Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
advert
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...
Jul
2014
18

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017
  How do you know awareness about the minimum wage is still limited outside of the beltway and political Twitter? When the eighth most populated city in the country decides to forgo a ballot initiative in favor of an immediate ordinance that will bump the city up $2.50 in just three years and hardly anyone [&hellip...
Jul
2014
7

Port Truckers in CA Strike “Indefinitely” Over Misclassification, Right to Unionize

Port Truckers in CA Strike
  MSNBC reports that California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations.  Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.  ...
Jul
2014
7

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less
  In a July 4th op-ed for the San Diego Free Press, S.E. Mayes, a 30-year El Centro resident and member of the Imperial County Development Board, highlights the irony of the El Centro city government joining a lawsuit against the recently passed Senate Bill 7 considering El Centro has the second highest unemployment rate [&hellip...
Jun
2014
24

CA Passes Affordable Veteran Housing Measure With a Little Help From Union Friends

  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 has continued its goal of assisting military veterans transitioning to civilian life by supporting the effort to pass Proposition 41, a California affordable housing bill.  According to a 2013 survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 22 percent of...
Jun
2014
18

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed
  A recent long read from the Sacramento Bee details the decision of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to hire a Chinese contractor, Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to rebuild key parts of the Bay Bridge and how the company’s inexperience and shoddy work have led to structural doubts and inflated costs...
Jun
2014
13

CA Mayor: “Prevailing Wage Projects Don’t Cost Any More than Those Built by Low-Wage, Less Skilled Workers.”

  Mayor Steve Hardy and Vice Mayor Mitch Mashburn of Vacaville, CA recently wrote an op-ed defending the state’s prevailing wage law. They question the motives of cities that are joining lawsuits against SB7, a recently-minted law intended to protect the prevailing wage against charterization of cities.   Putting their unique knowledge of...
Jun
2014
12

Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards

Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards
  Three former bodyguards of Snoop Dogg are suing for $3 million in back wages claiming they were overworked and underpaid during their time protecting the rapper.  The plaintiffs — Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray and Ryan Turk — allege that they were fired in early 2014 after bringing their complaints to the esteemed performer....
Jun
2014
3

Despite Relentless Chamber of Commerce Lobbying, Wage Theft Prevention Bill Advances in CA

  A new Wage Theft Prevention Bill that recently passed the California State Assembly could lead to liens on properties of those who fail to correctly pay workers.  The bill passed by a 43-27 vote and seeks to curb the growing problem of wage theft by creating more serious punishments for those who commit the [&hellip...