Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Feb
2016
4

S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S'Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
  A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic.  The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
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Jan
2016
7

Millions Owed: San Diego Pension-Slashing Measure Rebuked by Board; Legal Warfare Expected

Millions Owed: San Diego Pension-Slashing Measure Rebuked by Board; Legal Warfare Expected
  In 2012, San Diego voters approved Proposition B by a two-thirds majority, dramatically cutting city employee retirement benefits.  But to close out 2015, the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled that unions had the right to input in the matter before voters essentially ripped up their union contracts at the ballot...
Jan
2016
4

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors
  The California Labor Commission has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to pay 37 port drivers a total of nearly $7 million in back wages after they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.  Earlier this month, 38 drivers made claims to the Labor Commission that they had been misclassified. Last week, it was...
Nov
2015
24

City Councils on Both Coasts Approve PLAs to Ensure Investment in Local Communities

  Two towns on different sides of the country had their city council chambers packed with union members last week in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are now closer to becoming realities.  While the scenarios are different, the overall sense of responsibility to ensure local investment on major projects is the same. In...
Nov
2015
3

Week-long Teamsters strike, 27K Signatures Result in Misclassification Resolution at SoCal Ports

Week-long Teamsters strike, 27K Signatures Result in Misclassification Resolution at SoCal Ports
  In the span of one week, the labor actions taken by drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went from 20 people on a picket line to a march on City Hall where drivers delivered 27,000 signatures to Mayor Eric Garcetti. They gained the support of the city council, which [&hellip...
Oct
2015
22

Already Seeking Teamsters Representation, CA Plant Workers Hospitalized After Being Forced to Breathe Dangerous Chemicals

Already Seeking Teamsters Representation, CA Plant Workers Hospitalized After Being Forced to Breathe Dangerous Chemicals
  Workers at a Taylor Farms plant in Tracy, California were exposed to a toxic mixture of acetic acid and chlorine which led to the hospitalization of 20 workers.  The incident is the latest in a string of grievances for the workers at the salad processing plant, who have been seeking to unionize like their [&hellip...
Oct
2015
13

Apprenticeship Made Easy: CA Gov Signs Building Trades’ AB509 to Free Up Training Funds

Apprenticeship Made Easy: CA Gov Signs Building Trades' AB509 to Free Up Training Funds
  In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 509, the Higher-Ed Workforce Investment Act, into law. The bill was sponsored by Assemblymember Henry Perea and seeks to help grow pre-apprenticeship programs in areas of California where unemployment is high.   The bill specifically exempts pre-apprenticeship and training programs from having...
Oct
2015
2

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job
  NOTE: One article this post points to went behind paywall after publication Contractors who worked on the new Apple flagship store in San Francisco claim they have yet to be paid, sparking a conflict between one of the world’s largest companies and local contractors and unions.  Build Group says a $5.2 million bill is [&hellip...
Sep
2015
21

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement
  At its last meeting, the Long Beach city council passed two measures aimed at helping the city’s workers. One creates a service, Long Beach First, to provide local workers to contractors and the other authorizes plans to spend $65,000 on a study of the possible effects of mandating a higher minimum wage.  The two-year [&hellip...
Sep
2015
17

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist
  Responding to an op-ed by former Associated Builders and Contractors officer George Hawkins that cast shadows on a Smart Cities Prevail wage study, economist Kevin Duncan dismantled the anti-union lobby’s talking points on the San Diego Source. After explaining the process by which he conducts his peer reviewed studies, Duncan...
Sep
2015
17

Broken Record/System: Wage Theft Laws Not Providing Relief to the Millions Affected

Broken Record/System: Wage Theft Laws Not Providing Relief to the Millions Affected
  Across the country, legislative and task force initiatives to combat wage theft are not providing enough power to those charged with enforcing standards, putting unscrupulous employers in the position of cat while workers are the mice. The legal system is the block of cheese. While cracking down on wage theft has gained momentum in [&hellip...