Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

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…
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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…
Jul
2013
18

Housekeeper Enslaved in Virginia for Three Years Wins $1.1 Million in Backpay

  Former World Bank employee Emma Zegarra is being forced to pay $1.1 million in back wages and restitution to Virginia Carazani, whom she kept enslaved in her Vienna, Virginia home for over three years. Carazani’s escape was facilitated by a good samaritan and the FBI. A legal complaint ensued in January of 2012.   [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
17

IBEW Apprentices Share Their Experiences on ‘Get Charged Up’ Blog

IBEW Apprentices Share Their  Experiences on 'Get Charged Up' Blog
  Young electricians making their way through the NECA-IBEW apprenticeship program have been sharing their experiences via a blog that allows those interested in a potential career in the trades to hear directly about this transformative process.  The apprentices’ blogs, part of the Get Charged Up website, gives apprentices an…
Jul
2013
2

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won’t Likely Target “Right-to-Work” Status

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won't Likely Target
  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been taking his case directly to the working people of the commonwealth, promising to help unions restore their power in the state if elected.  The former head of the Democratic National Committee who, as a 22-year old National Financial Director for Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign…