Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Aug
2014
29

SB7 Beats 6 BSers: Charter City Wage Suppressors Admonished by California Court

  On Wednesday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a ruling upholding SB7, a law that cuts funding from charter cities when they refuse to pay prevailing wages on public projects.  The law took effect in January but has been held up in the court system by six charter cities hoping to [&hellip...
Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
15

Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
Aug
2014
13

Non-Union Contractor Caught Shaving $50/hour Off Worker Paychecks on City-Funded Project in NY

Non-Union Contractor Caught Shaving $50/hour Off Worker Paychecks on City-Funded Project in NY
  As contractor on the Sugar Hill housing project in Harlem, MountCo construction was supposed to be paying its workers the prevailing wage (nearly $65 an hour).  The reality? Workers on the project were making closer to $15 and being forced to lie about their earnings to inspectors who were there to monitor the company [&hellip...
Aug
2014
11

The Ghost of Bloombergs Past: Prevailing Wage Challenges Finally Killed Off in NYC

  A judge has ended, once and for all, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal challenge to a city council bill concerning the prevailing wage for building service workers.  Since its passage in 2012, the law has been challenged both by Mayor Bloomberg and a lower court which ruled that state minimum wage laws superseded [&hellip...
Aug
2014
8

U.S. Attorney’s Office Lays the Prevailing Smack Down

U.S. Attorney's Office Lays the Prevailing Smack Down
  The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has sentenced the owner of a construction company for fraud conspiracy in connection with his failure to pay prevailing wages for work on the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston.   U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. sentenced Wael...
Aug
2014
5

REPORT: Thousands of Disabled Pennsylvanians Earning Average Wage of $2.40 an Hour

REPORT: Thousands of Disabled Pennsylvanians Earning Average Wage of $2.40 an Hour
  An investigation by Pittsburgh-based Public Source shows that roughly 13,000 disabled Pennsylvanians earn an average wage of $2.40 an hour.  Many of these low wage workers are employed by non-profits and much of the non-skilled work is considered training. As Richard Edley of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association told...
Jul
2014
22

Investigation Finds MTA Contractor Underpaid Security Workers, $1.3M Settlement Reached

  After an investigation by the office of New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, security workers for AlliedBarton Security Services who were contracted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) but did not receive prevailing wages will share a $1.3 million settlement.   According to the New York Daily News, the settlement effects 143...
Jul
2014
15

Massive Backpay Settlement for Pair of New York Insulators Who Worked School Projects

  New York based National Insulation will have to cough up $435,000 to two employees who performed work contracted through the Department of Education after several wage and hour fines were discovered. Francisco Ayala and Angel Ribadeneira performed insulation work on various projects in New York City schools between December of 2006 and...
Jul
2014
7

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less
  In a July 4th op-ed for the San Diego Free Press, S.E. Mayes, a 30-year El Centro resident and member of the Imperial County Development Board, highlights the irony of the El Centro city government joining a lawsuit against the recently passed Senate Bill 7 considering El Centro has the second highest unemployment rate [&hellip...
Jun
2014
30

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor's Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC
  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped the city’s legal challenge to a law that would require companies receiving more than $1 million in economic development aid to pay the prevailing wage.  The legal challenge to the law began after the city council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the law by a [&hellip...
Jun
2014
27

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election
  As the race to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate heats up between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and popular Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the prevailing wage is becoming an unexpected pivoting point in the race.  The Senate Minority leader may be attempting to shed his image as a major driver of obstruction in Washington...