Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Sep
2016
9

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)
  By now we all know that Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an anti-union zealot whose extremist ideas have effectively shut down state government. One of those “ideas” is to repeal the prevailing wage, which he and his pro-business buds insist inflates construction worker wages despite repeated studies proving the...
Aug
2016
10

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs: “The workplace is a tradesperson’s classroom.”

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs:
  In Canada, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has staked out a position against Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), calling them “forced unionization” and suggesting they are a financial burden on the public sector. Sudhir Sandhu, the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Building Trades and Allied Hydro Council, couldn’t...
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Aug
2016
8

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project
  Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city of Baltimore for $660 million in bonds for a massive development in Port Covington. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has indicated that he wants the developers to reach an agreement with local labor unions before...
Aug
2016
2

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will do whatever it takes to make sure his former cronies in the Chamber of Commerce get what they want. He demonstrated as much late last month when he vetoed several pieces of legislation, most notably Senate Bill 2964, designed to help Illinois workers. The bill stipulated that workers on [&hellip...
Jul
2016
28

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance
  California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated a newfound openness to paying construction workers the prevailing wage under his new plan to streamline housing development across the state. Brown was previously resistant to the idea, but in a press conference last week, director of Housing and Community Development Ben Metcalf made it clear...
Jul
2016
14

Workers’ Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii

Workers' Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii
  Hawaii has increased the penalties for employers who do not to adhere to state labor laws. On July 1, Gov. David Ige approved stricter punishments for companies who fail to meet the requirements for workers’ compensation insurance, temporary disability insurance, and breaking prevailing wage laws on public construction...
Jul
2016
13

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won’t Pay Prevailing Wages

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won't Pay Prevailing Wages
  A Sussex County judge has ruled that the University of Delaware is not subject to the state’s prevailing wage law. Judge Richard F. Stokes determined that the state school is not a subdivision of state government and therefore does not have to pay the prevailing wage to workers on construction projects: The judge noted that the...
Jul
2016
6

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO: “This Isn’t Just a Policy, It’s Personal”

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO:
  Right-to-Work. Paycheck protection. Prevailing wage repeal. If a law is anti-worker, the Missouri GOP will try as many times as it can to implement it. That’s why the Committee to Protect MO Families has launched a public awareness campaign to educate Missourians on the benefits of the prevailing wage. Their new ad features Navy vet...
Jul
2016
5

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal
  Wisconsin lawmakers are at it again. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) claimed that flaggers on state road projects make $100,000 a year. He did so in an attempt to support his call to eliminate the state’s prevailing wage. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, however, it seems...
Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
Jun
2016
17

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner’s Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner's Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote
  What should have been a housekeeping item for the Kane County Board became a prevailing wage showdown, with outlier GOP board members attempting to abide by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda” and reject the long-established wage ordinance.  Each year, the Illinois Department of Labor asks each county board to pass a...
Jun
2016
1

Third Time’s the Harm? ABC’s Petition Drive to Repeal MI’s Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN

Third Time's the Harm? ABC's Petition Drive to Repeal MI's Prevailing Wage Fails AGAIN
  Without revealing whether or not they had enough signatures to press on (read: they probably didn’t), the anti-worker group attempting to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage announced it will not move forward with a petition to force the state legislature to vote on the issue or have it become a ballot initiative in the November...