Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Apr
2015
14

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh…. (Prevailing Wage Edition)

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh.... (Prevailing Wage Edition)
  As the Wisconsin GOP moves forward with an attempt to repeal the prevailing wage, a new argument is afoot, one that wants reforms rather than repeal.  The labor movement and Democrats remain opposed to unnecessary tampering of any sort, and may not be too keen on these reforms. But there must be at least [&hellip...
Apr
2015
10

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor
  HB 1019 passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee by an 8-5 margin, meaning Republicans are one step closer to repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  All committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill except Sen. Ed Charbonneau, who joined Democrats in voting against the wage-crushing bill.   In order to...
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Apr
2015
10

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner’s Anti-Union Proposals

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner's Anti-Union Proposals
  Across Illinois, municipalities are rejecting the “Turnaround Agenda” of Governor Bruce Rauner, which calls for changes to the prevailing wage and workers compensation systems as well as the creation of as-yet unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” zones.  The agenda is being tackled by city councils after Brad Cole, Executive Director...
Apr
2015
9

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors
  Five construction contractors who performed work on public works projects in New York City have been arrested for wage theft after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office found stolen wages totaling more than $1 million.  The arrests come as part of a long-running investigation into wage theft on public works projects.   Three...
Apr
2015
8

À la Nevada: PA Republican Starts Slow Climb to Lowering Wages for School Construction

À la Nevada: PA Republican Starts Slow Climb to Lowering Wages for School Construction
  In Pennsylvania, a group of Republican lawmakers began an assault on the state’s prevailing wage laws, pushing for legislation which would exempt school districts from the mandate.  HB 707, being championed by State Rep. Jesse Topper, is similar to a move by the Nevada GOP.   Currently, school districts must pay the prevailing wage...
Apr
2015
3

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP’s Wage-Slashing Extremism

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP's Wage-Slashing Extremism
  As the Indiana GOP continues its partisan effort to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW), labor advocacy groups are hitting the airwaves to take their counterpoint public.  The repeal is currently in the hands of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee after Labor Committee chair Phil Boots (R- Crawfordsville) said he did...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to repeal the prevailing wage — the law that ensures fair pay for construction workers — and a newly released report from the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) could factor...
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...
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...