Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Aug
2015
13

That’s a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters

That's a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters
  Momentum has been building for bus drivers in San Francisco who transport Silicon Valley workers, and victories at Compass Transportation and Loop Transportation have resulted in newfound Teamsters representation. But things have not been as hunky dory at Bauer’s according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board...
Aug
2015
10

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker’s Death in CA

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker's Death in CA
  The owner of an Alameda, California construction company and a project manager have been sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter following the death of a day laborer on their worksite.  The victim, 36-year-old Raul Zapata, died after thousands of pounds of rocks and dirt collapsed from a hillside into a ditch [&hellip...
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Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
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...
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...