Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Jul
2016
22

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court
  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act. For the fourth time in as many years, the law was found to be discriminatory, disproportionately affecting blacks and Latinos. The identification requirements are considered the strictest in the nation: Senate Bill 14...
Nov
2015
12

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse
  The Houston Chronicle this week revealed the extent to which H-2B visas are being used in Texas and detailed the ways the Texas State Building and Construction Trades Council (TXBCTC) has been fighting against them on behalf of the region’s workers.  H-2B visas are granted to temporary foreign workers in cases when there are [&hellip...
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Sep
2015
22

MAN OF STEAL: Texas Hands Down First Ever Conviction of a Company Owner for Wage Theft

MAN OF STEAL: Texas Hands Down First Ever Conviction of a Company Owner for Wage Theft
  A landmark decision has been handed down in El Paso, where a jury convicted the owner of Sun City Roofing on charges of wage theft.  The conviction is the first of its kind in Texas under a 2011 law passed by State Senator Jose Rodriguez.  The law, Senate Bill 1024, revised the penal code [&hellip...
Sep
2015
3

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)
  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite political opposition.  In early August the Regional Transportation Council decided to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep planning efforts in place for the portion of the system that would connect Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas.  The second phase of...
May
2015
11

Paycheck Deception Passes Texas Senate; No House Companion Bill Yet in Sight

Paycheck Deception Passes Texas Senate; No House Companion Bill Yet in Sight
  SB 1968, which would prohibit unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks, was passed on a party line vote in the Texas Senate last week.  The “paycheck deception” bill, as labor representatives describe it, would require public employees to pay their dues directly to the union rather than being able to opt for...
Jan
2015
16

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in…Texas.

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in...Texas.
  The Texas legislature began its 2015 session with Democrats introducing pro-worker bills.  Among them are various attempts to raise the minimum wage, which remains at the federal level of $7.25 an hour.  One bill, from Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, would raise the wage to $10.10 an hour, while another bill from Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon...
Aug
2014
18

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
May
2014
16

Texas Surprises with House Committee Meetings Trumpeting Construction Safety, Training, Pay Standards

  The Texas House Business and Industry Committee continues to hold exploratory meetings in preparation for major changes to worker misclassification and compensation standards in the construction industry, and a ‘who’s who’ of business and labor leaders are coming out in unified support of the increased regulations. In These...
Apr
2014
24

Texas CEO on Misclassification Epidemic: “It is difficult to be in business with strong convictions.”

  As we wrote last week, the Texas House of Representatives will be holding a committee hearing to explore what more can be done to curb the illegal misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  Gov. Rick Perry signed a limited crackdown of the practice into law last year, but many business leaders and politicians want [&hellip...
Apr
2014
15

Bipartisan Interest In Ending Construction Worker Misclassification Drives Continued Reform in Texas

  A misclassification hearing has been set in the Texas House of Representatives to gather testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year.  On April 24th, the House Business and Industry Committee will convene at the state capitol to inquire about what more can be done [&hellip...
Feb
2014
26

AFL-CIO Exec Council Meeting Reveals Gains Made in TX Through Worker Center Partnerships

AFL-CIO Exec Council Meeting Reveals Gains Made in TX Through Worker Center Partnerships
  The AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting, held last week in Houston, featured the unexpected faces of the men and women representing recent progress in the Texas construction industry.  The gathering, once reserved for union presidents, now welcomes non-union workers and social justice activists.   In aligning with worker centers, a decision...
Jan
2014
16

New Texas Misclassification Law In Effect, Won’t Cover Residential, Commercial Construction

  On January 1st, Texas’ HB 2015 went into effect placing harsher penalties on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors on public works projects.  Despite representing an uptick in crackdown, some say the bill does not go far enough, doing little to even the playing field in residential and commercial...