Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Feb
2013
5

SEA CHANGE? Second Group of Port Drivers Seeks Teamsters Unionization

SEA CHANGE? Second Group of Port Drivers Seeks Teamsters Unionization
Recently, conditions for truckers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports have deteriorated to the point where workers are banding together to unionize despite the imminent threat of job loss. As 2012 came to a close, drivers for the Australian Toll Group worked to certify the first union contract for port drivers since deregulation took place …
Feb
2013
4

Anti-Union ABC Opposes California High-Speed Rail Because Unions Helped Make It a Reality

In California, union workers are waiting to reap the rewards of their leadership’s long fought battle for High-Speed Rail (HSR). The jobs associated with the long-term project are expected to pay solid wages for years and set the new standard for infrastructure spending in the United States. If there is any doubt about how promising …
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Jan
2013
15

Teamsters Organizing Victory, Contract at L.A. Port Boasts Breakthroughs in Pay, Leave, Benefits

Teamsters Organizing Victory, Contract at L.A. Port Boasts Breakthroughs in Pay, Leave, Benefits
L.A. Toll Group drivers have ratified their first contract as members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters marking the first such contract in the dryage industry in 30 years. The workers, who haul apparel and merchandise from the L.A. Ports, will receive a $6 raise, paid sick leave, paid overtime, guaranteed shift hours, a pension …
Jan
2013
8

Registration Is Open for the 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference

Registration Is Open for the 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference
The 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference will be held on April 5-7 in Sacramento, CA. The event celebrates women who are leaders in the construction workplace, their communities and in their unions, is sponsored by the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and the State Building & Construction Trades…
Jan
2013
7

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen
For the past 12 years, apprentices at the Northern California Laborers Training Center have been taught cutting edge, construction industry-specific skills with an emphasis on safety. Apprentices in the LiUNA-run program are trained to work a diverse array of jobs while receiving valuable career advice before being sent to work sites to master…
Jan
2013
7

In Year-End Opinion, California Unions Win Special Rights to Picket in Business Entranceways

Unions enjoyed a victory in California before the year ended when the state Supreme Court ruled that picketing is allowed on privately owned walkways in front of businesses. The ruling allows unions to carry out this activity but not “protesters” or “signature gatherers.” The special privileges were deemed vital to the…
Dec
2012
20

CA Labor Commish: $1M in Fines, Wage Returns for Unscrupulous Pair “Should Serve as a Warning to Other Contractors Who Fail to Abide by Our Laws”

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has wrapped up two separate investigations of contractors on public work projects who failed to properly pay their employees. The returned wages and fines between the two investigations total over $1 million. Among the many violations were failure to pay prevailing wages, failure to pay into fringe benefit…
Dec
2012
7

With Sterling Workers’ Rights Record and Early Endorsements, SD Labor Council Leader Eyes Assembly Seat

With Sterling Workers' Rights Record and Early Endorsements, SD Labor Council Leader Eyes Assembly Seat
The secretary-treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, Lorena Gonzalez, has announced that she will be running to represent California’s 80th District in the State Assembly in 2016. A rising star in SoCal Democratic circles, Gonzalez has decided to take her skills and dedication to Sacramento. She is known for having…
Nov
2012
26

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction
Of the $11 billion in construction bonds approved in California this November, the largest portion by far came from the $2.8 billion property tax measure (Proposition Z) to finance current and future facility needs for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). It is also one of the largest projects in the region to include …
Nov
2012
19

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”
San Diego’s $520 million Convention Center expansion will hire local workers and veterans. This is a significant step forward for local construction workers that have been impacted by the downturn, with shovels in the ground expected sometime next year. This is even more interesting, because it comes on the heels of an anti-union ballot in …
Nov
2012
19

California Passed Over 100 Revenue Increases for Construction this Election, Will Create Over $12B of School Upgrades

According to a press release from the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC), “the passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry,” and was accomplished largely through union activism. Per the release… 85 School Bond Measures and…
Nov
2012
12

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations
Labor unions have agreed to drop their legal opposition to the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center after prime contractor Clark/Hunt agreed to a labor agreement that will “ensure consistent benefits for both union and non-union subcontractors.” Unions were concerned that local workers would not be able to work on the…