Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Sep
2014
17

STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits

STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits
  A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) illustrates the need for the government to take direct action against rampant wage theft which is costing American workers billions of dollars. Focusing on wage theft in major cities, EPI makes the case for a crackdown:   A three-city study of workers in low-wage industries [&hellip...
Sep
2014
17

“The Prevailing Wage Law protects those workers who don’t have a contract regardless of race, gender or place of origin.”

  In response to New Bedford resident Lee Nason’s misguided tirade in an anti-prevailing wage op-ed, Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan wrote a letter of his own for South Coast Today. In the rebuttal, Callahan seeks to clarify some facts regarding important construction wage protections.  ...
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Sep
2014
15

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey
  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American newsstands of late, and most are using a study from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as their basis. But the study comes with a whopper of a disclaimer, one which has been conveniently ignored by the media sources [&hellip...
Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...
Sep
2014
10

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate
  The Nevada Legislature is preparing for a special session to ratify an agreement between Tesla Motor Company and Gov. Brian Sandoval — an agreement which will bring a Tesla gigafactory to Northern Nevada in exchange for tax incentives — and the state’s Democrats are hoping to ensure that the deal will benefit the state’s...
Sep
2014
10

WA Iron Workers File NLRB Grievances Claiming Discrimination, Wage-Dodging by Out-of-Staters

  Washington state iron worker unions have banded together to file grievances with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against two out-of-town contractors on what has been billed “the largest public refrigerated warehouse in North America.”  According to their grievances, Indianapolis-based Victory Unlimited Construction...
Sep
2014
8

Quarter Million Dollar Prevailing Wage Payout Coming to Mistreated NY Construction Workers

  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 [&hellip...
Sep
2014
4

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified

From the Shadows: 1 in 6 California Construction Workers are Undocumented or Misclassified
  A new report from the Economic Roundtable, “Sinking  Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction,” shows that one in six construction workers in California are either misclassified or working completely off the books.  For a state whose construction industry is worth $152 billion and employs 895,000 workers,...
Sep
2014
4

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains
  Over the past year, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division recovered $6.5 million in back pay for workers.  While the organization has stepped up its efforts since the recession, the amount collected represents only a percentage of the wage theft that occurs in the Constitution State, according to the...
Sep
2014
2

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
  Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.   Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common [&hellip...
Sep
2014
2

Argument for Charter City Status in California Falling Apart at the Seams

  In an op-ed rallying citizens of Escondido, California against Proposition G, Don Greene of the Escondido Democratic Club refutes claims by charter city advocates that privatization saves taxpayers money.  The issue is up for public vote this November. Prop G supporters want to eliminate the prevailing wage. But this type of action...
Aug
2014
29

SB7 Beats 6 BSers: Charter City Wage Suppressors Admonished by California Court

  On Wednesday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a ruling upholding SB7, a law that cuts funding from charter cities when they refuse to pay prevailing wages on public projects.  The law took effect in January but has been held up in the court system by six charter cities hoping to [&hellip...