Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

May
2013
20

OR Forestalls Nike Founder, Moves to Expand Prevailing Wages to Privately Funded College Projects

OR Forestalls Nike Founder, Moves to Expand Prevailing Wages to Privately Funded College Projects
A bill requiring prevailing wages on all projects built on Oregon college campuses passed the state senate last week.   House Bill 2646 flew through the House in a 27-2 landslide despite attempts from Nike founder and University of Oregon donor Phil Knight to have the bill pulled.  State prevailing wage laws already cover publicly [&hellip...
May
2013
20

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine
Illinois-based Phoenix Industrial Cleaning has been fined $77,200 and issued 28 citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker who was overcome by toxic vapors while cleaning a storage tank.  The 6,000-gallon tank had previously been used to store Methylene chloride.  The accident occurred...
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May
2013
17

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers
The potential sale of the Los Angeles Times (LAT) to the Koch Brothers’ empire has sparked outrage from a wide array of onlookers with the newspaper’s employees apparently leading the charge. Both right-leaning Hot Air and the Washington Post write that at a recent in-house awards ceremony, LAT columnist Steve Lopez asked his fellow...
May
2013
17

F U, FTA: NY Co. Is Causing Lead Poisoning in Kids and Suing the Peruvian Gov’t to Pay For It

F U, FTA: NY Co. Is Causing Lead Poisoning in Kids and Suing the Peruvian Gov't to Pay For It
A brilliant piece of investigative journalism from Andrew Martin of Bloomberg News exposes the dangers of global trade agreements and how they affect the sovereignty of nations. As the U.S. pushes forward with the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) it is important to understand how such agreements allow multi-national corporations to...
May
2013
17

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles’ 911 Emergency System

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles' 911 Emergency System
When something goes terribly wrong in Los Angeles, citizens call 911. But who does 911 call when they have an emergency of their own? Union workers, that’s who. A new video highlights this fact with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 45 members describing their work to keep 911 running at maximum efficiency...
May
2013
17

Million Dollar Kentucky Backpay Case Helps Set Precedent for What Constitutes an Independent Contractor

Million Dollar Kentucky Backpay Case Helps Set Precedent for What Constitutes an Independent Contractor
Kentucky-based cable installer Bowlin Group, LLC has been ordered to pay $1,075,000 in back wages and damages to 196 employees after the Department of Labor (DOL) obtained a consent judgement from a federal court. The decision concludes an investigation which found that 77 of Bowlin Group’s workers were misclassified as independent...
May
2013
16

HORRIFIC: Underground Ring of Wealthy Mothers Hiring Handicapped Tour Guides to Avoid Waiting in Line at Disney World

HORRIFIC: Underground Ring of Wealthy Mothers Hiring Handicapped Tour Guides to Avoid Waiting in Line at Disney World
We are shocked that a recent New York Post piece about rich Manhattan mothers hiring handicapped tour guides in order to shorten amusement park wait times for their kids isn’t getting more attention. Perhaps the NY Post‘s credibility has something to do with it? In hiring these “black market Disney tour guides” the wealthy...
May
2013
16

Wage and Hour Lawsuits Up for Fifth Straight Year, Up More Than 400% Since 2002

Once again, wage-and-hour suits have increased year over year with 7,764 such lawsuits being brought forward between April 1st, 2012 and March 31st, 2013. Last year’s total was 7,064. This marks the 5th consecutive year that the number of wage and hour suits has increased.  A sharpened focus from the Department of Labor (DOL) is [&hellip...
May
2013
16

New LiUNA! Training Center Adds “15,000 Square Feet of Pure Opportunity” for Delaware, New Jersey

New LiUNA! Training Center Adds
Delaware Governor Jack Markell was on hand when the Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) opened its new training facility in Newark earlier this week. The facility is the 78th to open nationwide and the first to open in the Blue Hen State. The training center will help union members by providing free training and [&hellip...
May
2013
15

USA Today’s List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off

USA Today's List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off
USA Today has put together a list of the 8 companies that most owe their workers a raise. The list was determined based on actual numbers not anger, sympathy or any other completely reasonable thing to feel in the face of rampant income inequality. Authors Douglas McIntyre and Samuel Weigley argue that the lowest paid [&hellip...
May
2013
15

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts
In Canada, apprentices working with unions are more likely to complete training and move into the job market than their non-union peers according to a new report. Of the apprentices studied, 75 percent completed training that was run through a Joint Apprenticeship Training Trust (JATT) while only 58 percent completed training when apprenticing...
May
2013
15

Mountain View, CA, Unlike Cities in MI and PA, Seeks to Expand Rather than Diminish the Prevailing Wage

Mountain View, CA, Unlike Cities in MI and PA, Seeks to Expand Rather than Diminish the Prevailing Wage
In California, the Mountain View City Council is changing their stance on prevailing wage laws as they pertain to the building of affordable housing units. In the past, prevailing wage laws were limited to public works projects and capital improvements. In a 6-1 vote, however, the council has directed city staff to create a resolution [&hellip...