Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Dec
2014
16

Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ

Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ
  Three members of the Datre family plead not guilty to charges of grand larceny for overbilling the Town of Islip by nearly $150,000 for work done after Superstorm Sandy.  The Long Island family, which runs Daytree of Cortland Square Inc., is also currently at the center of a scandal wherein Islip park officials allowed [&hellip...
Dec
2014
12

El Paso Withholds Funds from Wage-Dodging Contractor, but Hasn’t Yet Passed Wage Theft Ordinance

  The El Paso City Council voted to withhold payment from contractor Urban Associates after allegations were made that it used a subcontractor who failed to pay the prevailing wage on a $27.4 million project.  An investigation was launched after employees of subcontractor Beltran Electrical Contractors filed complaints in March.  City staff...
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Dec
2014
12

From Car Washes to Chinese Buffets, the Wage Theft Drum Beat Goes On

From Car Washes to Chinese Buffets, the Wage Theft Drum Beat Goes On
  Although wage theft has been rampant for as long as employment has existed, it is finally in the cross hairs of the public consciousness. Protests by low-wage workers are shining a light on the unfair business practice, which is found in nearly every industry and takes many different forms.  An oft cited 2009 Economic [&hellip...
Dec
2014
11

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities’ Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities' Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages
  While many experts predicted the Michigan GOP would use this month’s lame duck session to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws, another anti-worker piece of legislation emerged somewhat unexpectedly.  House Bill 5977, currently under consideration, would ban municipalities from creating ordinances that require developers to...
Dec
2014
8

$380,000 in Back Wages Owed to Misclassified Syracuse Workers, but Many Can’t Be Located

$380,000 in Back Wages Owed to Misclassified Syracuse Workers, but Many Can't Be Located
  Syracuse area contractor General Interior Systems Inc. has been ordered to pay $380,000 to 300 drywall installer who were misclassified as independent contractors.  The case began in 2008 when the Department of Labor looked into allegations that the company had misclassified the workers to avoid paying overtime and benefits.  Last year,...
Dec
2014
5

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations
  Donald F. Ihlefeld, the owner of the Alhambra Building Company of Warwick, Rhode Island, was sentenced for a series of charges stemming from his failure to pay the prevailing wage. Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Providence put Ihlefeld on two years probation and will have him perform 200 [&hellip...
Dec
2014
5

Sweeping New Report Uncovers the Severity of Wage Theft at NYC Area Airports

Sweeping New Report Uncovers the Severity of Wage Theft at NYC Area Airports
  A new report, “Grounded Before Takeoff,” details the rampant wage theft occurring at New York area airports.  In total, there are more than 12,000 subcontracted workers at the John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports.  These workers are hired by private contractors who often violate health, safety, and labor laws while...
Dec
2014
3

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid
  New Beginnings CEO Tom Atchison says he offers addicts and the homeless who depend on his organization “work therapy.”  Others argue he is running a well-oiled machine of exploitative, unpaid labor around the Tampa Bay area.  His practices may be illegal, yet at every Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game his army of unpaid homeless [&hellip...
Dec
2014
3

In Survey, MI’s Biz Community Speaks: Yes to Infrastructure, No to Wage-Slashing

  A survey of 300 business owners and executives taken by Crain’s Detroit Business in mid-November shows that the top priorities of business players are not lower taxes but infrastructure spending, education, and job training.  The Michigan GOP made major gains at the state and federal level during the 2014 elections, but the pro-business...
Dec
2014
2

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to...
Nov
2014
25

NC’s Labor Commish Has Filed Just FOUR Wage Theft Lawsuits in FIVE Years

NC's Labor Commish Has Filed Just FOUR Wage Theft Lawsuits in FIVE Years
  The Charlotte News and Observer took a look at the North Carolina Department of Labor’s handling of wage theft claims and discovered troublesome inaction. The state’s workers, it appears, have little hope of retribution when unscrupulous employers exploit them.  Under the leadership of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, a Republican, the...
Nov
2014
25

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out
  Two Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would have retail employees earn three times their normal rate of pay if they choose to work on Thanksgiving. House Bill 360 would allow workers to refuse to work on Thanksgiving without fear of adverse affects on their wages, hours, or employment status.  Under the proposal, [&hellip...