Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Jan
2015
23

IN Republican Joins Former Dem Mayor of Terre Haute in Opposing GOP’s Construction Wage Slashing Bill

IN Republican Joins Former Dem Mayor of Terre Haute in Opposing GOP's Construction Wage Slashing Bill
  In Indiana, two Vigo County commissioners and a union representative are speaking out against a proposed bill that would make drastic changes to the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW). The CCW is the state’s version of the prevailing wage found in other states.   Encouragingly, Republican Brad Anderson is standing alongside...
Jan
2015
23

Settlement Means Lockheed Martin Owes $200,000 in Prevailing Wages to 18 Workers

Settlement Means Lockheed Martin Owes $200,000 in Prevailing Wages to 18 Workers
  Lockheed Martin has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay $210,000 in backpay to 18 employees who were not paid the prevailing wage.  The violations occurred between May of 2011 and October of 2012 at the Coast Guard facility near Petaluma, California.  As part of the settlement, Lockheed Martin will retain its [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
21

The State of Colorado Has Not Brought a Wage Theft Case Since 2001; Laws Unchanged Since 1941

The State of Colorado Has Not Brought a Wage Theft Case Since 2001; Laws Unchanged Since 1941
  A Rocky Mountain PBS I-News investigation has unveiled Read the entire PBS investigation...
Jan
2015
21

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down
  As Republicans in the Michigan legislature prepare to introduce a package of bills that would repeal the prevailing wage for school and government facility construction, they have encountered an immovable force: Republican Governor Rick Snyder.  On Thursday, Snyder came out in support of the prevailing wage saying that he opposed the...
Jan
2015
20

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring
  Republicans in the Michigan legislature are considering a bill that would ban Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on a statewide basis.  The bill was first introduced in the December “lame duck session” where it passed its House committee but never came up for a vote.  Rep. Earl Poleski, who proposed last year’s bill, plans to...
Jan
2015
16

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in…Texas.

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in...Texas.
  The Texas legislature began its 2015 session with Democrats introducing pro-worker bills.  Among them are various attempts to raise the minimum wage, which remains at the federal level of $7.25 an hour.  One bill, from Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, would raise the wage to $10.10 an hour, while another bill from Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon...
Jan
2015
14

Jobs Report Reveals Construction Wages, Especially for Unionized Workers, Rising Steadily Since ’09

Jobs Report Reveals Construction Wages, Especially for Unionized Workers, Rising Steadily Since '09
  Lost in the news shuffle surrounding the latest jobs report is a telling accomplishment achieved by a small segment of the population: wages have been steadily increasing for union construction workers since 2009.  Overall, the jobs report showed that the U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December and unemployment dropped to 5.6 percent....
Jan
2015
9

HEARTLESS: Associated Builders & Contractors Suing City of Lansing So Workers Can Be Paid Less

HEARTLESS: Associated Builders & Contractors Suing City of Lansing So Workers Can Be Paid Less
  The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought forward by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) which questions the constitutionality of the City of Lansing’s prevailing wage ordinance.  The ruling could have a far reaching effect in the state as Michigan has more than two dozen counties, cities, and townships with...
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray...
Jan
2015
7

First Veto-Proof GOP Majority in 83 Years Could Spell Trouble for West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage

  Prevailing wage laws could be in jeopardy in West Virginia, where the GOP has gained control of both legislative houses beginning in 2015. The majority is large enough to override a gubernatorial veto and the state’s farthest right-leaning, “free market” experts are pushing to use the newfound power to eliminate the prevailing wage. ...
Jan
2015
7

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is “Jaw Dropping”

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is
  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s top wage-law enforcer, David Weil, said that “jaw dropping” labor violations demand tougher action.  Weil heads the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for getting companies to abide by basic labor laws.  He touched on employee...
Dec
2014
16

Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ

Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ
  Three members of the Datre family plead not guilty to charges of grand larceny for overbilling the Town of Islip by nearly $150,000 for work done after Superstorm Sandy.  The Long Island family, which runs Daytree of Cortland Square Inc., is also currently at the center of a scandal wherein Islip park officials allowed [&hellip...