Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey’

Dec
2015
14

Who’s Fiscally Responsible Now? NJ Senate Pres. Pushes Proposal to Correct Underfunded Pensions

Who's Fiscally Responsible Now? NJ Senate Pres. Pushes Proposal to Correct Underfunded Pensions
  In a New Jersey showdown between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the future of the state’s underfunded pension system has boiled over to the airwaves, with the governor using his monthly call-in radio show on 101.5 FM to attack Sweeney, unions, and the state’s working men and women.  At the center [&hellip...
Jul
2015
28

Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down

Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down
  New Jersey business groups such as the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association are fighting a series of local wage theft ordinances that tie commercial licenses to the payment of back wages.  In July, both Newark and Jersey City passed wage theft ordinances allowing them...
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Oct
2014
31

And Then There Were Two? NJ May Join CT as Only States with Paid Sick Leave Mandates

  The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee recently voted in favor of a paid sick leave ordinance which, if passed, would make the Garden State the second state with such legislation.  By a 6-3 margin the committee voted to move forward with the proposal which was amended following heated debate to reflect the concerns of [&hellip...
Aug
2014
19

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
Aug
2014
4

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story
  The new Campus Town project at The College of New Jersey is expected to bring 250 consturction jobs to Mercer County at its peak, according to representatives of the Mercer-Burlington Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).  Currently 65 percent of the workers at the site are from the region, making Campus Town a local [&hellip...
Jul
2014
25

New Jersey’s Pension Fund Thriving Despite State’s Financially Risky Maneuvers

  The value of the state of New Jersey’s Pension Fund is currently $80 billion with analysts projecting a 16 percent return in fiscal year 2014.  This news comes a month after Gov. Chris Christie made significant cuts to annual contributions in the 2014 budget.   At the latest meeting of the investment council, Chairman [&hellip...
Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
Apr
2014
30

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is “Dream Come True” for NJ Construction Workers

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is
  With over 100 construction workers as his backdrop, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised the project labor agreement (PLA) between local trades unions and Triple Five developers, labeling it the driving force in the resumption of full-scale construction on the American Dream Meadowlands project. Triple Five executive Paul Ghermezian...
Feb
2014
19

Prevailing Wage Settlement Long Overdue in Hurricane Sandy Clean Up Case, Lawmakers Say

  Looks Great Services, a Long Island contractor hired to help clean up downed trees after Hurricane Sandy, has reached a settlement with 16 workers it did not pay the prevailing wage.  The workers were employed by Kansas-based Custom Tree Care, a subcontractor of Looks Great.  In the state of New York a prime contractor [&hellip...
Jan
2014
14

Sandygate? Christie Not the Only One Taking Heat for Misusing Relief Funds

Sandygate? Christie Not the Only One Taking Heat for Misusing Relief Funds
  A legal complaint has been filed in Middlesex County Superior Court against Jamali Developers LLC of Monroe, New Jersey and its CEO Hussain Burhanpurwala on behalf of workers who claim they were not correctly paid for their time on a publicly funded post-Sandy recovery project.  According to the complaint, filed on behalf of over [&hellip...
Nov
2013
15

NY Gov Cuomo Encourages Underpaid Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Workers to File Claims

NY Gov Cuomo Encourages Underpaid Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Workers to File Claims
  Speaking at an event at Stony Brook University, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged workers who believe they were underpaid for Superstorn Sandy cleanup work to contact the Labor Department.  Workers have two years from their last day of work to file a claim. While answering questions about prevailing wage violations, Cuomo stated:...
Nov
2013
8

NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ

NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ
  A harrowing story from Salon — “Tearing out asbestos with bare hands: meet the boss from hell” — gives a glimpse of the dangers faced by undocumented workers in the U.S.  When a group of laborers employed by New Jersey apartment company Benjamin H. Realty attempted to organize with LiUNA!, their employer used immigration...