Posts Tagged ‘wages’

May
2015
27

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative
  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks, Michigan’s conservative right-wing is shifting its efforts to putting the issue on a voting ballot.  If successful, the move would effectively circumvent Gov. Rick Snyder, a vocal opponent of repeal.   The ballot initiative is being organized by the…
May
2015
18

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors
  Late last week the Michigan State Senate passed the bills that make up the Republican party’s attempt to repeal the prevailing wage law.  The package of bills will now move to the House where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to advance the legislation. Repeal is ostensibly opposed by Republican Gov. Rick [&hellip…;
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May
2015
13

Despite Gov’s Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings

Despite Gov's Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings
  In Michigan, the Senate Competitiveness Committee will hear Senate Bills 1,2, and 3 today, which together would repeal the prevailing wage in the state.  The long-rumored move had been pushed to the backburner after what many believed was an agreement between the two parties to hold off on repeal in exchange for Democratic support [&hellip…;
May
2015
13

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)
  Prevailing wage has become thee hot-button labor topic in the private sector this year, with Republicans in multiple states attempting to repeal the important worker protection. But in recently famous anti-union Wisconsin, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform has voted against recommending a bill which would have repealed the…
May
2015
13

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances
  A bill has advanced in the California Assembly that would extend labor protections to NFL cheerleaders and entitle them to minimum wages.  AB 202 would also require teams to pay their cheerleaders overtime and give them the same benefits afforded other team employees, such as paid sick leave.  After passing the Committee on Arts, [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
29

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards
A bill proposed by Maine State Sen. Chris Johnson would ensure that companies receiving tax breaks create decent paying jobs and are held accountable for their actions.  Maine LD 1287 was written following the Great Northern Paper Mill debacle, wherein the company received $16 million in tax credits and then closed its doors without repercussion….
Apr
2015
28

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system.  After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer.  It is [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that…
Apr
2015
23

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed
  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup lost wages and deny permits and licenses to companies with pending wage theft violations.  The proposal is similar to one passed in Santa Clara County last year.  San Jose’s version is being supported by city council members Don Rocha, [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
23

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy
  A new study from Smart Cities Prevail (SCP) found that prevailing wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California’s economy.  The study, titled “Building the Golden State – The Economic Impacts of California’s Prevailing Wage Policy,” also found that prevailing wage policies facilitate broad…
Apr
2015
16

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor
  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22 vote, repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  12 Republicans bucked the extremists in their party and voted against repeal, but it was not enough to save the 80-year-old system.  House Republicans will now caucus to decide whether to…
Apr
2015
14

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh…. (Prevailing Wage Edition)

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh.... (Prevailing Wage Edition)
  As the Wisconsin GOP moves forward with an attempt to repeal the prevailing wage, a new argument is afoot, one that wants reforms rather than repeal.  The labor movement and Democrats remain opposed to unnecessary tampering of any sort, and may not be too keen on these reforms. But there must be at least [&hellip…;