Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Feb
2016
1

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections
  Before the Indiana State Budget Committee, the State Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) testified that, as many economic experts predicted, the cost of public works projects has increased considerably since the July 1, 2015 repeal of the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  Much of the increase was caused by the absence...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
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Jan
2016
22

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH
  A newly published study from the Keystone Research Center finds that a proposed prevailing wage bill in New Hampshire would boost jobs, aid in-state contractors, and generally spur the state’s economy.  New Hampshire is currently the only state in the northeastern United States without prevailing wage laws for construction.  ...
Jan
2016
19

Duh Blasio: Mayor’s Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction

Duh Blasio: Mayor's Anti-Wage Stance Leads to Suspension of Affordable Housing Construction
  With no deal able to be reached between construction unions and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the controversial 421-a tax abatement program expired at midnight on Friday.  While a bill was passed to extend the program for a four-year period in June, it was dependent on the two groups reaching a [&hellip...
Jan
2016
15

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don’t Support Construction Pay Cuts

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don't Support Construction Pay Cuts
  In Kentucky, Senate Republicans are moving forward with SB 9, which would exempt all school and university construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage law.  The bill passed through the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue this week by a 10-1 margin. It could see a full Senate vote by Friday.  Changes to...
Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a...
Jan
2016
5

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution
  A pair of initiatives in New York state are beginning to pay off for workers who fall victim to wage theft.  Both are aimed at protecting vulnerable workers, particularly those with varying levels of immigration status, from unscrupulous employers who seek to cheat the system.  In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new...
Jan
2016
4

$2.5M In Backpay Coming to Oregon Tradesmen for University’s Prevailing Wage Violations

$2.5M In Backpay Coming to Oregon Tradesmen for University's Prevailing Wage Violations
  A settlement has been reached between Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) which will result in the university paying a record $2.5 million for failing to correctly pay the prevailing wage to 325 workers.  On average, the workers will receive $7,700 before taxes for construction work they...
Jan
2016
4

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC’s 421-a Tax Break

Exposé Suggests Prevailing Wage Abuse at Buildings Benefiting from NYC's 421-a Tax Break
  A recent ProPublica piece on the 421-a tax abatement program in New York highlights some of the abuses workers face due to a lack of enforcement by the agencies charged with ensuring regulations are followed.  The controversial program is the city’s largest housing subsidy and has faced increased scrutiny since the state forced trade...
Dec
2015
9

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive

Suffolk Univ. Cuts Long-Time Ties With Anti-Union Institute; Institute Will Pursue Koch Money to Survive
  The relationship between Suffolk University and the conservative-leaning Beacon Hill Institute has ended following decades of questionable research from the Institute, which is an arm of the university’s economics department but must sustain itself financially through donations.  In recent years, many of the donations came from the Koch...
Nov
2015
5

Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Expected in KY Following Surprise Gov Election Result

Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  In what may have been the biggest surprise of election night 2015, Matt Bevin became the second Republican in 44 years to be elected governor of Kentucky.  The wealthy Louisville businessman, whose only political experience was unsuccessfully running against Mitch McConnell in the Republican Senate primary last year, used a...
Nov
2015
3

Death of a Salesman: MI Prevailing Wage Repeal Kaput After Fake, Duplicate Signatures Confirmed

Death of a Salesman: MI Prevailing Wage Repeal Kaput After Fake, Duplicate Signatures Confirmed
  Protect Michigan Taxpayers, the dark money group led by the Associated Builders and Contractors and the DeVos Family, has pulled their petition to have a prevailing wage repeal initiative appear on the 2016 ballot after their own analysis showed that many of the signatures they gathered were duplicates.  The likelihood of illegal...