Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
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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...
Aug
2013
14

Building Trades-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Worker Earnings Deductions Against Unscrupulous Contractors Heads to Gov.’s Desk

  The California Building Trades (SBCTC) have been hard at work to enact legislation which would prevent “deceptive and unfair” use of worker earnings deductions by anti-union contractors. According to a news release from the group that hit the net on Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown is now in a position to sign the bill into...
Aug
2013
8

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says
  A new water plan for California from Gov. Jerry Brown would spur $83.5 billion in new economic activity and create 177,000 construction and Delta restoration-related jobs in the next 50 years according to the governor’s office.  The plan would help modernize California’s water systems by building two massive, 35-mile long tunnels...
Aug
2013
7

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel
  This brief announcement comes via SBCTC.org… *** Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he has appointed SBCTC President Emeritus Bob Balgenorth to a three-member panel charged with investigating and reporting on the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions. The Governor stated that he created the panel in hopes...
Aug
2013
2

WAGE WIN: San Diego Ordinance Will Mandate Prevailing Wages on Nearly All Public Works Projects

  In a 5-4 vote, the San Diego City council passed an ordinance that will require contractors to pay prevailing wages on public works and maintenance projects that cost over $25,000.  The previous threshold to mandate prevailing wages was $10 million.   If the ordinance passes a second reading it will take effect on January [&hellip...
Jul
2013
18

Bay Bridge Authorities Consider Rushed, Risky Solution to Chinese Steel and Bolt Failures

Bay Bridge Authorities Consider Rushed, Risky Solution to Chinese Steel and Bolt Failures
  CALTRANS, the authority which oversees the iconic San Francisco Bay Bridge, is asking the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to consider an alternative plan that will allow the bridge to open as scheduled despite repairs being incomplete. The new plan was sought after renovated portions of the bridge experienced dangerous bolt failures....
Jul
2013
3

Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking

Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking
  In Palo Alto, CA the construction of the Mitchell Park Library has become a crash course in you-what-you-pay-for-enomics.   After opting for the low bidder on what will be the city’s largest public works project, things began to unravel for the city which has discovered how expensive shoddy, fly by night work really is. [&hellip...
Jul
2013
2

Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

  Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by...