Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Feb
2015
26

Worker Win: California Court Rules Employers Can Sue Competitors for Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  While the prevailing wage faces a broad-based attack by GOP majorities in Wisconsin, Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and New Mexico, a 2-1 decision in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal is doing just the opposite: strengthening the important worker protection. That court ruled recently that...
Feb
2015
18

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.’s Underserved

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.'s Underserved
  Last week the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) held a Construction Career Recruitment and Resource Fair looking for workers to join the union ranks for over a dozen Metro construction projects, all governed by a project labor agreement (PLA).  The event was held outside of MTA headquarters and included representatives of...
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Feb
2015
11

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract

Following Misclassification Victory, Port of L.A. and Long Beach Teamsters Land Contract
  One month after becoming properly classified as employees by their company, Shippers Transport Express (STE) truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified their first contract.  Three days of collective bargaining led to a contract over the weekend. The one-year contract will cover all full- and part-time STE...
Feb
2015
4

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters
  After a two-year legal battle, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that seven Port of Los Angeles truckers are in fact employees, not independent contractors, and are owed more than $2 million in damages.  The affected drivers were part of five strikes against their companies.  The legal victory is a major win for [&hellip...
Feb
2015
3

Under PLA, L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.

Under PLA, L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.
  The Los Angeles City Council recently approved the Century City Center, a 37-story development project that will become only the sixth LEED Platinum-certified high-rise in the nation. It will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project was delayed by intense scrutiny from critics despite estimates that it will create 6,000...
Jan
2015
12

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It’s Cool

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It's Cool
  On Friday, 88 of the 111 port truckers working for Shippers Transport Express voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 848. The vote represents a major victory for the misclassified drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who have been participating in work actions for over a year.  The union [&hellip...
Jan
2015
9

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium
  A major Interlake Tunnel Project was given the green light in California last month after the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the estimated $63 million construction.  The approval was linked to Assembly Bill 155 (AB 155) which requires a “design-build” method as opposed to the traditional “design-bid-build”...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
Dec
2014
1

First of Its Kind: Citywide Project Labor Agreement Passes in Martinez, CA; Will Apply to All Projects $250K and Up

  In Martinez, California the city council approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for all future city capital improvement projects.  Martinez is the first city in Contra Costa county to make such a commitment and was completed in time to apply to a multimillion dollar waterfront improvement project set to begin construction in the upcoming...
Nov
2014
19

Long (Beach) Overdue: CA City Set to Approve Project Labor Agreements for Coming Construction Work

  The Long Beach City Council has unanimously approved a recommendation that the city manager negotiate a citywide Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for various construction projects.  In 2010 the city council approved a PLA to build a new concourse at the Long Beach Airport.  In July of 2014 the city council authorized the city manager...
Nov
2014
17

Fresno’s Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Ignorance of Prevailing Wage Reversed by City Council

  The Fresno City Council has voted to approve two measures which will repeal its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and require the prevailing wage to be paid on municipal public works projects.  The two measures bring the city in line with new state bills — SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7 — [&hellip...
Nov
2014
10

Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City’s First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades

Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City's First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades
  The developers of 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, California have announced an agreement with the Building and Construction Trades of Alameda County which will result in the 180-foot tall mixed-use project being built by an entirely union workforce.  The project’s representative, Mark Rhoades of Rhoades Planning Group, believes it...