Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Aug
2016
23

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide
  Austin, Texas is growing rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that there are concerns about the city’s ability to manage the effects unchecked growth. One specific area of worry is the permitting process, where significant delays are taking a financial toll on project owners. That is why the City of Austin is currently considering a...
Aug
2016
18

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap
  British Columbia is facing a skills gap in the construction trades due to market growth and the looming baby-boomer retirement wave. B.C.’s municipalities, universities and colleges, schools, and hospitals (known collectively as the MUSH group) should be hiring more skilled labor apprentices to prepare for the vacancies, but...
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Aug
2016
12

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers
  Walmart does not pay its workers very well, but that’s not a reason to write a blog post at this point, is it? What about if they paid so poorly that it cost the United States twelve times what we spend on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, they do. According to a [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit
  The wage gap between teachers and professionals with the same level of education is at a record high.  According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average weekly wage of a pubic school teacher in 1994 was only 1.8% lower than that of comparable professionals. Last year that figure reached an [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
Aug
2016
10

MA’s Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women’s Wages Down

MA's Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women's Wages Down
  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will sign a pay equity bill into law next week. The bill requires employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work and prevents any employer from asking job-seekers for their salary history. Massachusetts will be the first state in the U.S. to pass a pay equity law. Many [&hellip...
Aug
2016
10

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs: “The workplace is a tradesperson’s classroom.”

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs:
  In Canada, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has staked out a position against Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), calling them “forced unionization” and suggesting they are a financial burden on the public sector. Sudhir Sandhu, the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Building Trades and Allied Hydro Council, couldn’t...
Aug
2016
8

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers
  The Department of Labor has landed a $2.4 million settlement with Massachusetts construction firms Force Corp. and AB Construction Group Inc. The case involved the misclassification of a whopping 478 workers and the denial of overtime pay and other benefits. DOL pursued the companies for compensating their employees with a combination of...
Aug
2016
8

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project
  Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city of Baltimore for $660 million in bonds for a massive development in Port Covington. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has indicated that he wants the developers to reach an agreement with local labor unions before...
Aug
2016
2

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will do whatever it takes to make sure his former cronies in the Chamber of Commerce get what they want. He demonstrated as much late last month when he vetoed several pieces of legislation, most notably Senate Bill 2964, designed to help Illinois workers. The bill stipulated that workers on [&hellip...
Jul
2016
29

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage
  Ohio’s minimum wage for hourly workers is $8.10. That’s 85 cents more than the prevailing federal minimum wage. Why, then, are almost 100,000 Ohioans earning hourly wages equal to or below the federal level? Experts attribute the disparity to a variety of factors, including labor laws that allow employers in some cases to pay...
Jul
2016
28

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance
  California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated a newfound openness to paying construction workers the prevailing wage under his new plan to streamline housing development across the state. Brown was previously resistant to the idea, but in a press conference last week, director of Housing and Community Development Ben Metcalf made it clear...