STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

  Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo,...

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions “Will Have a Friend in the Governor’s Office”

  While speaking at a Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council meeting this month,...

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a...

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house,...

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Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a...
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Jan
2016
7

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don't Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players
  The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of...
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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...
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Jan
2016
5

MO GOP Hedges on “Right-to-Work” but Labor’s Message is Clear: We Support Who Supports Us

MO GOP Hedges on
  A recent interview with Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson leaves the question of “Right-to-Work” somewhat unanswered for 2016.  Last year, “Right-to-Work” failed to gain enough support to override a veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  Despite a GOP super majority in both chambers, the divisive nature of...
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Jan
2016
5

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights
  As the need for skilled laborers in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry grows, outreach to women is growing in kind. As of 2014, just 1.2 percent of the HVAC workforce was female according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, with demand for HVACR mechanics and installers expected to grow by [&hellip...
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Jan
2016
4

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors
  The California Labor Commission has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to pay 37 port drivers a total of nearly $7 million in back wages after they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.  Earlier this month, 38 drivers made claims to the Labor Commission that they had been misclassified. Last week, it was...
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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...
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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...
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Dec
2015
22

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still

NC Gov Issues Surprise Misclassification EO; Onlookers Want Stronger Protections Still
  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed an executive order that directs the state Industrial Commission to establish an investigative unit for claims of employee misclassification. It will direct the unit to coordinate with other state agencies in order to enforce existing laws related to the abuse of independent contractor status. ...
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Dec
2015
22

Shaquille O’Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades

Shaquille O'Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades
  Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, together with the city of Newark, NJ, has launched a work program which will help city residents secure apprenticeships in local labor unions.  Known as Project IMPACT, the program facilitates GEDs, prepares students for aptitude tests, and develops basic construction skills.  It will target women,...
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Dec
2015
22

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local “Right-to-Work” Ordinance the AG Says is Illegal

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local
  The AFL-CIO of Illinois is set to sue the Village of Lincolnshire in suburban Chicago over its decision to pass a local “Right-to-Work” ordinance.  The decision was made by the village board following a meeting with more than 100 residents, many union members.  The move is a response to Gov. Rauner’s call for local [&hellip...
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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...
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