Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...
Aug
2014
22

$8,000,000 in Back Pay Coming to Exploited Prison Workers in Central California

  Corrections Corp., the nation’s largest private prison company, has been ordered to pay more than $8 million in back pay to 362 of its current and former employees following a federal investigation. The Labor Department found that the company violated wage and benefit laws and failed to pay the prevailing wage.    Corrections Corp....
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Aug
2014
19

Damning Docs: Alberta Labor Leaders Find New Proof of Gov’t Role in Wage Suppression

  Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) President Gil McGowan claims documents unearthed by an Access to Information request show the Canadian government colluded with businesses to use the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program to repress wages in certain industries. The program, which has made some changes after coming under fire in the past...
Aug
2014
15

Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
Aug
2014
15

Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision
  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe as “systematic wage theft.”  The lawsuit, filed in federal court, details ways in which the company forced its employees to participate in off-the-clock activities.   The plaintiffs, Karolis Kubelskas and Emily Brunner, claim that unreasonably...
Aug
2014
14

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports
  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will require certain federal contractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report concerning employee compensation.  The move is in response to an April directive from President Obama ordering the Department of Labor (DOL) to...
Aug
2014
13

Non-Union Contractor Caught Shaving $50/hour Off Worker Paychecks on City-Funded Project in NY

Non-Union Contractor Caught Shaving $50/hour Off Worker Paychecks on City-Funded Project in NY
  As contractor on the Sugar Hill housing project in Harlem, MountCo construction was supposed to be paying its workers the prevailing wage (nearly $65 an hour).  The reality? Workers on the project were making closer to $15 and being forced to lie about their earnings to inspectors who were there to monitor the company [&hellip...
Aug
2014
12

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement 'Cause It's Not Big Enough
  The Silicon Valley wage theft anti-trust lawsuit known as “Techtopus” will not be allowed to end with a whimper (or that sound the fax machine used to make). The judge overseeing the trial has struck down a $324 million settlement on the grounds that…wait for it…it’s not enough.   U.S. District Judge Lucy Koch [&hellip...
Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse...
Aug
2014
12

“It takes a peculiar form of logic to cut pay steadily and then be shocked that fewer people want to do the job.”

  A newly suggested “skilled worker shortage” in the trucking industry provide an interesting example of the current economic ailments facing the American workforce.  More truckers are needed, owners say, while average pay for truckers is on the decline, a scenario which goes against the basic principles of economics.  As the New York...
Aug
2014
11

The Ghost of Bloombergs Past: Prevailing Wage Challenges Finally Killed Off in NYC

  A judge has ended, once and for all, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal challenge to a city council bill concerning the prevailing wage for building service workers.  Since its passage in 2012, the law has been challenged both by Mayor Bloomberg and a lower court which ruled that state minimum wage laws superseded [&hellip...
Aug
2014
8

U.S. Attorney’s Office Lays the Prevailing Smack Down

U.S. Attorney's Office Lays the Prevailing Smack Down
  The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has sentenced the owner of a construction company for fraud conspiracy in connection with his failure to pay prevailing wages for work on the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston.   U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. sentenced Wael...