Posts Tagged ‘wages’

Sep
2015
17

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing
  Prior to the San Diego Chargers season opener, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez called on the team to begin paying its cheerleaders at least the minimum wage for the upcoming season.  Gonzalez, a long-time friend of labor and building trades union supporter, previously wrote a bill requiring professional sports teams to pay…
Sep
2015
10

Building Trades’ Bill to End Wage Disparities for CA Cement Drivers Clears Senate

  By a 24-13 tally the California State Senate voted in favor of Assembly Bill 219, which closes loopholes that previously exempted some drivers of ready-mixed concrete from receiving the prevailing wage on public works projects.  The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) and was sponsored by the State Building Trades,…
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Sep
2015
3

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise…
Sep
2015
1

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done
  In a piece for NextCity.org’s Equity Factor blog, writer Oscar Perry Abello views wage theft through the lens of Queens, NY, an area where labor centers and activists have made several positive changes to combat the epidemic.  While wage theft still exists in the NYC borough, groups like the Flushing Workers Center have given [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
3

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So
  An op-ed from The Toronto Star sheds light on the lack of effort being put into fighting wage theft by the Harper government and the effect it has on Canadian workers.  The conservative government under Harper is well-known for anti-unionism, but the unwillingness to fight common illegal behavior by businesses reveals how entrenched this…
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s…
Jul
2015
14

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since ’78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since '78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%
  A shocking new number from the Economic Policy Institute helps explain the stifling income inequality in the United States.  Between 1978 and 2014, inflation-adjusted CEO pay has risen from $1.5 million to $16.3 million, an unfathomable of 997 percent.  Over that same time period, the average private-sector production and non-supervisory…
Jul
2015
10

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget
  In a late-night vote this week, the Wisconsin state assembly sent a two-year, $72.7 billion budget to Gov. Scott Walker which partially repeals the prevailing wage but fails to fully repeal it as hardline conservatives desired.  Walker is expected to sign it swiftly so that he can announce his presidential candidacy on Monday with [&hellip…;
Jul
2015
8

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is “Some Shameful Shit”

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is
  To start a conversation about the gender pay gap, a Brooklyn bar last night offered women drinks at 77 cents on the dollar. That is the amount that women earn for every dollar men earn, according to the Department of Labor (the date was also 7/7). The Way Station, a Prospect Heights bar previously [&hellip…;
Jul
2015
6

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
  Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.   As part of the deal, Republicans agreed to eliminate these issues from the budget itself and instead take up [&hellip…;
Jul
2015
2

Litigation Is Thy Fate: Lobbyists Continue to Do Everything in Their Power to Pay H-2B Workers Poorly

  It’s round two for industry groups and workers’ rights advocates as they move forward with litigation based on proposed rules to the H-2B visa program, which allows American companies to hire foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs when American workers cannot be found.  As we have noted in the past, the system is plagued by…
Jul
2015
1

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity.  As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda.  The…