Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Sep
2016
29

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later
  What do you do when an out-of-state contractor admits to defrauding workers on a county project? If you’re West Virginia, you hire them again! A Florida contractor who confessed to the aforementioned Braxton County crime just won a million-dollar state contract in Charleston, WV. All this even though the company pled guilty to fraud...
Sep
2016
28

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.
  Back in July, we posted about the $1 million in backpay owed to Senate cafeteria workers by federal contractors. The Department of Labor forced Compass Group to compensate their employees and make up for the “oversight,” but it appears the embattled cafeteria workers still aren’t getting a fair shake. In a recent piece for...
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Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
20

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill
  The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation that would tighten loopholes in the current H-1B work visa program. The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (HR 5801) would require firms who hire H-1B guest workers to pay those workers a minimum annual salary of $100,000. It also requires those companies to advertise for...
Sep
2016
19

CA Gov. Brown Signs SB954 Preventing Lobbyist Misuse of Construction Workers’ Wage Deductions

CA Gov. Brown Signs SB954 Preventing Lobbyist Misuse of Construction Workers' Wage Deductions
  California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill to ensure construction workers’ wages aren’t involuntarily deducted and used for anti-labor purposes by unscrupulous contractors. The legislation, SB 954, was authored by State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades...
Sep
2016
9

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)
  By now we all know that Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an anti-union zealot whose extremist ideas have effectively shut down state government. One of those “ideas” is to repeal the prevailing wage, which he and his pro-business buds insist inflates construction worker wages despite repeated studies proving the...
Sep
2016
9

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker’s Comp, Local Hire

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker's Comp, Local Hire
  The Austin City Council has approved a resolution that will require worker protection standards for all construction workers on non-residential commercial projects. The resolution is part of a voluntary expedited permitting process designed to help cut down on long and costly wait times. Austin has struggled to keep up with the rate of its...
Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Sep
2016
7

Clinton at Labor Day Rally: “We will be absolutely strong in our support for unions”

Clinton at Labor Day Rally:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent Labor Day at a picnic in Northwest Illinois celebrating with union members and leaders, inclduing International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Lonnie R. Stephenson and United Auto Workers (UAW) President Dennis Williams. Secretary Clinton attended the event for the...
Aug
2016
31

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages
  Economy sagging? Don’t fret. All you need to do is turn the clock back 40 years! That’s right, according to a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report, private sector wages are suffering in part because of a decline in organized labor: Unions, especially in industries and regions where they are strong, help boost the [&hellip...
Aug
2016
31

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds
  Last Wednesday, President Obama issued 369 pages of final guidance for his two-year-old Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces executive order. The EO requires contractors to disclose their history of labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Not only does the new final rule help protect workers on federal projects, it also levels...
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...