Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

May
2013
2

Enviro Concerns Threaten Job-Creating $300 Million LG Electronics Headquarters Construction in NJ

Enviro Concerns Threaten Job-Creating $300 Million LG Electronics Headquarters Construction in NJ
A battle is brewing in the New Jersey palisades as South Korea-based LG Electronics is looking to build its new North American headquarters on a 27-acre lot near the Hudson River. Environmental groups and labor are now going toe-to-toe with conservationists angered that the new LG campus will peek over the treeline. The area has [&hellip...
Apr
2013
30

Seattle Coffee Owner Pulls a Papa John, Raises Prices to Make Up for Paid Sick Leave

Seattle Coffee Owner Pulls a Papa John, Raises Prices to Make Up for Paid Sick Leave
As Paid Sick Leave becomes the new norm in Seattle, business owners are taking different, um, “approaches” to making it work for their alleged bottom lines. Remember when Papa John’s, Darden Restaurants and that one Denny’s franchise owner said they were going to pass the costs of healthcare reform on to customers? Welp,...
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Apr
2013
30

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation
A political cartoon from the Sacramento Bee that suggests Texas Governor Rick Perry’s agenda of deregulation is partially to blame for the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX is drawing reaction from the Governor himself. In a letter to the Bee, Perry writes: “It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your...
Apr
2013
30

California ABC Contractor Rung Up for $225,000 in Wage-Dodging Backpay, Penalties

California ABC Contractor Rung Up for $225,000 in Wage-Dodging Backpay, Penalties
The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) spends large sums of time and money defaming unions and pursuing a pro-business agenda. Their propaganda attempts to persuade the public that union work results in higher costs to taxpayers and excludes qualified contractors and workers from public works projects. Frequently, however, when a...
Apr
2013
29

MD Casino Not Only Being Built Under PLA, Will Employ Unionized Workers in Permanent Jobs

MD Casino Not Only Being Built Under PLA, Will Employ Unionized Workers in Permanent Jobs
Nearly a month after the announcement that the new Horseshoe Casino in Maryland would be built under a worker-friendly Project Labor Agreement (PLA), cause for celebratation doubled down with the announcement that a deal brokered by UNITE HERE to unionize jobs at the casino is nearing completion. The $375 million dollar casino, which will be...
Apr
2013
26

IUPAT DC 35 Reaches Out for Support for 18-Year Old Girl Injured in Boston Bombings

IUPAT DC 35 Reaches Out for Support for 18-Year Old Girl Injured in Boston Bombings
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 35 family is coming together to help a brother whose family was directly affected by the Boston Marathon bombings: Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, were badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on 4/15/13. Sydney, 18, suffered severe injuries and deep arterial...
Apr
2013
26

Pair of Assembly Bills to Protect the Prevailing Wage Move Through California Committee

In California, two bills that would protect and expand the state’s prevailing wage law have been approved by their House committees. Both bills were sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council and moved through along party lines with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed. The two bills are: Assembly Bill 302,...
Apr
2013
26

Georgia Printing Company Slapped With $40,000 of Mandatory Backpay, Fines for Misclassification

A Georgia printing company, H&W Printing, has been ordered to pay nearly $40,000 after an audit showed they were misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The Department of Labor Wage and Hours Division collected $31,863 in back wages for the 69 affected employees. The WHD also found several violations of the Family and Medical...
Apr
2013
26

Tax Incentive Tied to Prevailing Wages Being Abused in New York

Tax Incentive Tied to Prevailing Wages Being Abused in New York
In New York, a little known tax abatement program gives developers tax breaks for setting aside 20 percent of new units for middle and lower income families. The popular program helps encourage development, promote equality, and provide quality jobs as employees at the buildings must be paid prevailing wage. Sounds like a win-win-win, unless of...
Apr
2013
25

Apprenticeship Requirements Protected in California Case Carrying $200,000 in Back Wages and Fines

Fontana, California-based Icon Metal Works, Inc. has been ordered to pay over $200,000 by California Labor Commissioner Julie Su for prevailing wage and apprenticeship violations that occurred on a public works project at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The total includes $129,562 in back wages, $47,575 in prevailing wage fines...
Apr
2013
25

NPR Picks Up Report on Texas’ Underground Construction Economy Where $4/Hour Is Commonplace

NPR Picks Up Report on Texas' Underground Construction Economy Where $4/Hour Is Commonplace
In Texas, construction is a $54 billion industry that employs one in every 13 workers. Though thriving on the surface, Texas construction workers face increasingly dangerous conditions and are frequently improperly paid. Of the more than one million construction workers in the state, nearly half are undocumented and employee misclassification is...
Apr
2013
25

Alabama Contractor Receives Tax Breaks from Eugene, OR Government, Proceeds to Hire Just 32% Local

A massive student apartment complex is being built in downtown Eugene, Oregon, and of the 28 contractors on the site only nine are from the Eugene/Springfield area. This has local tradesmen and women upset. Subcontractors brought in from out of state are to blame says Patrick Smith, Secretary-Treasurer of the Lane, Coos, Curry, Douglas Building...