Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Sep
2015
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Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done
  In a piece for NextCity.org’s Equity Factor blog, writer Oscar Perry Abello views wage theft through the lens of Queens, NY, an area where labor centers and activists have made several positive changes to combat the epidemic.  While wage theft still exists in the NYC borough, groups like the Flushing Workers Center have given [&hellip...
Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
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Aug
2015
20

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill
  In Seattle, a massive bill that would strengthen the city’s labor laws is currently making its way around Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The proposed bill would include stiffer penalties for businesses that break the law, would better compensate workers who are not given sick days, and would allow workers more options to file complaints...
Aug
2015
20

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations
  A Department of Labor Wage and Workplace Standards Division investigation into 25 nail salons in Connecticut resulted in 23 closures due to wage violations.  State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer reported that the state recovered more than $62,000 owed to employees, mostly for minimum wage violations.  Palmer indicated that the state...
Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who...
Aug
2015
12

Olsen Twins’ Entertainment Co. Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Intern Abuse

Olsen Twins' Entertainment Co. Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Intern Abuse
  Hard work for no pay? You got it, dude!   A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that the Olsen twins’ company, Dualstar Entertainment, overworked and failed to pay or provide college credit to interns.  The lawsuit seeks class action status for an estimated 40 workers and argues that the workers were misclassified...
Aug
2015
12

Driver Assaults — and One Stabbing — at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran

Driver Assaults -- and One Stabbing -- at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran
  Members of Teamsters Local 104 who work for Sun Tran in Tucson, Arizona have gone on strike demanding improvements to the health and safety conditions at their workplace.  The Collective bargaining agreement covering more than 530 Teamsters expired on midnight of August 6th.  The week prior the union members received the company’s...
Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...
Aug
2015
5

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies
  A story from Monday’s Los Angeles Times highlights a growing problem in our country’s family detention centers: detainees are being paid as little as $1 a day through a voluntary work program. Some even claim their labor isn’t voluntary.  The article tells the story of Delmi Cruz, who along with her 11-year-old son Alexis [&hellip...
Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
Aug
2015
3

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame
  A southern Utah company has been fined nearly $400,000 by the Department of Labor (DOL) for using child labor on construction sites.  Hildale, Utah based Reliance Electric Inc. used eight children on projects in Utah and Oklahoma, five of which were not paid any wages.  The DOL found that the company also underpaid 56 [&hellip...
Aug
2015
3

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So
  An op-ed from The Toronto Star sheds light on the lack of effort being put into fighting wage theft by the Harper government and the effect it has on Canadian workers.  The conservative government under Harper is well-known for anti-unionism, but the unwillingness to fight common illegal behavior by businesses reveals how entrenched this...