Posts Tagged ‘rhode island’

Feb
2016
12

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI’s Infrastructure

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI's Infrastructure
  The Rhode Island legislature is currently debating a plan which would raise tolls on big-rig trucks in order to pay for long overdue infrastructure improvements. Known as RhodeWorks, the plan is supported by a wide array of groups and would help the department of transportation fund a massive infrastructure overhaul in a state where...
Sep
2015
16

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement

RI Misclassification, Prevailing Wage Settlement Shows Power of Proper Enforcement
  A Rhode Island construction company will pay more than $730,000 in back wages and penalties after failing to pay the prevailing wage and misclassifying employees as independent contractors during work on the University of Rhode Island’s new wellness center. The settlement was the first significant action that Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s...
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Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
Dec
2014
12

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification
  The Rhode Island Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification has announced the creation of a new telephone tip line so the state’s workers can anonymously report allegations of misclassification.  The task force is made up of six state agencies and works to protect not only the state’s workers, but the...
Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse...
Apr
2014
4

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill
  The Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard two bills this week that endorse wildly different strategies for how the state can promote apprenticeship programs.  The committee heard arguments for and against HB 7623 and HB 7697, the former of which aims to ensure that the state has a ready supply of skilled construction workers [&hellip...
Mar
2014
25

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed’s Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed's Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News
  In late February, WPRI 12 in Providence aired a segment about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that featured a “local non-union contractor” arguing that the agreements give an unfair advantage to unions.  The contractor was Anne Powers, President of American Tele-Connect and a director of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...
Oct
2013
21

REPORT: Dem Candidate for RI Gov Undermined Public Pension System to Curry Wall St. Favor

REPORT: Dem Candidate for RI Gov Undermined Public Pension System to Curry Wall St. Favor
  A new investigation conducted by Former SEC Investigator and Forbes columnist Ted Siedle uncovers the misdeeds of Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo during her handling of the state’s Employee Retirement System.   Commissioned by AFSCME, the report, “Rhode Island Public Pension Reform: Wall Street’s License to...