Posts Tagged ‘Labor’

Jan
2015
27

New Report Makes Negative Impact of Misclassification on TX Economy Crystal Clear(er)

  The Texas Legislature has released a bipartisan report on employee misclassification which argues that “companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal immigration, among other serious problems.”  The report comes after a nearly year-long investigation by the…
Jan
2015
21

One of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice

One of Michelle Obama's State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice
  Considering this site’s frequent focus on skilled trades apprenticeship, it seems only fitting to celebrate the recognition by the Obama administration of a union apprentice whose live was forever changed by the opportunity to train with the Laborers International Union of America. Below is a press release from North America’s…
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Jan
2015
14

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites
  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Special Commission on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail Projects has released a report after looking into what the contracts have delivered on infrastructure and construction projects.  Established in August of 2012, the commission was made up of five members appointed by…
Jan
2015
9

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium

PLA-Okay: Deal Approved for Major CA Water Project, Early Goals Being Met on Kings New Stadium
  A major Interlake Tunnel Project was given the green light in California last month after the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the estimated $63 million construction.  The approval was linked to Assembly Bill 155 (AB 155) which requires a “design-build” method as opposed to the traditional “design-bid-build”…
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray…
Jan
2015
8

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing “Right-to-Work” Ordinances Despite State’s Opposition

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing
  In Western Kentucky an ordinance at year’s end made Warren County the first county in the nation to pass a “Right-to-Work” law.  The decision was approved by Warren County Fiscal Court after magistrates passed the legislation on a 5-1 vote.  Warren County is home to the city of Bowling Green, where Chevy builds its [&hellip…;
Jan
2015
7

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin “Right-to-Work” Law

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin
  As Wisconsin Republicans attempt to build momentum for the formal introduction of “Right-to-Work” legislation, a group representing over 300 private businesses is speaking out against the anti-worker move.  The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) announced Monday that it would defeat “Right-to-Work” if it is brought before the…
Jan
2015
7

First Veto-Proof GOP Majority in 83 Years Could Spell Trouble for West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage

  Prevailing wage laws could be in jeopardy in West Virginia, where the GOP has gained control of both legislative houses beginning in 2015. The majority is large enough to override a gubernatorial veto and the state’s farthest right-leaning, “free market” experts are pushing to use the newfound power to eliminate the prevailing wage. …
Jan
2015
7

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is “Jaw Dropping”

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is
  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s top wage-law enforcer, David Weil, said that “jaw dropping” labor violations demand tougher action.  Weil heads the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for getting companies to abide by basic labor laws.  He touched on employee…
Dec
2014
16

“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced…
Dec
2014
16

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America…
Dec
2014
11

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created
  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new union jobs will be added across the country.  The announcement of employment expansion came after months of discussions between UPS and the Teamsters.   In late April the new contract took effect.  It covers 240,000 Teamsters and is the largest…