Posts Tagged ‘wages’

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…;
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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,…
Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip…;
Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations…
Apr
2016
6

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts
  A new academic paper from a trio of professors in the state of Alabama has concluded that unionization pays big dividends for professors at regional public universities.  In total, full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of $21,000 more — a 25 percent boost — in pay and benefits when they belong…
Mar
2016
18

Sens. Brown and Murray Unveil National Wage Theft Bill to Stiffen Penalties, Empower Workers

Sens. Brown and Murray Unveil National Wage Theft Bill to Stiffen Penalties, Empower Workers
  In an attempt to curtail wage theft on the national level, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, which would enhance existing protections as well as add new tools to fight the wage theft epidemic.  If passed, the bill would stiffen penalties for [&hellip…;
Mar
2016
18

NY Congressman with Anti-Worker History Accused of Illegally Underpaying Workers

NY Congressman with Anti-Worker History Accused of Illegally Underpaying Workers
  A company that is owned by Congressman Chris Collins has been…
Mar
2016
11

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses
  The El Paso City Council has passed an amendment to its existing wage theft ordinance that will allow it to withhold city licenses from businesses that have been found guilty of wage theft.  Prior to last night’s vote the city could only crack down on businesses that had contracts with the city.  The vote [&hellip…;