Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

Nov
2016
18

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia’s Leading Economic Development Agency

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia's Leading Economic Development Agency
  The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which serves as Virginia’s leading economic development agency, is the subject of a scathing new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC). The watchdog agency says gross mismanagement left the VEDP open to fraud for the better part of two decades:...
Nov
2016
10

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal “Right-to-Work” Amendment

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal
  In one of the lone bright spots for the labor community on election night, Virginia voters rejected an amendment that would have enshrined the commonwealth’s “right-to-work” status in the state constitution. Virginia has had such a law since 1947, but the ballot measure would have made the law permanent, a uniquely...
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Oct
2016
12

THIS IS NOT A TEST: VA Ballot Measure Would Make “Right-to-Work” Virtually Irreversible

THIS IS NOT A TEST: VA Ballot Measure Would Make
  Virginia has had some form of Right-to-Work law on its books since 1947. Now the Republican state legislature would like to see that anti-union language immortalized in the state constitution. The only thing standing in their way? Voters, who will have the opportunity to approve or deny the measure at the ballot box in [&hellip...
Aug
2016
16

Organizing Victories Show Labor’s Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are “Looking Good”

Organizing Victories Show Labor's Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are
  Virginia is one of the least union-friendly enclaves in the country. It was a pioneer in right-to-work legislation, passing anti-labor laws way back in 1947. But workers from Newport News to Danville have reason to believe the tides may be turning in their favor: A total of 23,000 Virginians, including 460 at the Alcoa Howmet [&hellip...
Oct
2015
13

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov’s Executive Order

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov's Executive Order
  On October 6th, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 49 to expand registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth.  According to the governor’s office, the EO will help create 500,000 new jobs in Virginia.  McAuliffe’s aim is to help Virginia’s economy by providing new opportunities for young...
Sep
2015
3

Building Trades Leaders: VA’s Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change

Building Trades Leaders: VA's Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change
  A recent report on the Virginian-Pilot Online looks into the state’s misclassification problem and how recent efforts to curb the practice have not been enough to put a dent into its negative effects.  Last year, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order creating a task force on misclassification and payroll fraud.  The...
Nov
2014
3

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock’s Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock's Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging
  And the partisan bickering over the Dulles Metrorail expansion continues. The race for Virginia’s 10th congressional district is offering up yet another chapter in the never-ending saga of the Silver Line and its economic impact. (See our previous coverage of this issue here, here, here, and here.) On October 13th, Susan Falconer,...
Jul
2014
17

Virginia Is for Compliers: State Can Now More Easily Pursue Misclassification, Subcontracting Violators

  Virginia’s penalties for misclassifying workers in order to avoid paying insurance costs got a boost this month thanks to a new law.  The Virginia Workers Compensation Act made it easier for the state to take action against violators, according to Virginia Workplace Law: The civil penalty is now up to $250 per day for [&hellip...
Apr
2014
24

Could Rampant Gerrymandering Face a Real Foe in Virginia? We Have 7 Years to Find Out.

Could Rampant Gerrymandering Face a Real Foe in Virginia? We Have 7 Years to Find Out.
  A bipartisan group of Virginians is hoping to navigate the long process of changing the way the state redraws voting districts. Their aim is to give power back to the people and to curb the practice of gerrymandering.   OneVirginia2021 is gaining support for its efforts across the state despite having yet to propose [&hellip...
Dec
2013
18

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov’s Opposition

What About Bob? Contractors Entering into PLAs on Dulles Silver Line Despite Gov's Opposition
  When the second phase of the Dulles Silver Line project was taking shape, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) briefly became a hot topic in Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell found himself in hot topic hot water when an investigation into the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found that he had orchestrated the ouster of pro-PLA...
Aug
2013
27

Union Sportsman’s Alliance Volunteers Rebuild Walkways for Disabled York River State Park Visitors

Union Sportsman's Alliance Volunteers Rebuild Walkways for Disabled York River State Park Visitors
  Union volunteers affiliated through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are helping to create more accessible walkways in Virginia’s York River State Park to accommodate visitors with mobility issues.  Throughout August and September, volunteers will dig up the asphalt along the river’s handicapped trail which has been overgrown...
Aug
2013
14

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate’s Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated “Half-True” by Politifact

Half-False? VA Gov. Candidate's Dulles Corridor PLA Comments Rated
  In Virginia, the governor’s race between Terry McCaulife and Ken Cuccinelli has transportation as a central theme. For Cuccinelli, attempts to pander to the far right have caused him to roll out some real whoppers regarding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and their effect on the Dulles Metro Line bidding process. In a recent radio...