Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

Apr
2013
12

IRON-IC CURTAIN: U.S. Border Patrol Outfits Being Manufactured in Mexico

IRON-IC CURTAIN: U.S. Border Patrol Outfits Being Manufactured in Mexico
Newly granted contracts to provide uniforms for United States Customs and Border Protections (CBP) contain one very ironic piece of information: they will largely be manufactured in Mexico. WHY AM I TYPING? THIS POST WRITES ITSELF. Via CPA Trade Reform: The latest contract with the company was awarded on Dec. 20, 2012, to make “uniform...
Apr
2013
12

Emails Reveal Top MI Officials are Undermining Unemployment Insurance Fraud Enforcement

Emails Reveal Top MI Officials are Undermining Unemployment Insurance Fraud Enforcement
In 2011, in order to get tough on residents who were abusing Unemployment Insurance in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder lowered the monetary threshold for fraud from $25,000 to $3,500. However, since UIA, the agency in charge of monitoring such activity, faced the layoff of 300 workers last year it has been a struggle to keep [&hellip...
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Apr
2013
12

Florida GOP Ramping Up ALEC-Driven, Darden and Disney-Affiliated Anti-Wage and Sick Day Measures

Florida GOP Ramping Up ALEC-Driven, Darden and Disney-Affiliated Anti-Wage and Sick Day Measures
Last week, Florida’s House Bill 655 passed the GOP-controlled House of Representatives by a 75-43 margin. The bill, similar to other model legislation backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), would prevent local governments from implementing #PaidSickDays. It also disallows local governments from mandating living wages....
Apr
2013
11

In-Depth NELP Report Highlights the Ongoing Tragedy of the Long-Term Unemployed

In-Depth NELP Report Highlights the Ongoing Tragedy of the Long-Term Unemployed
A new report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) gives a detailed demographic analysis of the nation’s long-term unemployed. Four years after the recession there are still 27 million unemployed or underemployed workers in the American labor force. This number includes those included by official jobs numbers as well as the nearly...
Apr
2013
11

In Portland, Construction Unions Worry Paid Sick Days Legislation Could Interfere with Collective Bargaining

In Portland, Construction Unions Worry Paid Sick Days Legislation Could Interfere with Collective Bargaining
With talk of #PaidSickDays legislation roiling New York, Pennsylvania and Florida (to name a few…), construction workers in the Northwest are telling a cautionary tale you might not expect to hear from union workers. Portland, Oregon has a stricter Paid Sick Days law than the one about to hit NYC. It mandates that any employer [&hellip...
Apr
2013
11

72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites

72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites
A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that construction deaths more than tripled on NYC work sites last year with 21 workplace fatalities versus six the year before. The sudden surge coincides with an uptick in building projects in the region and represents the most construction workplace deaths the city...
Apr
2013
9

Equal Pay Day Highlights the Dire Need for Action in Addressing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day Highlights the Dire Need for Action in Addressing the Gender Pay Gap
Today is Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into the new year women must work to match the pay their male peers earned in the previous year. Started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity as a public awareness event, the movement has picked up steam in the past years [&hellip...
Apr
2013
9

Misguided Texas Supreme Court Decision on Public Sector Unions “Puts All the Rights Into Management’s Hands.”

Misguided Texas Supreme Court Decision on Public Sector Unions
At the end of last week, the Texas Supreme Court ruled to limit the rights of public union members, reversing the decision of lower courts in a case surrounding a Round Rock firefighter disciplined in 2008 who argued that he did not have access to a union representative. In a 6 – 3 decision, the [&hellip...
Apr
2013
9

Nearly Half of Stop Work Orders Issued in CT Last Year Due to Misclassification Were for Out-of-State Contractors

As part of their ongoing battle with employee misclassification, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards has just issued stop work orders for 27 companies working at construction sites throughout the state. In the past year, the agency has investigated 108 construction projects and reviewed the records...
Apr
2013
8

VIDEO: San Diego IBEW Members Discuss Union-Owned, Union-Operated Affordable Housing

VIDEO: San Diego IBEW Members Discuss Union-Owned, Union-Operated Affordable Housing
Tom Lemmon, Business Manager for the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council (SDBCTC), recently gave an interview in which he describes his experiences growing up in the National City Apartments. The apartment complex, now owned and operated by local unions, provides affordable, quality housing for low-to-moderate income families....
Apr
2013
8

Australia’s 4-Year Old Equivalent to OSHA is Racking Up Misclassified Worker Back Pay

Much like in the United States, Austrailia officials in the office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are cracking down on employee misclassification. In the past financial year, the FWO recouped $17.4 million in back-pay for 5066 workers. Recently, workers have been awarded thousands in back pay for being classified as independent contractors by...
Apr
2013
5

Only One Kansas County Has a Prevailing Wage Law. That’s One Too Many for the Kansas Senate.

In a 31-9 vote, the Kansas State Senate passed a bill that bars cities and counties from having prevailing wage mandates for contractors. The bill will now move to the House. The state of Kansas has only one county (Wyandotte) in which prevailing wage laws are still on the books. This aggressive and spiteful action [&hellip...