Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Apr
2013
30

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation
A political cartoon from the Sacramento Bee that suggests Texas Governor Rick Perry’s agenda of deregulation is partially to blame for the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX is drawing reaction from the Governor himself. In a letter to the Bee, Perry writes: “It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your ...
Apr
2013
30

California ABC Contractor Rung Up for $225,000 in Wage-Dodging Backpay, Penalties

California ABC Contractor Rung Up for $225,000 in Wage-Dodging Backpay, Penalties
The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) spends large sums of time and money defaming unions and pursuing a pro-business agenda. Their propaganda attempts to persuade the public that union work results in higher costs to taxpayers and excludes qualified contractors and workers from public works projects. Frequently, however, when a...
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Apr
2013
26

Pair of Assembly Bills to Protect the Prevailing Wage Move Through California Committee

In California, two bills that would protect and expand the state’s prevailing wage law have been approved by their House committees. Both bills were sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council and moved through along party lines with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed. The two bills are: Assembly Bill 302,...
Apr
2013
25

Apprenticeship Requirements Protected in California Case Carrying $200,000 in Back Wages and Fines

Fontana, California-based Icon Metal Works, Inc. has been ordered to pay over $200,000 by California Labor Commissioner Julie Su for prevailing wage and apprenticeship violations that occurred on a public works project at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The total includes $129,562 in back wages, $47,575 in prevailing wage fines...
Apr
2013
16

CEO Supplies Resounding Endorsement of California’s SB7, the Pro-Prevailing Wage Bill

CEO Supplies Resounding Endorsement of California's SB7, the Pro-Prevailing Wage Bill
In California, Senate Bill 7 looks to end the practice of charter cities skirting prevailing wage requirements by making funds for public works projects available only if a city has a policy of requiring contractors to comply with the state’s prevailing wage law. The common wisdom might indicate that labor would support the measure and ...
Apr
2013
1

Seven Contractors Smacked with $300,000 in Fines Stemming from Prevailing Wage Violations

In California, seven contractors have been fined a total of $313,705 for failing to pay the prevailing wage on work done to expand a highway near the new Wal-Mart in Kerman. Valley Vanguard Properties Inc. is the general contractor on the project where subcontractors include Barracuda Construction Inc., Fresno Prestige Electric Corp. and Safety...
Mar
2013
20

America’s Cup Contractors Owe $460,000 in Prevailing Wage Back Pay

America's Cup Contractors Owe $460,000 in Prevailing Wage Back Pay
Poor planning of this year’s America’s Cup has left more than a dozen workers shy $460,000 in back wages. Contractors working for the race’s organizers have failed to comply with prevailing wage mandates put in place at the last minute by the city. Prevailing wage are commonplace in public construction projects but not mandatory...
Mar
2013
19

SF Symphony Strike Results in Cancelled Performances Up the Eastern Seaboard

SF Symphony Strike Results in Cancelled Performances Up the Eastern Seaboard
With no new contract in sight, the San Francisco Symphony has upped the ante in their strike efforts and cancelled a highly publicized East Coast tour. The week-long strike has undone a string of performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Representatives...
Mar
2013
8

Millions from Corporate Interests, Including $1M from NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Were Not Enough to Buy the L.A. School Board Superintendent Chair

School board elections in Los Angeles brought some big money from corporate donors looking to unseat Steve Zimmer, an Independent and former teacher/community leader with a reputation for working with others. In the end, though, Zimmer and organized labor’s on-the-ground efforts won the day. Unlike other major cities such as New York and...
Feb
2013
28

California’s Pro-Prevailing Wage Bill, SB7, Enjoying Broad Support

In California, a bipartisan bill is being introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) that looks to strengthen the state’s prevailing wage laws. Senate Bill 7 would disallow charter cities from receiving state funds or assistance unless they have a prevailing wage law on...
Feb
2013
14

ACRONYM ALERT: WHD Enters Into Misclassification MOU With CA DOL

ACRONYM ALERT: WHD Enters Into Misclassification MOU With CA DOL
One of the strongest states in terms of battling employee misclassification, California, is going even further to battle this growing problem. On February 9th, California’s Secretary of Labor, Marty Morgenstern, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Labor that will allow the state to partner with the...
Feb
2013
11

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed
In a speech to the Department of Labor, former President Bill Clinton pushed for paid sick days to be part of an expanded version of his Family and Medical Leave Act. Joined by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Clinton suggested that the act he signed into law nearly two decades ...