Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Feb
2015
27

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed: “Higher Pay Hurts Americans”

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed:
  The Guardian has published details of a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. between conservatives and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in which the anti-worker lobby discussed its two-pronged attack of litigation and legislation to help prevent a higher minimum wage.  ALEC members argued that their “new battleground”...
Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
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Feb
2015
26

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
Feb
2015
26

Worker Win: California Court Rules Employers Can Sue Competitors for Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  While the prevailing wage faces a broad-based attack by GOP majorities in Wisconsin, Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and New Mexico, a 2-1 decision in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal is doing just the opposite: strengthening the important worker protection. That court ruled recently that...
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the...
Feb
2015
24

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform
  A West Virginia house committee heard testimony from nearly 30 people — including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin — about a controversial compromise bill that would dramatically alter the state’s prevailing wage system.  The bill started in the Senate as an outright repeal of the prevailing wage before the Republican hand was...
Feb
2015
23

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town
  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined officials from the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council to announce that labor unions have committed to a 24-hour/day, 5 days/week work schedule without overtime to build a new football stadium. This effort could keep the NFL’s Rams in the city.  Officials estimate that the agreement will...
Feb
2015
20

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In the Wisconsin state legislature a host of Republicans have introduced a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage requirements for private contractors on public works projects.  The bill would leave intact language in the state’s law which bars local governments from setting their own prevailing wage.  The bill is also being...
Feb
2015
19

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP’s Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP's Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment
  In the state of Washington, a deal brokered by Republican Sen. Curtis King would raise the gas tax by eleven cents over three years while increasing fees and bond sales to raise $15 billion for the state’s transportation system.  But not everyone is convinced that the deal will actually work, as it may not [&hellip...
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February...
Feb
2015
13

WV Compromises on Prevailing Wage Repeal While KY Shoots It (and Right-to-Work!) Down

  The prevailing wage is under attack in more than a handful of states nationwide, two of which brought their discussions to a near-term close yesterday. In Kentucky, prevailing wage repeal was shot down, as was “Right-to-Work” legislation: The panel overwhelmingly voted down Senate Bill 1, the so-called right-to-work bill...
Feb
2015
12

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia's Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate
  The bill to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was removed from the calendar this week, allowing more time for both sides to negotiate.   The bill had been hotly contested before passing on a party line vote through the Senate Committee on Government Organization last week.  Senate Democrats then moved to have the bill [&hellip...