Archive for the ‘INDIANA’ Category

Feb
2016
1

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections
  Before the Indiana State Budget Committee, the State Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) testified that, as many economic experts predicted, the cost of public works projects has increased considerably since the July 1, 2015 repeal of the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  Much of the increase was caused by the absence…
Sep
2015
25

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage
  On Wednesday, the Portage School Board unanimously voted to approve a responsible bidding policy for work on school construction projects.  The move follows Portage Mayor James Snyder’s proposal of a similar ordinance citywide, which was passed by council.  The ordinances are considered necessary following the state legislature’s…
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Sep
2015
2

Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal

Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In order to counteract the negative effects of the state’s Common Construction Wage repeal, the Mayor of Portage, Indiana has proposed a “responsible bidder ordinance” which he hopes will prevent contractors from receiving city contracts and then delivering “shabby” work.   In April the state legislature voted in favor of…
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

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments
  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose repeal of the Common Construction Wage (CCW), Senate leaders decided to put off further discussion on the topic until later in the week.  HB 1019 would end the system that determines wages for publicly funded projects with price tags of $350,000…
Apr
2015
10

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor
  HB 1019 passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee by an 8-5 margin, meaning Republicans are one step closer to repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  All committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill except Sen. Ed Charbonneau, who joined Democrats in voting against the wage-crushing bill.   In order to…
Apr
2015
3

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP’s Wage-Slashing Extremism

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP's Wage-Slashing Extremism
  As the Indiana GOP continues its partisan effort to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW), labor advocacy groups are hitting the airwaves to take their counterpoint public.  The repeal is currently in the hands of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee after Labor Committee chair Phil Boots (R- Crawfordsville) said he did…
Mar
2015
27

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC
  Across the country, Republican legislators (and West Virginia’s governor) are pushing legislation to repeal or drastically alter prevailing wage requirements for construction projects. The effort has felt uncharacteristically coordinated since November’s elections, considering how long-standing many of these laws are. The…
Mar
2015
11

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue
  Fort Wayne councilman John Shoaff has introduced a bill to restore some of the powers stripped from city workers when the city council ended collective bargaining last year.  While Shoaff’s ordinance will not restore collective bargaining per se, it will restore workers’ rights to join a union (without making it mandatory).  The…
Mar
2015
10

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry
  Last week, the Fort Wayne Urban League announced the creation of BUILD, a three-week pre-apprenticeship program which seeks to diversify the local construction trades.  The program is a cooperative effort between the Building Trades, Urban League, and Indiana Plan Local Diversity.  With Fort Wayne expecting a record number of construction…
Mar
2015
3

Prevailing Wages Result in Economic Benefits that Outweigh Shortsighted ‘Taxpayer Savings’ Argument

  Rep. Chuck Moseley addresses his colleagues, saying the Common Construction Wage means “Hoosier taxes are staying right here in Indiana.” The anti-prevailing wage sentiment cropping up in GOP-led legislatures nationwide posits to be a cost-saving sentiment. Governments, the wage-crushers suggest, should pay workers less to build…
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the…