Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Nov
2013
22

San Marcos, CA Underpaid Workers, Dodged Prevailing Wage, Says Dept of Industrial Relations

  The California Department of Industrial Relations has determined that work done on a $497,000 public works project should have been governed by prevailing wage laws, meaning workers were underpaid.  Originally, city officials believed they did not have to pay prevailing wages because San Marcos, where the project was completed, is...
Nov
2013
18

Port of L.A. Truckers, With Teamsters Backing, Launch Surprise One-Day Strike

Port of L.A. Truckers, With Teamsters Backing, Launch Surprise One-Day Strike
  Today, hundreds of Port of Los Angeles truckers will participate in a one-day strike against three companies — Green Fleet Systems, American Logistics International, and Pac 9 – for what they view as retaliation against workers who are organizing and exposing wrongdoing.  The truckers are being backed by the Teamsters union....
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)...
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...