Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Aug
2013
7

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel
  This brief announcement comes via SBCTC.org… *** Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he has appointed SBCTC President Emeritus Bob Balgenorth to a three-member panel charged with investigating and reporting on the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions. The Governor stated that he created the panel in hopes...
Aug
2013
2

WAGE WIN: San Diego Ordinance Will Mandate Prevailing Wages on Nearly All Public Works Projects

  In a 5-4 vote, the San Diego City council passed an ordinance that will require contractors to pay prevailing wages on public works and maintenance projects that cost over $25,000.  The previous threshold to mandate prevailing wages was $10 million.   If the ordinance passes a second reading it will take effect on January [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
18

Bay Bridge Authorities Consider Rushed, Risky Solution to Chinese Steel and Bolt Failures

Bay Bridge Authorities Consider Rushed, Risky Solution to Chinese Steel and Bolt Failures
  CALTRANS, the authority which oversees the iconic San Francisco Bay Bridge, is asking the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to consider an alternative plan that will allow the bridge to open as scheduled despite repairs being incomplete. The new plan was sought after renovated portions of the bridge experienced dangerous bolt failures....
Jul
2013
3

Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking

Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking
  In Palo Alto, CA the construction of the Mitchell Park Library has become a crash course in you-what-you-pay-for-enomics.   After opting for the low bidder on what will be the city’s largest public works project, things began to unravel for the city which has discovered how expensive shoddy, fly by night work really is. [&hellip...
Jul
2013
2

Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

  Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by...
Jun
2013
25

San Diego Takes Next Step Toward Lowering the Threshold for Prevailing Wages to $25,000

  In San Diego, the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee has passed a measure that would require workers on most city maintenance and public works projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The issue will be taken up July 30th.   Currently, prevailing wages kick in on projects paid for with state or [&hellip...
Jun
2013
20

Eight. Million. More. CA Labor Commissioner Collects Another Big BackPayDay for Spurned Workers

  2,051 workers who helped build San Diego’s Bayfront Hotel will be getting $8,072,273 in back pay. California Labor Commissioner Julie Su and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement have determined they should have been paid prevailing wages.   The determining factor was that the Port of San Diego provided over $46 million in tax...
Jun
2013
17

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph’s Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph's Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights
  If the good news about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Arizona’s restrictive voter ID law hasn’t satisfied your human rights’ appetite for the day, look no further than California where SCOTUS has denied a review of Ralph’s Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 8. This...
Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a [&hellip...
Jun
2013
10

CA Building Trades Sponsor Bill to Prevent “Deceptive and Unfair” Use of Worker Earnings Deduction

  This is a cross-post from the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) website, written by SBCTC president Robbie Hunter… *** Anti-union contractors deduct earnings from workers’ paychecks. They use the money to fund committees that falsely claim to be about labor compliance, but actually exist solely...
Jun
2013
6

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project
  While environmentalists clash with everyone and their mother over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, another pipe project in an even more traditionally pro-environment area, Napa County, California, is enjoying a different experience. The new Napa Pipe, a 154-acre mixed use project which received unanimous support from county...
Jun
2013
5

CA Lawmakers Look to Close “The Walmart Loophole,” Ensure Big Co.’s Provide Health Care Under ACA

  California lawmakers are looking to close a possible loophole which would allow large employers like Wal-Mart to skirt the responsibility of providing health care in the lead up to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.   As the state prepares to take on extra fiscal weight through its Medi-Cal program, legislators are looking...