Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

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...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jun
2014
23

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements

Delaware Dems Hope to Cut Red Tape, Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining Agreements
  Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys.  The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the ...
Jun
2014
13

CA Mayor: “Prevailing Wage Projects Don’t Cost Any More than Those Built by Low-Wage, Less Skilled Workers.”

  Mayor Steve Hardy and Vice Mayor Mitch Mashburn of Vacaville, CA recently wrote an op-ed defending the state’s prevailing wage law. They question the motives of cities that are joining lawsuits against SB7, a recently-minted law intended to protect the prevailing wage against charterization of cities.   Putting their unique knowledge of...
Jun
2014
2

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors’ Attempt to Gut Construction Wages

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors' Attempt to Gut Construction Wages
  A Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors in a lawsuit against the City of Lansing which aimed to nullify the city’s prevailing wage law.  In a 2-1 decision, the judges ruled that the Michigan constitution, “grants cities broad powers to enact ordinances relating to its municipal concerns and...
Jun
2014
2

Escondido Democratic Club Battling to Protect Prevailing Wages, Claims ABC’s Motivations are Unsavory

  The Escondido Democratic Club recently took some time to clear up misconceptions about the prevailing wage, a hot topic in local political conversations due to the city’s upcoming referendum on charterization.  At the final public hearing on the issue, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed proudly admitted the he was “championing the...
May
2014
27

Prevailing Wage Enforcement, Apprenticeship Funding Bolstered in CA Budget Markups

  According to a State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) email, California’s Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have agreed to include language in the upcoming budget which guarantees adequate funding for a Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) effort to ensure proper enforcement of prevailing wage laws. The...
May
2014
1

REPORT: Canadian Employment Minister Has Ignored Temp Worker Prevailing Wage for Years

REPORT: Canadian Employment Minister Has Ignored Temp Worker Prevailing Wage for Years
  The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) says that information gathered from federal information requests shows 224 cases in which businesses in the province were allowed to break the law by paying temporary foreign workers below the prevailing wage.  The news comes days after the man in charge of the program,  Employment Minister Jason...
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 ...