Posts Tagged ‘Colorado’

Jun
2016
14

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year
  An investigative report has found that the state of Colorado loses $23 million each year because of employee misclassification as employers skirt their responsibility to pay unemployment insurance premiums.  The report comes from Rocky Mountain PBS’ INewsNetwork and is the first part of a multi-part series. The data comes from the...
Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
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Nov
2015
5

Charter Favoritism, Anti-Unionism Result in Ouster of Conservative School Board Members in CO

Charter Favoritism, Anti-Unionism Result in Ouster of Conservative School Board Members in CO
  A recall election in Jefferson County, Colorado saw three conservatives ousted in a school board race where spending topped $1 million.  Julie Williams, Ken Witt, and John Newkirk were all elected to the Jefferson County school board in 2013 and immediately made several unpopular changes that lead to their political demise.  Chief among...
Jan
2015
21

The State of Colorado Has Not Brought a Wage Theft Case Since 2001; Laws Unchanged Since 1941

The State of Colorado Has Not Brought a Wage Theft Case Since 2001; Laws Unchanged Since 1941
  A Rocky Mountain PBS I-News investigation has unveiled Read the entire PBS investigation...
Jun
2014
20

Misclassification Settlement Costs Colorado Co. $2,000,0000

  A federal judge in Colorado has approved a settlement in which oil and gas well maintenance company J&A Services will pay nearly $2 million to workers it misclassified as independent contractors.  On average, each worker will receive $16,000 in back wages.  A summary of the case comes from Sarah Wisor: Two flow testers sued [&hellip...
Jun
2014
12

New CO Solar Plant Would Be “Equivalent of Removing 483,000 Cars” Over 20 Years

  Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp. have signed a purchasing agreement to develop a 50MW solar power plant in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.  Upon completion the plant will generate enough electricity to power 13,500 average Colorado homes.   EPA estimates suggest show that the plant will offset the annual production of almost 127,000 tons of...
Jul
2013
29

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor
  Over the last month we have been reporting on the mishaps during construction of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is behind schedule and wildly over budget and has become the new posterchild for the VA’s refusal to use union labor and veteran hiring mandates.  Now, adding to the mess [&hellip...
Jul
2013
22

CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction...
Jul
2013
8

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA
  In the works since the late 1990’s, the Veterans Affairs Hospital proposed for Aurora, Colorado is now $200 million over budget and unlikely to be open in the Spring of 2015 as hoped.  After endless changes to the plans, construction ground was broken in 2009, yet construction did not begin until 2012.  With progress [&hellip...