Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Jul
2014
28

ANALYST: “It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills”

  The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment.   The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers....
Jul
2014
24

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
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Jul
2014
22

Investigation Finds MTA Contractor Underpaid Security Workers, $1.3M Settlement Reached

  After an investigation by the office of New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, security workers for AlliedBarton Security Services who were contracted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) but did not receive prevailing wages will share a $1.3 million settlement.   According to the New York Daily News, the settlement effects 143...
Jul
2014
18

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017
  How do you know awareness about the minimum wage is still limited outside of the beltway and political Twitter? When the eighth most populated city in the country decides to forgo a ballot initiative in favor of an immediate ordinance that will bump the city up $2.50 in just three years and hardly anyone ...
Jul
2014
17

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They’ve Long Desired

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They've Long Desired
  Two cases currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will determine what it officially means to be an employer, and the ramifications for management in industries ranging from fast food to waste collection could be serious.   Given the complicated nature of modern American labor the two decisions seek to determine who...
Jul
2014
15

Massive Backpay Settlement for Pair of New York Insulators Who Worked School Projects

  New York based National Insulation will have to cough up $435,000 to two employees who performed work contracted through the Department of Education after several wage and hour fines were discovered. Francisco Ayala and Angel Ribadeneira performed insulation work on various projects in New York City schools between December of 2006 and...
Jul
2014
7

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less
  In a July 4th op-ed for the San Diego Free Press, S.E. Mayes, a 30-year El Centro resident and member of the Imperial County Development Board, highlights the irony of the El Centro city government joining a lawsuit against the recently passed Senate Bill 7 considering El Centro has the second highest unemployment rate ...
Jun
2014
30

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor's Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC
  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped the city’s legal challenge to a law that would require companies receiving more than $1 million in economic development aid to pay the prevailing wage.  The legal challenge to the law began after the city council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the law by a ...
Jun
2014
27

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election
  As the race to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate heats up between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and popular Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the prevailing wage is becoming an unexpected pivoting point in the race.  The Senate Minority leader may be attempting to shed his image as a major driver of obstruction in Washington ...
Jun
2014
27

Rise in Wage and Hour Complaints Shows Great Strides Made in Worker Empowerment, Action

Rise in Wage and Hour Complaints Shows Great Strides Made in Worker Empowerment, Action
  The Idaho Business Review this week highlighted a significant rise in wage and hour lawsuits in the United States.  Widespread protests against low-paying fast food restaurants have heightened awareness about wage theft which has in turn made more workers comfortable demanding fair pay as prescribed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....
Jun
2014
24

Unprecedented Defiance by MTA Leads LIRR Workers to Rally, Threaten Strike

Unprecedented Defiance by MTA Leads LIRR Workers to Rally, Threaten Strike
  With a possible strike looming next month, over 3,000 Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers and their supporters held a rally for a new contract on Saturday.  The workers have been without a contract since 2010.   Attendees hoped to send a message to transit officials and Governor Andrew Cuomo, the union’s chief negotiator Anthony ...
Jun
2014
23

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements
  Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys.  The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the ...