Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

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...
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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...
Sep
2014
10

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate
  The Nevada Legislature is preparing for a special session to ratify an agreement between Tesla Motor Company and Gov. Brian Sandoval — an agreement which will bring a Tesla gigafactory to Northern Nevada in exchange for tax incentives — and the state’s Democrats are hoping to ensure that the deal will benefit the state’s...
Sep
2014
10

WA Iron Workers File NLRB Grievances Claiming Discrimination, Wage-Dodging by Out-of-Staters

  Washington state iron worker unions have banded together to file grievances with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against two out-of-town contractors on what has been billed “the largest public refrigerated warehouse in North America.”  According to their grievances, Indianapolis-based Victory Unlimited Construction...
Sep
2014
8

Quarter Million Dollar Prevailing Wage Payout Coming to Mistreated NY Construction Workers

  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 [&hellip...
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...
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...