Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Nov
2014
24

“They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV.”

  Slightly lost in President Obama’s executive action granting deportation relief for millions was the expansion of visas for foreign-born U.S. college graduates, a move industrial leaders say is necessary to combat a worker shortage.  Many scholars, however, argue that the worker shortage in no way exists. Among them is Hal Salzman,...
Nov
2014
20

Violent Wage Theft Exposed in Oregon: “This Guy Knows Where My Family is in Mexico.”

Violent Wage Theft Exposed in Oregon:  “This Guy Knows Where My Family is in Mexico.”
  A truly in-depth look at how wage theft affects workers in the state of Oregon was recently published in the Eugene Weekly. It details how employers use fear to enforce unscrupulous and often deviant business practices.  Between July of 2012 and June of 2013 Oregon workers filed claims of more than $3 million with [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
17

Fresno’s Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Ignorance of Prevailing Wage Reversed by City Council

  The Fresno City Council has voted to approve two measures which will repeal its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and require the prevailing wage to be paid on municipal public works projects.  The two measures bring the city in line with new state bills — SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7 — [&hellip...
Nov
2014
14

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.
  Tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to include the expansion of L-1 and F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa programs as part of the president’s proposed series of executive orders concerning immigration.  The two programs are subject to very little regulation and have received hardly any scrutiny despite being used...
Nov
2014
14

Indiana Construction Unions Brace for Wage Law Repeal Fight in 2015

  In Indiana, labor groups and their affiliated workers are preparing for what many feel is an inevitable attack on the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) during next year’s legislative session.  A repeal of the law, which governs wages on public works projects and is similar to the “prevailing wage” for construction...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Nov
2014
10

Labor Shortage? More Like Wage Shortage. Crummy Jobs Keep Good Workers Away.

  Orange County Register writer Jonathan Lasner recently tackled the complex subject of the alleged construction worker shortage, and questioned those who blame the situation on a lack of skilled workers.  In his piece, “Construction Faces Shortage of Workers (Maybe),” Lasner does not shy away from either side of the argument.  But he...
Nov
2014
6

Brooklyn Non-Profit Caught Systematically Underpaying Mentally Disabled Employees

Brooklyn Non-Profit Caught Systematically Underpaying Mentally Disabled Employees
  A report from the office of the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli shows that a Brooklyn non-profit underpaid mentally disabled workers for years.  The organization, Shorefront Mental Health Board, has not complied with state prevailing wage laws and has falsified certified payrolls in order to cover it up.   Via...
Nov
2014
6

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance
  The charter city of Napa, California has passed an ordinance requiring all workers on future public construction projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The bill was passed by city council in early November and a second vote will put it into full effect in late November.  City officials say they were already committed [&hellip...
Nov
2014
5

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations

Docked in the Bay: Labor Commish Hits CA Home Care Providers with $3M in Citations
  Four assisted living providers in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently issued upwards of $3 million in citations by California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. The providers in question — Common Destiny Care Homes, Abraham Rest Home Inc., Sanchez-Abraham Corporation, and Florian White Dove Care — were cited $1,820,551 for...
Nov
2014
5

This KY Contractor Has Spent 10 Years Fighting $50,000 in Back Wage Claims. They Finally Lost.

  A case brought forward by the Kentucky Building Trades was recently upheld in the Kentucky Court of Appeals providing a victory for both the involved unions and their signatory contractors.  The case will mean Teco Mechanical, a non-union contractor from Lexington, will pay $54,164 in back wages to its workers along with a $5,250 [&hellip...
Oct
2014
31

Undocumented Workers Being Exploited, Severely Underpaid by Oregon Janitorial Contractor

Undocumented Workers Being Exploited, Severely Underpaid by Oregon Janitorial Contractor
  Cornerstone Janitorial Services in Oregon has been accused of failing to pay the prevailing wage on public works projects. Former workers have reported being paid less than half of the prevailing wage, often in hard-to-track cash.  Claims in the states of Washington and Oregon show that the company hired undocumented workers and used their...