Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
Jun
2014
2

Escondido Democratic Club Battling to Protect Prevailing Wages, Claims ABC’s Motivations are Unsavory

  The Escondido Democratic Club recently took some time to clear up misconceptions about the prevailing wage, a hot topic in local political conversations due to the city’s upcoming referendum on charterization.  At the final public hearing on the issue, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed proudly admitted the he was “championing the...
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May
2014
27

Prevailing Wage Enforcement, Apprenticeship Funding Bolstered in CA Budget Markups

  According to a State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) email, California’s Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have agreed to include language in the upcoming budget which guarantees adequate funding for a Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) effort to ensure proper enforcement of prevailing wage laws. The...
May
2014
6

Fresno-to-Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Route Expected to Be Approved This Week

Fresno-to-Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Route Expected to Be Approved This Week
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will meet at Fresno City Hall this week to hear public comments on plans to approve a 144 mile segment of High-Speed Rail (HSR) that will connect Fresno and Bakersfield.  With a 20,000 page environmental impact report as its guide, the group will decide how to properly ensure the [&hellip...
Apr
2014
22

Op-ed Defends CA’s Prevailing Wage in Face of Charter City Race to the Bottom

  The implementation of California’s SB 7, which would restrict funds to charter cities that do not want to pay the prevailing wage, is being halted by a lawsuit from five cities who seek the right to continue to pay workers on publicly funded projects less than the regional average.   In an op-ed for [&hellip...
Apr
2014
10

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion
  OSHA is investigating a late March explosion at Alco Metal & Iron Co. in San Leandro, CA which sent a propane tank smashing into a car where a man had been sitting.   According to Inside Bay Area News, the company has been cited six times in the past decade for violations ranging from [&hellip...
Apr
2014
2

CA Bill Would Be First to Hold Temp Agencies, Subcontracts Responsible for Wage and Safety Violations

  In California, a bill proposed on Friday would make the state the first to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by subcontractors and temp agencies.  The move would help workers who often find that misdeeds by companies can be skirted using a chain of command argument. In a statement, Caitlin [&hellip...
Mar
2014
24

California “Independent Contractor” Ruling Could Be Game-Changer for Trucking Industry

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  Port truck drivers in Long Beach and Los Angeles scored a major victory on Friday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important employee misclassification decision which set a precedent that could reshape the industry.  The victory is another step in the right direction for truckers labeled “independent...
Mar
2014
6

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year
  The 4th annual Women Building California and the Nation Conference will be held April 25-27 in Sacramento.  The conference is expected to bring together over 600 women representing a wide array of building trades related fields and functions.  The conference enables women a chance to network and build new skills. Highlights of the...
Feb
2014
28

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF
  In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several...
Feb
2014
20

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour
  The presence of a Guinness World Record adjudicator made it official: the foundation of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand broke the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour.  By pouring 21,200 cubic yards of concrete, the project surpassed the previous record holder, the Venetian in Las Vegas, which poured 21,000 cubic yards in...
Feb
2014
20

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring

L.A. Light Rail Project Labor Agreement Exceeds Goals for Local, Disadvantaged Hiring
  The 8.5 mile light rail line that will connect Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is governed by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that mandates local residents get a chance to work on the project.  The PLA was approved in 2011 and construction was approved in 2012. Now, with ground [&hellip...