Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

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...
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Jul
2016
28

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages
  As if Congress wasn’t unpopular enough already. Turns out we can add wage theft to the puny list of accomplishments put forth by the Senate under Republican control. According to an investigation by the Department of Labor, federal contractors owe upwards of $1 million to Senate cafeteria workers: The DOL announced it found Restaurant...
Jul
2016
14

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation
  Blame Bush. Blame Bondi. Blame Florida’s spineless Republican party. It has been five years since the state of Florida held an employer responsible for violating the minimum wage. Florida, which hasn’t had a Department of Labor since Jeb Bush dismantled it in the early 2000s, relies on the office of their useless attorney...
Jul
2016
14

Workers’ Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii

Workers' Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii
  Hawaii has increased the penalties for employers who do not to adhere to state labor laws. On July 1, Gov. David Ige approved stricter punishments for companies who fail to meet the requirements for workers’ compensation insurance, temporary disability insurance, and breaking prevailing wage laws on public construction...
Jul
2016
13

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won’t Pay Prevailing Wages

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won't Pay Prevailing Wages
  A Sussex County judge has ruled that the University of Delaware is not subject to the state’s prevailing wage law. Judge Richard F. Stokes determined that the state school is not a subdivision of state government and therefore does not have to pay the prevailing wage to workers on construction projects: The judge noted that the...
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office...
Jul
2016
6

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO: “This Isn’t Just a Policy, It’s Personal”

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO:
  Right-to-Work. Paycheck protection. Prevailing wage repeal. If a law is anti-worker, the Missouri GOP will try as many times as it can to implement it. That’s why the Committee to Protect MO Families has launched a public awareness campaign to educate Missourians on the benefits of the prevailing wage. Their new ad features Navy vet...
Jul
2016
6

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep’s Withdrawal of Support

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep's Withdrawal of Support
  Democrats and Republicans were nearly able to agree on something in time for Independence Day weekend, but luckily failed. In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, it ain’t over till it’s over. After joining forces with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to introduce the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (H.R. 5580), Rep....
Jul
2016
5

Another IN Town Passes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Blunt Impact of CCW Repeal

Another IN Town Passes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Blunt Impact of CCW Repeal
  Merrillville, Indiana’s town council unanimously approved a responsible bidder ordinance on Tuesday. Endorsed by the building trades as well as contractors, the ordinance raises the standards of consideration for lowest possible bidders on public works contracts. Under the new ordinance, a contractor proposing to submit a bid on a...
Jul
2016
5

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal
  Wisconsin lawmakers are at it again. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) claimed that flaggers on state road projects make $100,000 a year. He did so in an attempt to support his call to eliminate the state’s prevailing wage. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, however, it seems...
Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...