Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip...
Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
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Apr
2016
22

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse
  A judge has ordered the owners of the La Hacienda restaurant chain to pay a whopping $1,179,045 in back wages and penalties to 119 employees that the company systematically cheated out of wages between 2011 and 2014.  In his ruling, Judge C. Weston Houck also forced the company to formally acknowledge that they will [&hellip...
Apr
2016
22

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day
  A “Construction Partnership Program” has been launched in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure high safety standards during construction of the new Omni Hotel.  The agreement is a partnership between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO, and the project’s prime contractor,...
Apr
2016
21

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers’ Help

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers' Help
  In California, five defendants have been charged with multiple crimes stemming from their plan to commit insurance fraud and avoid paying prevailing wages on public works projects.  Together, the group defrauded the state of $635,000. For their role in the plan the SoCal criminals have been charged with 32 counts of taking and receiving...
Apr
2016
20

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight
  Speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) legislative conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to stand with union labor and reject legislation that is unfair to workers.  His speech, ahead of one given by the NABTU’s endorsed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, signalled his position on the...
Apr
2016
13

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon
  Nearly 40,000 unionized Verizon workers went on strike this morning, from Virginia to Massachusetts, having not reached a fair contract by the 6AM deadline.  Negotiations began in June of 2015. The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), worked...
Apr
2016
8

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory
  The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v Michelle Braun, a class action lawsuit which the retail giant was ordered to pay $187.6 million in backpay for rest breaks and off-the-clock work that the company’s policy mandated.  The court decision is a victory for workers, but [&hellip...
Apr
2016
6

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases
  A group of documents uncovered by The Center for Media and Democracy show that support for a minimum wage increase among Chamber of Commerce (CoC) members is actually very high despite the group’s staunch opposition to any attempt to raise it.  The data comes from a survey of 1,000 business executives conducted by Luntz [&hellip...
Apr
2016
6

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts
  A new academic paper from a trio of professors in the state of Alabama has concluded that unionization pays big dividends for professors at regional public universities.  In total, full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of $21,000 more — a 25 percent boost — in pay and benefits when they belong...
Apr
2016
1

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022
  In California, lawmakers and labor unions have agreed on a plan to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest state mandate yet. The deal was announced on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown and could be voted on as early as next week. At a press conference announcing the deal, [&hellip...
Mar
2016
29

Wage Theft Settlement in Alabama Puts SPLC on Course to Right (Some) H-2b Visa Wrongs

Wage Theft Settlement in Alabama Puts SPLC on Course to Right (Some) H-2b Visa Wrongs
  A group of migrant workers employed by an Alabama-based seafood company have settled their claims of wage theft, which they endured while in the country on H-2b visas.  The H-2b visa program allows companies to hire foreign workers for jobs in which their are labor shortages.  It has been rife with abuse and become [&hellip...