Posts Tagged ‘wages’

Dec
2016
21

Massive Wage Theft Recovery is One of Alaska’s Largest Worker Wins in State History

Massive Wage Theft Recovery is One of Alaska's Largest Worker Wins in State History
  The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development just landed one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in state history. The department’s Wage and Hour Administration secured $835,000 in overtime and liquidated damages for 159 employees of Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants and Taco King, Inc,: A recent investigation by...
Dec
2016
9

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP
  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could result in savings of 44%. But a new report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) – “Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in ’44 Percent Savings'” – challenges that assertion. MEPI takes particular issue with a 2015...
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Nov
2016
16

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump's $1T Infrastructure Plan
  On its face, Donald Trump’s promise to invest one trillion dollars into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure looks like a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the the U.S. a D+ on infrastructure and decades of underfunding have left us in serious need of an overhaul. The ASCE estimates that it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
10

Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Freelance Isn't Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers
  The City Council of New York unanimously passed legislation late last month designed to protect freelancers against wage theft. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act imposes stiff penalties on employers who fail to pay their freelancers promptly. It is an early attempt to contend with the policy challenges presented by the emerging “gig...
Sep
2016
7

Clinton at Labor Day Rally: “We will be absolutely strong in our support for unions”

Clinton at Labor Day Rally:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent Labor Day at a picnic in Northwest Illinois celebrating with union members and leaders, inclduing International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Lonnie R. Stephenson and United Auto Workers (UAW) President Dennis Williams. Secretary Clinton attended the event for the...
Aug
2016
31

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages
  Economy sagging? Don’t fret. All you need to do is turn the clock back 40 years! That’s right, according to a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report, private sector wages are suffering in part because of a decline in organized labor: Unions, especially in industries and regions where they are strong, help boost the [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers

REPORT: $6.2B in Annual Government Aid Required to Support Poorly Paid Walmart Workers
  Walmart does not pay its workers very well, but that’s not a reason to write a blog post at this point, is it? What about if they paid so poorly that it cost the United States twelve times what we spend on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, they do. According to a [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit
  The wage gap between teachers and professionals with the same level of education is at a record high.  According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average weekly wage of a pubic school teacher in 1994 was only 1.8% lower than that of comparable professionals. Last year that figure reached an [&hellip...
Jul
2016
6

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep’s Withdrawal of Support

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep's Withdrawal of Support
  Democrats and Republicans were nearly able to agree on something in time for Independence Day weekend, but luckily failed. In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, it ain’t over till it’s over. After joining forces with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to introduce the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (H.R. 5580), Rep....
Jul
2016
5

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal
  Wisconsin lawmakers are at it again. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) claimed that flaggers on state road projects make $100,000 a year. He did so in an attempt to support his call to eliminate the state’s prevailing wage. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, however, it seems...
Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
Jun
2016
14

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota's Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger
  At the end of 2014, Minnesota Governor and all-around people’s champion Mark Dayton signed a “Responsible Contractor” bill into law. It aimed to ensure that contractors take such quantum compliance leaps as having a federal tax identification number, obeying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance requirements,...