Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Dec
2014
5

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations
  Donald F. Ihlefeld, the owner of the Alhambra Building Company of Warwick, Rhode Island, was sentenced for a series of charges stemming from his failure to pay the prevailing wage. Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Providence put Ihlefeld on two years probation and will have him perform 200 [&hellip...
Dec
2014
3

In Survey, MI’s Biz Community Speaks: Yes to Infrastructure, No to Wage-Slashing

  A survey of 300 business owners and executives taken by Crain’s Detroit Business in mid-November shows that the top priorities of business players are not lower taxes but infrastructure spending, education, and job training.  The Michigan GOP made major gains at the state and federal level during the 2014 elections, but the pro-business...
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Nov
2014
17

Fresno’s Ban on Project Labor Agreements, Ignorance of Prevailing Wage Reversed by City Council

  The Fresno City Council has voted to approve two measures which will repeal its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and require the prevailing wage to be paid on municipal public works projects.  The two measures bring the city in line with new state bills — SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7 — [&hellip...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Nov
2014
6

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Wine and Dime? Nickel and Dine? Napa, CA Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance
  The charter city of Napa, California has passed an ordinance requiring all workers on future public construction projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The bill was passed by city council in early November and a second vote will put it into full effect in late November.  City officials say they were already committed [&hellip...
Oct
2014
30

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger
  Speaking on AM radio, the Republican challenger in Minnesota House District 17A, Tim Miller, made outrageous claims about the costs associated with the state’s prevailing wage laws.  Unfortunately for Miller, simple fact-checking appears to be out of reach. On the KWLM (AM 1340) show Open Mic, Miller claimed: …the MN Department of...
Oct
2014
28

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting
  In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a public hearing about the possibility of offering property tax abatements to developers quickly became a call to ensure that construction jobs created by the move would pay prevailing wages and include female and minority contractors.  In order to spur job growth and promote the development of the city, Mayor...
Oct
2014
15

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules

CA Cities Scramble to Implement Ordinances Which Comply With New Prevailing Wage Rules
  Several California charter cities are passing ordinances establishing prevailing wage standards that adhere to those mandated by SB7, which becomes law on January 1st, 2015.  SB7 prevents state funds from going to projects in cities that do not adhere to statewide prevailing wage standards.  Being that many of these cities chose charter...
Oct
2014
3

MN Contractors Could Face 20-Year Jail Sentence, $100,000 Fine for Not Paying the Prevailing Wage

  Two electrical contractors in Minnesota have been charged with felony theft by swindle for falsifying records to indicate that they paid employees the prevailing wage on a state-funded project when they were in fact pocketing the difference.  Hennepin County attorneys announced the charges against Thomas Robert Clifton and Earl Keith...
Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
23

“I Called the Migra on You Guys”: Seattle Contractor Sentenced for Exploiting Undocumented Workers

  A Seattle contractor has been sentenced to three months in jail and fined $10,000 for breaking prevailing wage laws and abusing employees by reporting them to immigration when they asked to be correctly paid.  The contractor, Dathan Williams, had landed more than $1.1 million in contracts from the government before an investigation, which...
Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...