Building California and the Nation Conference will be held April 25-27 in Sacramento.  The conference is expected to bring together over 600 women representing a wide array of building trades related fields and functions.  The conference enables women a chance to network and build new skills. Highlights of the...
Feb
2014
28

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF
  In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several...
Feb
2014
20

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour
  The presence of a Guinness World Record adjudicator made it official: the foundation of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand broke the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour.  By pouring 21,200 cubic yards of concrete, the project surpassed the previous record holder, the Venetian in Las Vegas, which poured 21,000 cubic yards in...
Feb
2014
20

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring
  The 8.5 mile light rail line that will connect Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is governed by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that mandates local residents get a chance to work on the project.  The PLA was approved in 2011 and construction was approved in 2012. Now, with ground ...
Jan
2014
15

California Utility’s Training Program Delivering Impressive Hiring Rate, High Entry Level Pay

California Utility's Training Program Delivering Impressive Hiring Rate, High Entry Level Pay
  For California utility company PG&E, the “Silver Tsunami” is quite real.  With many of the company’s workers nearing retirement, PG&E has turned to a tried-and-true solution to avoiding a worker shortage snag: in-house training programs.   The problem is not specific to PG&E. A recent study from the Aspen...
Jan
2014
8

ATU Local 1555 Members Accept BART Contract, Clashes Nearly in the Rearview

ATU Local 1555 Members Accept BART Contract, Clashes Nearly in the Rearview
  After months of tense negotiations and labor actions, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 has voted to accept a revised contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).  The other union involved, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on January 13th.  Both unions originally agreed to the contracts on November 1st, 2013, only to ...
Dec
2013
17

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College
  In California, the Southwestern Community College governing board has approved a Community Benefits Agreement (commonly referred to as a Project Labor Agreement) for its Proposition R projects.  The ballot initiative encouraging the project was passed in 2008 with 71 percent of voters approving the $389 million loan to the college.  Now,...
Dec
2013
16

Walmart Contractor Pays $4.7M Overtime Wage Settlement, Avoids Admitting Wrongdoing

Walmart Contractor Pays $4.7M Overtime Wage Settlement, Avoids Admitting Wrongdoing
  Schneider Logistics, a contractor which runs a Walmart distribution center in Mira Loma, California, agreed to pay $4.7 million to as many as 568 workers as part of a settlement stemming from a case in the federal court system.  A judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement last week.   Schneider Logistics was accused ...
Dec
2013
13

After Four Years, Schwarzenegger’s Anti-Union Apprenticeship Council Appointees’ Terms Finally Up

  Gov. Jerry Brown has announced eight appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC).  The seventeen member board is made up of 14 gubernatorial appointees.  Of these 14 members, six represent management, six represent labor, and two represent the public. The CAC ensures decides on the approval and expansion of apprenticeship...