Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Oct
2013
29

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them
  In 2010, after spending a year wooing high-tech Chinese motor company BYD to California using $2 million in tax subsidies, then-L.A. mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa claimed the company’s new operation would create “hundreds of green-collar jobs.”  Fast forward to 2013 and the New York Times reports that the business has created...
Oct
2013
21

CA School Construction, Retrofit Boom Set to Begin Following Allocation of $650M

CA School Construction, Retrofit Boom Set to Begin Following Allocation of $650M
  In California, two separate state agencies have made more than $650 million available for school construction projects and energy efficiency retrofits. This will create thousands of new jobs for members of the building trades.   Using funds made available by the passage of Proposition 39, the California Department of Education (CDE)...
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Oct
2013
16

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54
  On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 7, which allows the state government to withhold funds from charter cities who choose not to pay prevailing wages on public works projects.  The bill also allows funds to be witheld from cities which have allowed a public works project to move forward [&hellip...
Oct
2013
14

$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper

  The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has announced that Sacramento based Green Valley Landscaping must pay $664,000 in back wages and fines to 43 workers.  The investigation, launched in May of 2012, discovered that Green Valley had 43 workers despite claiming only 10 on its payroll records. The other 33 were being...
Oct
2013
14

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle
  The $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has cleared its final hurdle, gaining approval from the California Coastal Commission.  The expansion will provide an additional 740,000 square feet of convention space and be used to lure larger gatherings that had been skipping San Diego because of convention center...
Oct
2013
11

Watsonville, CA Becomes First Monterey Bay City to Go the PLA Way

  On Tuesday, the Watsonville City Council approved an ordinance mandating that a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) be used on any public works project with a price tag of $600,000 or higher, making it the first city in the Monterey Bay to do so.  Steve Palmisano, director of public works and utilities, told the Register-Pajaronian [&hellip...
Oct
2013
2

CA Building Trades Pres. Defends Apprenticeship Bill Against Steelworkers District Director Claims

CA Building Trades Pres. Defends Apprenticeship Bill Against Steelworkers District Director Claims
  Guest commentary in the Contra Costa Times by Building and Construction Trades Council of California President Robbie Hunter seeks to clarify the purpose of Senate Bill 54, written by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley.  The op-ed comes in response to a piece written by United Steelworkers District 12 Director Robert LaVenture which Hunter...
Sep
2013
16

Spurred by Worker-Supportive SB7, San Diego Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Spurred by Worker-Supportive SB7, San Diego Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance
  The San Diego City Council last week passed a prevailing wage ordinance that made San Diego the latest of over 40 charter cities to do so as the state’s new SB7 will require.  The ordinance, which passed by a 5-4 margin, will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The vote was a required [&hellip...
Sep
2013
5

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement
  $8 million in back wages will be delivered to workers who performed work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel according to California labor commissioner Julie Su.   The 2,051 workers were employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Company and 172 subcontractors between 2006 and 2008.  The Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement found...
Aug
2013
30

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776
  In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 776 into law which protects the wages and fringe benefits of workers throughout the state.  The bill closes loopholes in prevailing wage laws by clarifying the standard of what constitutes a “fringe benefit.”  The goal is to end the practice of anti-union contractors deducting...
Aug
2013
26

New Labor Sec. Perez Backs Teamsters, Transit Workers in Pension Battle With CA Gov. Brown

New Labor Sec. Perez Backs Teamsters, Transit Workers in Pension Battle With CA Gov. Brown
  In California, a situation which pits Gov. Jerry Brown against the Department of Labor is developing with $1.5 billion in funding for federal transit projects on the line.  The battle stems from the passage of California’s 2012 public pension reform law, which raises pension contributions for existing state, local and transit district...
Aug
2013
22

CEO Comes Out Swinging in Favor of SB7, Prevailing Wages, and the Race to the Top

CEO Comes Out Swinging in Favor of SB7, Prevailing Wages, and the Race to the Top
  In a recent op-ed for the Modesto Bee, Mark Breslin, CEO of San Francisco-based United Contractors, explains why he favors California’s SB 7, a bill which would make charter cities eligible for public funds only if they follow prevailing wage guidelines.   In recent years, anti-union groups have supported ballot initiatives throughout...