Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Aug
2014
28

Teach the Children Well: SF Expo Brings Local Youth a Step Closer to Construction Careers

  In preparation for the San Francisco region’s coming construction boom, a first-of-its-kind trades exposition was held at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard to highlight career opportunities in the building and construction trades.  The location of the exposition was the site of San Francisco’s largest private development project....
Aug
2014
22

$8,000,000 in Back Pay Coming to Exploited Prison Workers in Central California

  Corrections Corp., the nation’s largest private prison company, has been ordered to pay more than $8 million in back pay to 362 of its current and former employees following a federal investigation. The Labor Department found that the company violated wage and benefit laws and failed to pay the prevailing wage.    Corrections Corp....
Aug
2014
8

California Colleges Reaping the Local Hiring Benefits of Hard-Fought Project Labor Agreement

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covering up to $500 million of construction at Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges has surpassed its local hiring goals. The projects are partially funded through California’s Measure C bonds with the state and federal government providing matching funding.   The use of a PLA was heavily...
Aug
2014
6

Massive Court Decision Clears the Way for High-Speed Rail in California

Massive Court Decision Clears the Way for High-Speed Rail in California
  In California, a panel of appellate judges decided that the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority can move forward with the sale of $8.6 billion in bonds to fund its new transportation network. The HSR line will stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles.   The ruling forces Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kinney to vacate...
Aug
2014
6

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract
  The 13 unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition authorized a strike Monday night which could lead to a shutdown of ferry and bus services.  No date has been set for the action as the group hopes to continue negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.  More than [&hellip...
Jul
2014
21

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR
  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are waiting with baited breath for the positive economic impact it has in tow. One such city is Fresno, where unemployed workers are being given an opportunity to ready themselves for upcoming apprenticeships that will come to the region during [&hellip...