Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Apr
2014
16

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes
  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.   We’ll pause while you barf. The bill also prohibits the establishment of sick-day or vacation requirements that differ from state law.  Fallin’s detractors note that the bill seems to be a direct response to an ...
Apr
2014
9

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart
  Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that makes it illegal for federal contractors to retaliate against workers who openly discuss their pay.  The timing of the action coincides with National Equal Pay Day.   In bypassing Congress the Obama Administration hopes to test the policy on employees of federal contractors in...
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Apr
2014
4

McDonald’s Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation

McDonald's Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation
  Gawker reports that a coalition of McDonald’s workers are suing the company for wage theft in New York, California, and Michigan.  The workers, affiliated with the Fast Food Forward movement, claim the company forced them to work off-the-clock, shaved hours from their time cards, and failed to properly pay them overtime. According to a ...
Apr
2014
4

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill
  The Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard two bills this week that endorse wildly different strategies for how the state can promote apprenticeship programs.  The committee heard arguments for and against HB 7623 and HB 7697, the former of which aims to ensure that the state has a ready supply of skilled construction workers ...
Apr
2014
4

Prevailing Wage Round-Up: Maryland, Delaware, Memphis Take Strides to Protect Workers

  In statehouses and city council chambers across the country, wage increases are on the brain. And it isn’t only the minimum wage, sparked by President Obama’s sudden interest in a federal boost and a well-coordinated nationwide fast food workers campaign, that is on the docket. The expansion of the prevailing wage, which...
Apr
2014
2

CA Bill Would Be First to Hold Temp Agencies, Subcontracts Responsible for Wage and Safety Violations

  In California, a bill proposed on Friday would make the state the first to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by subcontractors and temp agencies.  The move would help workers who often find that misdeeds by companies can be skirted using a chain of command argument. In a statement, Caitlin ...
Apr
2014
2

Over 100 Employees Win Back Wages, Overtime in Phoenix Misclassification Settlement

  A Phoenix deli chain has been ordered to pay more than $66,000 in back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor found improper classification of employees as independent contractors. A bevy of other labor law violations by the chain, City Market Deli, were also uncovered.   The settlement with the DOL’s Wage ...
Mar
2014
31

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage
  Elaborating on his principle that “no American that works full time should have to raise a family in poverty,” President Obama published an op-ed on Sunday reiterating his call for a raise in the minimum wage.  With the Senate ready to vote on a federal minimum wage hike, the president used his op-ed to ...
Mar
2014
28

Nearly 1000 Protest “Right-to-Work,” Paycheck Deception, Wage-Slashing at Missouri Capitol

Nearly 1000 Protest
  Close to a thousand union members joined at the Missouri state capitol this week to protest “Right-to-Work” legislation currently being considered by the legislature.  House Speaker Tim Jones has made anti-union legislation a top priority with three harmful bills being considered.   Speaking to the gathered crowd, Governor Jay Nixon...
Mar
2014
28

VT Republicans Using Procedural Gamesmanship to Delay Wage Protections for Construction Workers

  In Vermont, a bill that would align state prevailing wage rates with federal standards laid out in the Davis-Bacon Act was subject to a last minute procedural maneuver that will send it to the House Appropriations Committee, delaying its progress.  The bill, H.878, has the backing of the Democratic caucus as well as the ...
Mar
2014
21

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way
  The City of New York has agreed to pay $98 million in back pay to entry-level minority firefighters who claimed in court that institutional biases were used to keep them off the job.  The case, United States of America and Vulcan Society Inc. vs. City of New York, signals a sharp shift from Mayor ...
Mar
2014
20

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers “Trying to Raise Children on Their Own.”

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers
  Ben Casselman of the newly independent FiveThirtyEight.com has decided to crunch the numbers surrounding who exactly will benefit from a raise in the minimum wage.  Republicans are fond of claiming those who earn the nation’s lowest wages are teenagers and people seeking supplemental income.  Democrats contend that the minimum wage...