Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Oct
2014
15

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules
  Several California charter cities are passing ordinances establishing prevailing wage standards that adhere to those mandated by SB7, which becomes law on January 1st, 2015.  SB7 prevents state funds from going to projects in cities that do not adhere to statewide prevailing wage standards.  Being that many of these cities chose charter...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
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Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
Oct
2014
10

Status Update: Facebook’s Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters

Status Update: Facebook's Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters
  Bus drivers who shuttle employees to and from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters are seeking to unionize, arguing that their low wages do not afford them the opportunity to live in the area in which they work.  Seeking representation by the Teamsters, these drivers, subcontracted through Loop Transportation, are hoping collective...
Oct
2014
6

Hyatt Settles With UNITE HERE’s Wrongly Fired Workers for $1,000,000

Hyatt Settles With UNITE HERE's Wrongly Fired Workers for $1,000,000
  In a settlement announced last month, Hyatt Hotel Corps. agreed to pay $1 million to 98 Boston-area housekeepers who they terminated five years ago after making them unknowingly train their replacements.   The bad behavior, dating back to 2009, sparked a boycott of Hyatt Hotels, multiple marches and protests, and the ire of Gov. [&hellip...
Oct
2014
3

MN Contractors Could Face 20-Year Jail Sentence, $100,000 Fine for Not Paying the Prevailing Wage

  Two electrical contractors in Minnesota have been charged with felony theft by swindle for falsifying records to indicate that they paid employees the prevailing wage on a state-funded project when they were in fact pocketing the difference.  Hennepin County attorneys announced the charges against Thomas Robert Clifton and Earl Keith...
Oct
2014
1

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
Sep
2014
30

Judge Awards $750K to FL Painters Who Took a Pay Cut While Some City Employees Secretly Got Raises

  The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida owes nearly $750,000 in back wages according to a judge who decided that the city broke its bargaining agreement with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). The workers agreed to take a 5 percent pay cut in 2011 to help the city through a financial [&hellip...
Sep
2014
29

de Hired: NYC Mayor Revokes Massive Food Service Contract from Established Living Wage Violator

de Hired: NYC Mayor Revokes Massive Food Service Contract from Established Living Wage Violator
  The City of New York has withdrawn an $82 million contract with food service company Maramont Corp. after the New York Daily News revealed that the company owed nearly $88 million for failing to pay living wages for over a decade.  New York City had awarded two new contracts to the company despite their [&hellip...
Sep
2014
26

“Why Do You Work if You Don’t Have Money?” Worker Groups Make Creative Claim that Wisconsin Should Raise the Minimum Wage

  On Wednesday, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Working Families, and 100 low wage workers submitted over 100 formal complaints to Governor Scott Walker hoping to use a little-known clause in state law to force him to raise the minimum wage.  The clause states that the state’s minimum wage “shall not be less than a living [&hellip...
Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
23

“I Called the Migra on You Guys”: Seattle Contractor Sentenced for Exploiting Undocumented Workers

  A Seattle contractor has been sentenced to three months in jail and fined $10,000 for breaking prevailing wage laws and abusing employees by reporting them to immigration when they asked to be correctly paid.  The contractor, Dathan Williams, had landed more than $1.1 million in contracts from the government before an investigation, which...