Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Apr
2014
22

Op-ed Defends CA’s Prevailing Wage in Face of Charter City Race to the Bottom

  The implementation of California’s SB 7, which would restrict funds to charter cities that do not want to pay the prevailing wage, is being halted by a lawsuit from five cities who seek the right to continue to pay workers on publicly funded projects less than the regional average.   In an op-ed for ...
Apr
2014
4

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill
  The Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard two bills this week that endorse wildly different strategies for how the state can promote apprenticeship programs.  The committee heard arguments for and against HB 7623 and HB 7697, the former of which aims to ensure that the state has a ready supply of skilled construction workers ...
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Apr
2014
4

Prevailing Wage Round-Up: Maryland, Delaware, Memphis Take Strides to Protect Workers

  In statehouses and city council chambers across the country, wage increases are on the brain. And it isn’t only the minimum wage, sparked by President Obama’s sudden interest in a federal boost and a well-coordinated nationwide fast food workers campaign, that is on the docket. The expansion of the prevailing wage, which...
Mar
2014
28

VT Republicans Using Procedural Gamesmanship to Delay Wage Protections for Construction Workers

  In Vermont, a bill that would align state prevailing wage rates with federal standards laid out in the Davis-Bacon Act was subject to a last minute procedural maneuver that will send it to the House Appropriations Committee, delaying its progress.  The bill, H.878, has the backing of the Democratic caucus as well as the ...
Mar
2014
20

Minor Hike in Construction Wages Coming to Maryland Despite Predictable GOP Opposition

  Two prevailing wage bills are on their way to final passage in Maryland and likely to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley.  The bills, SB 232 and HB 727, would lower the threshold for mandating prevailing wages on school construction projects. The new law would mean any project that receives 25 percent ...
Mar
2014
11

MO’ ATTACKS: Several Bills to Weaken Wage and Benefit Protections are Back Again in Missouri

  Members of the Missouri House are attempting to pass three anti-worker laws, upping their anti-union ante ahead of the November elections. “Right-to-Work,” limits to the prevailing wage, and skewing workers compensation laws to favor businesses are on the docket. Progress Missouri reports that the wording of HB77, the...
Feb
2014
28

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF
  In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several...
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 ...
Feb
2014
6

Court Decides H-2B Visas Should Be Protected by Prevailing Wages to Avoid Hurting American Workers

  The Third District Court of Appeals handed American workers a victory with their ruling in the case of Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.  The court found that the Department of Labor’s  wage regulation methodology is valid pertaining to H-2b visas, meaning the Department of Homeland Security must...
Feb
2014
5

Backfire? Study Finds “Right-to-Work” Lowers CEO Pay in Construction

  A study compiled by Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Bob Bruno of the University of Illinois, “Which Labor Market Institutions Reduce Income Inequality? Labor Unions, Prevailing Wage Laws, and Right-to-Work Laws in the Construction Industry,” has been applauded by labor because it shows prevailing wage...
Feb
2014
3

Prevailing Wage Round-Up: MO, WA Republicans Introduce Anti-Worker Bills; CA Protections Go Into Effect

  With most states’ legislative sessions entering full swing, several Republicans are putting bills before committees that would make permanent changes to their respective prevailing wage laws. Labeling the prevailing wage as an archaic burden on taxpayers is a familiar song of the Far Right chorus, and in Missouri and Washington...
Jan
2014
22

San Carlos, CA Official: “I Believe You Get More Skilled Labor When You Use Union Labor”

  In San Carlos, California the new hotels being built on city land near Highway 101 could be subject to prevailing wage laws according to proposals put forward by a city subcommittee.  The city, which bought the land for $13.7 million in November, will eventually sell the land to the private developer of the properties. ...