Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Jan
2014
15

California Utility’s Training Program Delivering Impressive Hiring Rate, High Entry Level Pay

California Utility's Training Program Delivering Impressive Hiring Rate, High Entry Level Pay
  For California utility company PG&E, the “Silver Tsunami” is quite real.  With many of the company’s workers nearing retirement, PG&E has turned to a tried-and-true solution to avoiding a worker shortage snag: in-house training programs.   The problem is not specific to PG&E. A recent study from the Aspen...
Jan
2014
8

ATU Local 1555 Members Accept BART Contract, Clashes Nearly in the Rearview

ATU Local 1555 Members Accept BART Contract, Clashes Nearly in the Rearview
  After months of tense negotiations and labor actions, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 has voted to accept a revised contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).  The other union involved, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on January 13th.  Both unions originally agreed to the contracts on November 1st, 2013, only to [&hellip...
Dec
2013
17

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College

$400M PLA a Go for SoCal Community College
  In California, the Southwestern Community College governing board has approved a Community Benefits Agreement (commonly referred to as a Project Labor Agreement) for its Proposition R projects.  The ballot initiative encouraging the project was passed in 2008 with 71 percent of voters approving the $389 million loan to the college.  Now,...
Dec
2013
16

Walmart Contractor Pays $4.7M Overtime Wage Settlement, Avoids Admitting Wrongdoing

Walmart Contractor Pays $4.7M Overtime Wage Settlement, Avoids Admitting Wrongdoing
  Schneider Logistics, a contractor which runs a Walmart distribution center in Mira Loma, California, agreed to pay $4.7 million to as many as 568 workers as part of a settlement stemming from a case in the federal court system.  A judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement last week.   Schneider Logistics was accused [&hellip...
Dec
2013
13

After Four Years, Schwarzenegger’s Anti-Union Apprenticeship Council Appointees’ Terms Finally Up

  Gov. Jerry Brown has announced eight appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC).  The seventeen member board is made up of 14 gubernatorial appointees.  Of these 14 members, six represent management, six represent labor, and two represent the public. The CAC ensures decides on the approval and expansion of apprenticeship...
Dec
2013
5

California County Votes in Favor of Project Labor Agreements for Large-Scale Construction

  By a 5-2 margin, the Solano Community College Board of Trustees decided to move forward with Project Labor Agreements for Measure Q-funded bonds.  The PLAs will be required for all projects over $4.5 million but will not include maintenance and operational projects.  The PLAs will also include “local hire” provisions which encourage a...
Dec
2013
3

Inmates Being Paid $1/Hour to Fight Wildfires Under Guise of “Conservation Camp”

  On her blog, Rania Khalek details how prisoners are being used to fight fires throughout the West while being paid $1 or less per hour.  Climate change has created increased demand for life-threatening work to contain wildfires and a sad loophole in the constitution allows this forced servitude: Inmates in California and Nevada are...
Dec
2013
3

Probe Reveals Corrupt Dems Teaming Up With Michelle Rhee, School Privatizers in CA

Probe Reveals Corrupt Dems Teaming Up With Michelle Rhee, School Privatizers in CA
  A California probe of State Sen. Ron Calderon is providing insight into a political system rife with education corruption and cronyism where political favors are being exchanged at the expense of students.  Reports suggest pro-corporate education interests have made headway in the Democratic party through corrupt Senators like Calderon and...