Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Mar
2015
27

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC
  Across the country, Republican legislators (and West Virginia’s governor) are pushing legislation to repeal or drastically alter prevailing wage requirements for construction projects. The effort has felt uncharacteristically coordinated since November’s elections, considering how long-standing many of these laws are. The...
Mar
2015
24

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor’s Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor's Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement
  Two conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have developed an unlikely kinship with unions through their support for capping the number of H-1B visas available to U.S. employers.  GOP Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama both serve on the committee; Grassley is the chairman and Sessions heads the subcommittee...
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Mar
2015
23

Illinois AG Makes It Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal

Illinois AG Makes It Official: Gov. Rauner's
  Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has preemptively weighed in on anti-union legislation that is being promoted by Gov. Bruce Rauner which would allow local governments to create “Right-to-Work” zones and ban prevailing wage requirements. Her position? Both are unconstitutional.  Democrats sounded the alarm on Rauner, who is...
Mar
2015
12

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday
  Last weekend, thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the state capitol in Charleston for the Mountaineer Workers Rising rally to protest the agenda of the state’s GOP.  Since taking power in January, Republicans have pushed for several pieces of anti-worker legislation, including prevailing wage repeal, increased funding for...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
Mar
2015
10

Nevada’s Prevailing Wage Volleyball Ends with Sand in Workers’ Faces

  A bill to suspend prevailing wage requirements on school construction projects passed the Nevada assembly on a 23-19 vote after some remarkable political volleying.  The bill also includes language that will allow school districts to rollover bond authority to pay for construction projects.   At one point, the bill was scrapped, only to...
Mar
2015
5

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled
  Nevada’s SB 119, which was written to simultaneously allow school districts to rollover school construction bonds and suspend prevailing wage requirements for school construction, has played out like an episode of Days of Our Lives, with the drama on high. After multiple hearings, Assemblyman Moore claimed this week that a member of his...
Mar
2015
3

Prevailing Wages Result in Economic Benefits that Outweigh Shortsighted ‘Taxpayer Savings’ Argument

  Rep. Chuck Moseley addresses his colleagues, saying the Common Construction Wage means “Hoosier taxes are staying right here in Indiana.” The anti-prevailing wage sentiment cropping up in GOP-led legislatures nationwide posits to be a cost-saving sentiment. Governments, the wage-crushers suggest, should pay workers less to build...
Feb
2015
27

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed: “Higher Pay Hurts Americans”

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed:
  The Guardian has published details of a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. between conservatives and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in which the anti-worker lobby discussed its two-pronged attack of litigation and legislation to help prevent a higher minimum wage.  ALEC members argued that their “new battleground”...
Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
Feb
2015
26

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
Feb
2015
26

Worker Win: California Court Rules Employers Can Sue Competitors for Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  While the prevailing wage faces a broad-based attack by GOP majorities in Wisconsin, Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and New Mexico, a 2-1 decision in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal is doing just the opposite: strengthening the important worker protection. That court ruled recently that...