Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

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...
Jun
2013
25

San Diego Takes Next Step Toward Lowering the Threshold for Prevailing Wages to $25,000

  In San Diego, the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee has passed a measure that would require workers on most city maintenance and public works projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The issue will be taken up July 30th.   Currently, prevailing wages kick in on projects paid for with state or ...
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Jun
2013
20

Eight. Million. More. CA Labor Commissioner Collects Another Big BackPayDay for Spurned Workers

  2,051 workers who helped build San Diego’s Bayfront Hotel will be getting $8,072,273 in back pay. California Labor Commissioner Julie Su and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement have determined they should have been paid prevailing wages.   The determining factor was that the Port of San Diego provided over $46 million in tax ...
Jun
2013
17

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph’s Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph's Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights
  If the good news about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Arizona’s restrictive voter ID law hasn’t satisfied your human rights’ appetite for the day, look no further than California where SCOTUS has denied a review of Ralph’s Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 8. This...
Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a ...
Jun
2013
10

CA Building Trades Sponsor Bill to Prevent “Deceptive and Unfair” Use of Worker Earnings Deduction

  This is a cross-post from the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) website, written by SBCTC president Robbie Hunter… *** Anti-union contractors deduct earnings from workers’ paychecks. They use the money to fund committees that falsely claim to be about labor compliance, but actually exist solely...
Jun
2013
6

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project
  While environmentalists clash with everyone and their mother over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, another pipe project in an even more traditionally pro-environment area, Napa County, California, is enjoying a different experience. The new Napa Pipe, a 154-acre mixed use project which received unanimous support from county...
Jun
2013
5

CA Lawmakers Look to Close “The Walmart Loophole,” Ensure Big Co.’s Provide Health Care Under ACA

  California lawmakers are looking to close a possible loophole which would allow large employers like Wal-Mart to skirt the responsibility of providing health care in the lead up to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.   As the state prepares to take on extra fiscal weight through its Medi-Cal program, legislators are looking ...
Jun
2013
3

IBEW Local 595 Training Center Is First CA Commercial Retrofit to Achieve “Zero Net Energy”

IBEW Local 595 Training Center Is First CA Commercial Retrofit to Achieve
  California Gov. Jerry Brown attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595′s new training center last week, celebrating the first California commercial retrofit to be recognized by the Department of Energy for achieving “zero net energy.” The term “zero net...
May
2013
31

CA Could Be First State to Implement Automatic Private Sector IRAs, Firm Up Retirement

  In California, legislation to create a state-run retirement plan is being proposed by State Sen. Kevin de Leon whose aim is to help those likely to face economic hardship upon retirement by. A recent wave of publicity is bringing the important issue of private sector retirement to the forefront and could result in a ...
May
2013
17

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers
The potential sale of the Los Angeles Times (LAT) to the Koch Brothers’ empire has sparked outrage from a wide array of onlookers with the newspaper’s employees apparently leading the charge. Both right-leaning Hot Air and the Washington Post write that at a recent in-house awards ceremony, LAT columnist Steve Lopez asked his fellow...
May
2013
17

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles’ 911 Emergency System

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles' 911 Emergency System
When something goes terribly wrong in Los Angeles, citizens call 911. But who does 911 call when they have an emergency of their own? Union workers, that’s who. A new video highlights this fact with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 45 members describing their work to keep 911 running at maximum efficiency...