Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Jun
2015
19

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time
  A historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is in the works between the Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the California Resources Corporation (CRC) which would require oilfield contractors to use union labor for construction and maintenance.  The agreement would not affect drilling operations.   According to KGET 17...
Jun
2015
16

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach
  Drivers for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), a wing of the Chinese government-owned COSCO Logistics Americas, recently delivered a letter to the company demanding recognition of their right to be represented by Teamsters Local 848.  IBT, which coincidentally shares an acronym with the Teamters (IBT), refused the demand so the...
Jun
2015
16

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
  FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors.  The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers. Last August, a federal appeals court ruled that the workers were employees and therefore...
Jun
2015
11

Funding for New L.A. Law Questioned: “We need enforcement now. There’s wage theft now.”

Funding for New L.A. Law Questioned:
  As the Los Angeles City Council looks to create a new office to enforce local wage laws as part of its minimum wage hike plan, many experts want to know how they will fund it.  The council has approved $500,000 to be used to hire five analysts for the new office by July 1st.  [&hellip...
May
2015
29

Overcrowding Forces CA School District to Do the Right Thing Regarding Construction Hiring

  The Salinas Union School Board voted in favor of using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of a new high school, a move they believe will ensure local contractors are hired.  The board made the decision by a 5-1 margin, following a $128 million bond to fund school construction and improvements approved by [&hellip...
May
2015
29

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects
  Despite private construction picking up in the South Bay, many local construction workers are being left out the equation.  In response, a labor-backed effort to voluntarily use local labor and apprentices is gaining steam in Sunnyvale, California.  An ordinance, which would be the first of its kind in the region, could change the shape...