Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Sep
2014
18

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made
  On Wednesday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the question of who receives overtime in the American workplace.  In March, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Labor Department to update federal overtime rules.   In the EO he touched on the fact that “white collar exemptions” for salaried workers had not...
Sep
2014
17

“The Prevailing Wage Law protects those workers who don’t have a contract regardless of race, gender or place of origin.”

  In response to New Bedford resident Lee Nason’s misguided tirade in an anti-prevailing wage op-ed, Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan wrote a letter of his own for South Coast Today. In the rebuttal, Callahan seeks to clarify some facts regarding important construction wage protections.  ...
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Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...
Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...
Aug
2014
22

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne’s Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne's Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box
  In the ongoing saga of the Fort Wayne City Council using its Republican supermajority to make extreme cuts to the collective bargaining rights of city employees, Democrats, including the mayor, have been unflappable in their support of workers. Now, John Court, Chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party has penned an op-ed asking for...
Jul
2014
30

Groomin’ for the Boomin’: Apprenticeship Vital to British Columbian Energy Growth, Says Union Leader

  FACT: The British Columbian economy is booming thanks to liquified natural gas (LNG). FACT: The necessary infrastructure to capitalize on the boom means thousands of opportunities for the region’s workers to begin careers in the building trades. OPINION: Union apprenticeships are vital to adequately supporting this growth. In a recent...
Jul
2014
24

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment
  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the benefits of apprenticeships, noting the positive effect they have on the careers of those who participate.  The article seeks to provide examples of those who have benefited from apprenticeship across numerous fields, but it does so while ignoring union apprenticeships entirely....
Jul
2014
21

Labor Expert: SCOTUS’ Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers

Labor Expert: SCOTUS' Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers
  In an article for The Nation, Moshe Marvit argues that the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that provided buffer zones for protesters outside of abortion clinics, could represent a major victory for striking workers.  Though the subject matter is vastly different, the court’s decision that...
Jun
2014
24

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers
  As promised, Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a bill that would end collective bargaining for city workers. The move sent the bill back to the city council, which currently has enough support to override the veto. With the override vote coming this week, Henry took to the pages of the Ft. Wayne [&hellip...
Jun
2014
13

CA Mayor: “Prevailing Wage Projects Don’t Cost Any More than Those Built by Low-Wage, Less Skilled Workers.”

  Mayor Steve Hardy and Vice Mayor Mitch Mashburn of Vacaville, CA recently wrote an op-ed defending the state’s prevailing wage law. They question the motives of cities that are joining lawsuits against SB7, a recently-minted law intended to protect the prevailing wage against charterization of cities.   Putting their unique knowledge of...
May
2014
29

de Blasio’s Housing Plan Not Truly Progressive Without Union Labor, Says Councilman

de Blasio's Housing Plan Not Truly Progressive Without Union Labor, Says Councilman
  In a recent Queens Chronicle op-ed, NYC 24th district councilman Rory Lancman argues that union labor is a necessity for Mayor DeBlasio’s proposed Housing New York plan.  Union labor was increasingly shut out of city-funded construction during the Bloomberg administration and Lancman wants to see that course reversed: The mayor has...
May
2014
27

“Benghazi? It’s a town in West Virginia.”

image via Slate   A vital new opinion piece on Fredericksburg.com exposes the glaring underappreciation for the dangerous jobs that workers do in the mining sector, and the selective concern for the lost lives of American who can be wielded for political purposes. In “As Working Class Sinks, Where’s the Outrage?,” Marc...