Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...
May
2015
27

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative
  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks, Michigan’s conservative right-wing is shifting its efforts to putting the issue on a voting ballot.  If successful, the move would effectively circumvent Gov. Rick Snyder, a vocal opponent of repeal.   The ballot initiative is being organized by the...
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May
2015
21

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
May
2015
21

DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties

DOL Hits Puerto Rican Government Contractor With $650K in Misclassification, Overtime Penalties
  A Puerto Rican firm that supplies security guards to businesses and government agencies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when they failed to pay their workers overtime and misclassified them as independent contractors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  A U.S. District Court slapped Alpha Guards Management Inc....
May
2015
18

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors
  Late last week the Michigan State Senate passed the bills that make up the Republican party’s attempt to repeal the prevailing wage law.  The package of bills will now move to the House where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to advance the legislation. Repeal is ostensibly opposed by Republican Gov. Rick [&hellip...
May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata...
May
2015
13

Despite Gov’s Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings

Despite Gov's Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings
  In Michigan, the Senate Competitiveness Committee will hear Senate Bills 1,2, and 3 today, which together would repeal the prevailing wage in the state.  The long-rumored move had been pushed to the backburner after what many believed was an agreement between the two parties to hold off on repeal in exchange for Democratic support [&hellip...
May
2015
13

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)
  Prevailing wage has become thee hot-button labor topic in the private sector this year, with Republicans in multiple states attempting to repeal the important worker protection. But in recently famous anti-union Wisconsin, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform has voted against recommending a bill which would have repealed the...
May
2015
13

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances
  A bill has advanced in the California Assembly that would extend labor protections to NFL cheerleaders and entitle them to minimum wages.  AB 202 would also require teams to pay their cheerleaders overtime and give them the same benefits afforded other team employees, such as paid sick leave.  After passing the Committee on Arts, [&hellip...
May
2015
11

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing
  An alliance of labor unions and contractors calling themselves Up4NYC have begun a major push to overhaul the 421-a tax abatement program so that it can provide more affordable housing and guarantee higher wages for construction workers.  The launch of the lobbying campaign comes as the state legislature begins debate over tax abatement...
Apr
2015
29

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards
A bill proposed by Maine State Sen. Chris Johnson would ensure that companies receiving tax breaks create decent paying jobs and are held accountable for their actions.  Maine LD 1287 was written following the Great Northern Paper Mill debacle, wherein the company received $16 million in tax credits and then closed its doors without repercussion....
Apr
2015
28

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don’t: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don't: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered
After a five-year investigation of the illegal business practices of 16 defendants in Utah and Arizona, more than 1,000 construction workers will receive over $600,000 in back pay.  In their announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor said that consent judgements from the defendants, operating collectively as CSG Workforce Partners, Universal...