Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Sep
2015
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Holy Wage Theft! Televangelist Sued for Child Labor, Minimum Wage Violations

Holy Wage Theft! Televangelist Sued for Child Labor, Minimum Wage Violations
  The Department of Labor (DOL) has charged televangelist Ernest Angley with various violations of the Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation of his Cathedral Buffet in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  According to the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Angley paid his employees illegally low wages and engaged in...
Sep
2015
3

Building Trades Leaders: VA’s Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change

Building Trades Leaders: VA's Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change
  A recent report on the Virginian-Pilot Online looks into the state’s misclassification problem and how recent efforts to curb the practice have not been enough to put a dent into its negative effects.  Last year, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order creating a task force on misclassification and payroll fraud.  The...
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Sep
2015
3

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise...
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...
Sep
2015
1

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done
  In a piece for NextCity.org’s Equity Factor blog, writer Oscar Perry Abello views wage theft through the lens of Queens, NY, an area where labor centers and activists have made several positive changes to combat the epidemic.  While wage theft still exists in the NYC borough, groups like the Flushing Workers Center have given [&hellip...;
Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
Aug
2015
20

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill
  In Seattle, a massive bill that would strengthen the city’s labor laws is currently making its way around Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The proposed bill would include stiffer penalties for businesses that break the law, would better compensate workers who are not given sick days, and would allow workers more options to file complaints...
Aug
2015
20

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations
  A Department of Labor Wage and Workplace Standards Division investigation into 25 nail salons in Connecticut resulted in 23 closures due to wage violations.  State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer reported that the state recovered more than $62,000 owed to employees, mostly for minimum wage violations.  Palmer indicated that the state...
Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who...
Aug
2015
12

Olsen Twins’ Entertainment Co. Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Intern Abuse

Olsen Twins' Entertainment Co. Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Intern Abuse
  Hard work for no pay? You got it, dude!   A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that the Olsen twins’ company, Dualstar Entertainment, overworked and failed to pay or provide college credit to interns.  The lawsuit seeks class action status for an estimated 40 workers and argues that the workers were misclassified...
Aug
2015
12

Driver Assaults — and One Stabbing — at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran

Driver Assaults -- and One Stabbing -- at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran
  Members of Teamsters Local 104 who work for Sun Tran in Tucson, Arizona have gone on strike demanding improvements to the health and safety conditions at their workplace.  The Collective bargaining agreement covering more than 530 Teamsters expired on midnight of August 6th.  The week prior the union members received the company’s...
Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...;