Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’

Aug
2016
10

MA’s Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women’s Wages Down

MA's Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women's Wages Down
  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will sign a pay equity bill into law next week. The bill requires employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work and prevents any employer from asking job-seekers for their salary history. Massachusetts will be the first state in the U.S. to pass a pay equity law. Many [&hellip…;
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office…
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May
2016
19

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA
  In a post titled “You Won’t Read About This!,” United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12 business manager, Harry Bretty, highlights the 58th Annual Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Breakfast, at which almost $590,000 in scholarships were awarded to the children of union members.   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO website…
Dec
2015
17

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities
  In an effort to further diversify the construction trades, the Southeast Massachusetts Building Trades are moving forward with plans to create a pre-apprenticeship program for women and minorities.  The organization is taking the advice of the Women’s Fund’s Task Force on Pathways to a Living Wage, a partnership of 30…
May
2015
14

Mass. Study Reveals Misclassification “Epidemic” Despite Crackdown; ABC Opposes Important New Bills

  New research from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst claims that wage theft “has reached epidemic levels” in the Bay State.  The paper, The Epidemic of Wage Theft in Residential Construction in Massachusetts, concludes that wage theft in the construction industry has grown exponentially since the great recession and particularly…
Nov
2014
28

MA’s Paid Sick Leave Policy Was Passed with Labor’s Help, but Could Hurt Some Union Members

  In an unfortunate turn of events for unionized workers in Massachusetts, the legal principle of preemption could disqualify some members from paid sick leave under the state’s recently approved ballot initiative.  Labor unions were a driving force in Question 4’s passage by a 60 to 40 percent margin, but legal precedent may…
Nov
2014
12

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State’s Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State's Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos
  In the Massachusetts elections, voters overwhelmingly beat back Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s gambling laws and halted construction of two casinos in the Bay State.  As we wrote last month, the ballot question was worded in such a manner that yes meant no and no meant yes. But potential voter confusion [&hellip…;
Oct
2014
21

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere
  The election home stretch is upon us, which means controversy is cropping up in every crevice of the nation. In Massachusetts it is taking the form of a poorly worded ballot question that will decide the fate of a Plainville casino and the jobs it would bring. Eyebrows have been raised by the wording [&hellip…;
Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse…
Jul
2014
24

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,…
May
2014
30

Expand and Modernize: MA’s New Early Voting Legislation Encourages Maximum Participation

Expand and Modernize: MA's New Early Voting Legislation Encourages Maximum Participation
  New legislation signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick will expand Massachusetts’ early voting and make it easier to register to vote.  The law will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister in addition to allowing of-age voters to register online.  Massachusetts becomes the 33rd state to allow early voting. Voters will be…
Apr
2014
22

MA Residents Question Pulte’s Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction

MA Residents Question Pulte's Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction
  In Sherborn, Massachusetts, local residents are raising concerns about a proposed senior center due to the contractor’s penchant for questionable work and a history of failing to pay its employees.  The 66-unit housing complex will be built by Pulte Homes, which in 2012 was ordered to pay over $400,000 in back wages after an [&hellip…;