Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Nov
2014
6

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance
  The charter city of Napa, California has passed an ordinance requiring all workers on future public construction projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The bill was passed by city council in early November and a second vote will put it into full effect in late November.  City officials say they were already committed [&hellip...
Nov
2014
5

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations
  Four assisted living providers in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently issued upwards of $3 million in citations by California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. The providers in question — Common Destiny Care Homes, Abraham Rest Home Inc., Sanchez-Abraham Corporation, and Florian White Dove Care — were cited $1,820,551 for...
Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7′s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
15

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules
  Several California charter cities are passing ordinances establishing prevailing wage standards that adhere to those mandated by SB7, which becomes law on January 1st, 2015.  SB7 prevents state funds from going to projects in cities that do not adhere to statewide prevailing wage standards.  Being that many of these cities chose charter...
Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
Oct
2014
10

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects
  A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent.  The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California,...
Oct
2014
9

Time to PLA the Piper: San Diego’s Anti-Worker Attitude Will Force Massive Construction Funding Loss

  Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye took to the op-ed section of the Voice of San Diego to explain the situation the city faces given its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) under Prop A.  At stake? Millions of dollars in funding for construction projects.  In October of 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown signed [&hellip...
Oct
2014
6

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors’ Violations

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors' Violations
  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1897, which holds companies responsible for the labor violations of the companies they have subcontracted to provide labor.  The law aims to curb the tendency to ‘buck-pass’ responsibility for labor violations through a “chain of command” defense.  The law exempts a...
Oct
2014
3

After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors

After Their Sweeping Exposé on Misclassification, McClatchy’s Flagship Paper Caught with 5,000 Illegal Independent Contractors
  Just a month after McClatchy published an important series of articles about the harm done by employee misclassification, their flagship newspaper has been found to have misclassified its carriers as independent contractors.  Judge Gerrit Wood ruled that the Sacramento Bee misclassified 5,000 of its carriers.  The ruling in the case is...