Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Feb
2016
5

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives
  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer penalties on companies who do business with the city and commit wage theft.  Cincinnati becomes the first Ohio city to pass such an ordinance.  The ordinance was proposed by Vice Mayor David Mann.  It passed on a 7-2 vote, [&hellip...
Feb
2016
1

J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages

J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages
  The New York Jets have become the fourth professional football team to settle a wage theft lawsuit brought forward by their dancers, joining the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 52 members of the Jets Flight Crew, who worked between 2011 and 2013, will receive a total of $325,000 to correct minimum [&hellip...
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Feb
2016
1

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections
  Before the Indiana State Budget Committee, the State Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) testified that, as many economic experts predicted, the cost of public works projects has increased considerably since the July 1, 2015 repeal of the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  Much of the increase was caused by the absence...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
Jan
2016
22

Logic Shortage: Study Reinforces Data on Temp Visa Suppression of U.S. Wages, Employment

Logic Shortage: Study Reinforces Data on Temp Visa Suppression of U.S. Wages, Employment
  New research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows little evidence of worker shortages in top H-2b visa occupations, a far cry from the story being told by supporters of temp worker expansion.  The H-2b visa program provides work visas to foreign workers in fields where labor shortages exist.  However, the program is rife...
Jan
2016
22

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH
  A newly published study from the Keystone Research Center finds that a proposed prevailing wage bill in New Hampshire would boost jobs, aid in-state contractors, and generally spur the state’s economy.  New Hampshire is currently the only state in the northeastern United States without prevailing wage laws for construction.  ...
Jan
2016
19

Duh Blasio: Mayor’s Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction

Duh Blasio: Mayor's Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction
  With no deal able to be reached between construction unions and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the controversial 421-a tax abatement program expired at midnight on Friday.  While a bill was passed to extend the program for a four-year period in June, it was dependent on the two groups reaching a [&hellip...
Jan
2016
15

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don’t Support Construction Pay Cuts

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don't Support Construction Pay Cuts
  In Kentucky, Senate Republicans are moving forward with SB 9, which would exempt all school and university construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage law.  The bill passed through the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue this week by a 10-1 margin. It could see a full Senate vote by Friday.  Changes to...
Jan
2016
5

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution
  A pair of initiatives in New York state are beginning to pay off for workers who fall victim to wage theft.  Both are aimed at protecting vulnerable workers, particularly those with varying levels of immigration status, from unscrupulous employers who seek to cheat the system.  In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new...
Jan
2016
4

$2.5M In Backpay Coming to Oregon Tradesmen for University’s Prevailing Wage Violations

$2.5M In Backpay Coming to Oregon Tradesmen for University's Prevailing Wage Violations
  A settlement has been reached between Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) which will result in the university paying a record $2.5 million for failing to correctly pay the prevailing wage to 325 workers.  On average, the workers will receive $7,700 before taxes for construction work they...
Jan
2016
4

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC’s 421-a Tax Break

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC's 421-a Tax Break
  A recent ProPublica piece on the 421-a tax abatement program in New York highlights some of the abuses workers face due to a lack of enforcement by the agencies charged with ensuring regulations are followed.  The controversial program is the city’s largest housing subsidy and has faced increased scrutiny since the state forced trade...
Dec
2015
18

H-2bad: House Sneaks Shameful Boost in Abusive Foreign Worker Visas Into Late-Night Omnibus Bill

H-2bad: House Sneaks Shameful Boost in Abusive Foreign Worker Visas Into Late-Night Omnibus Bill
  Language slipped into the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill would triple the number of H-2b visas that can be issued, with some estimates suggesting the number could go from 66,000 to 250,000.  According to The Hill, many rank and file lawmakers discovered the addition Wednesday morning, meaning that it was slipped into the bill [&hellip...