Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
29

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK
  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled  “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.” details rampant wage theft in Pennsylvania and decsribes how it affects workers, businesses, and the public.  The report estimates that employers steal $19 million to $32 million from...
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Jul
2015
28

Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down

Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down
  New Jersey business groups such as the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association are fighting a series of local wage theft ordinances that tie commercial licenses to the payment of back wages.  In July, both Newark and Jersey City passed wage theft ordinances allowing them...
Jul
2015
24

IUPAT Efforts Uncover Labor Abuses, Safety Gaps in Colorado Painting Industry

  As part of its Constructing Justice campaign, the Denver chapter of the International Painters Union and Allied Trades (IUPAT) had conversations with more than 600 union and nonunion painters over the past year to better understand the labor abuses they face.  The results show a widespread epidemic of wage theft, misclassification, and a...
Jul
2015
20

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio’s Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio's Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History
  The latest lobbying disclosure from the group Putting New Yorkers to Work shows that part of the $1.9 million used in their campaign to push for an extension of the 421-a tax abatement program came from developers who were involved in the federal corruption charges surrounding former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate...
Jul
2015
16

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department’s Watch

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department's Watch
  A group of aux pairs have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver claiming they came to America based on promises that were eventually broken and have been underpaid.  The lawsuit accuses the 15 au pair sponsor programs registered with the U.S. Government of conspiring to set wages below the minimum [&hellip...
Jul
2015
16

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts
  In a speech on Monday at the New School in Manhattan, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the on-demand economy, arguing that despite great innovation, many companies reliant on this new type of labor are repressing middle-class wage growth.  The speech was viewed as a direct shot at Uber, which has faced a series of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
16

Non-Union Construction Firm Agrees to $80K Settlement in NY Wage Abuse Case

  A construction company has been ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in back wages to 21 laborers whom it failed to properly compensate for work on private construction projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Developers Sulajman Koci and Witold Matejkowski, owners of the non-union Stonehenge Restoration, skipped payments for weeks at a time.  Under...
Jul
2015
15

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker ‘Shell’ Companies in Philly

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker 'Shell' Companies in Philly
  Following an investigation by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour division, Philadelphia-based direct mail and printing company ICS Corp. has agreed to a $1.45 million settlement for failing to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act.  ICS Corp., New Century Integrity Corp. and its owner Hokkito Teddy were all joint employers according to...
Jul
2015
14

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since ’78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since '78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%
  A shocking new number from the Economic Policy Institute helps explain the stifling income inequality in the United States.  Between 1978 and 2014, inflation-adjusted CEO pay has risen from $1.5 million to $16.3 million, an unfathomable of 997 percent.  Over that same time period, the average private-sector production and non-supervisory...
Jul
2015
14

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.’s Wage Theft Explosion

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.'s Wage Theft Explosion
  In California, car rental giant Hertz is facing a wage theft lawsuit wherein employees claim the company failed to pay overtime while making them skip lunch and rest breaks, and asked them to work off the clock. Among the accusers is Chalissa Johnson, a single mother to special needs child, whose lawyers filed the [&hellip...
Jul
2015
10

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget
  In a late-night vote this week, the Wisconsin state assembly sent a two-year, $72.7 billion budget to Gov. Scott Walker which partially repeals the prevailing wage but fails to fully repeal it as hardline conservatives desired.  Walker is expected to sign it swiftly so that he can announce his presidential candidacy on Monday with [&hellip...