Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

Apr
2013
5

Belman: Repealing the Prevailing Wage Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook

Belman: Repealing the Prevailing Wage Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook
As the attack on prevailing wages heats up in Michigan, Dale Belman, a professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University, has stepped forward with a rebuttal of prevailing wage detractors’ claims. Belman argues that the numbers used by opponents of the prevailing wage are flawed at best and ...
Apr
2013
5

“The federal budget for protecting workers is half what the federal government allots to protect fish and wildlife.”

There is often nowhere to turn for workers experiencing the harmful long-term effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals.  The government agency entrusted with monitoring worker safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been accused of having a shortsighted view of worker safety wherein they investigate the here and...
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Apr
2013
4

Longtime LiUNA! Member Is First Person to Announce Candidacy for Boston Mayor

Longtime LiUNA! Member Is First Person to Announce Candidacy for Boston Mayor
The Mayor’s office in Boston isn’t exactly a bastion of high turnover. Since 1968, only three men have held the position — Kevin White from ’68-84, Raymond Flynn from ’84-93, and Thomas Menino from ’93 until the present. Now, with Menino opting not to run for a sixth term due to illness, all eyes are ...
Apr
2013
3

New Ground is Broken as NLRB Will Oversee Charter School Union Election in Philadelphia

New Ground is Broken as NLRB Will Oversee Charter School Union Election in Philadelphia
In a good news item for organized labor, a union organizing election later this month at the New Media Technology Charter School in northwest Philadelphia will be overseen by the National Labor Relations Board instead of the Pennsylvania state board. The vote will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and has been two ...
Apr
2013
3

Building Trades Prez: Union Apprenticeship Program Equal in Size to 4th Largest Public University System

Building Trades Prez: Union Apprenticeship Program Equal in Size to 4th Largest Public University System
Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO) President Sean McGarvey recently gave an interview to the Engineering News-Record in which he discusses the role unions play in the construction industry beyond the physical construction of buildings. The perception of union work is that it is highly skilled, safe, and provides a quality...
Apr
2013
3

200 People Protest NV Assemblyman’s Attempt to Undermine Prevailing Wages, Overtime Pay

200 People Protest NV Assemblyman's Attempt to Undermine Prevailing Wages, Overtime Pay
Over 200 union workers stood outside the Nevada legislature in protest as the Nevada Assembly Government Affairs Committee debated a proposed law that would make drastic changes to the state’s prevailing wage standards. The bill, sponsored by Republican Assemblymen Pat Hickey, would change the threshold for prevailing wages to kick in from...
Apr
2013
3

Amidst Cacophony of Guest Worker Deal Chatter, Farm Workers Score Big H-2B Wage Victory in the Courts

U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis granted farm worker groups a permanent injunction after finding that the Labor Department’s 2008 Wage Rule “directly contradicts” the Immigration and Nationality Act. That act, from 1952, created the H-2B visa program which allows employers to bring in temporary guest workers from other...
Apr
2013
2

EFFECT and EFFECT: NYC’s Paid Sick Days Bill to Go Into Effect in 2014, Effect Similar Battles Across US Immediately

A deal has been struck by the New York City Council to pass mandatory paid sick days. Although it is likely to be vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch opponent of the bill, the council reportedly has enough votes to override the veto. The bill is the result of a three-year battle fought by ...
Apr
2013
2

Cincinnati City Council Votes 8-0 to Bolster Prevailing Wage Standards

Cincinnati City Council Votes 8-0 to Bolster Prevailing Wage Standards
In Cincinnati, the City Council has passed new legislation that would mandate across the board prevailing wages on any project that receives more than 30 percent of its investment from the city. The new standard goes beyond the state’s requirement that prevailing wages be paid on any portion of a project that is publicly funded. ...
Apr
2013
2

PA County Hires World Class Union-Buster (and Recluse Loser) Ahead of Human Services Department Unionization Vote

In affluent Chester County, PA, attempts by the Human Services Department to unionize are being met by hired gun Peter List, a union busting wingnut who was formerly a CWA steward. The employees attempting to unionize have scheduled an authorization vote but county commissioners are bringing in the heavy anti-union artillery in order to ensure ...
Apr
2013
1

Launch of LaborMail Enables Crowd-Sourced, Union-Funded Labor Journalism

Launch of LaborMail Enables Crowd-Sourced, Union-Funded Labor Journalism
Prometheus Labor Communications has introduced LaborMail, a union-owned and operated email hosting service which dedicates 25 percent of its revenues (not it profits) to underwrite the work of labor journalists. Prometheus Labor Communications workers are members of UE Local 274 and its owner, Steve Dondley, is a member of OPEIU Local 6. The...
Apr
2013
1

Seven Contractors Smacked with $300,000 in Fines Stemming from Prevailing Wage Violations

In California, seven contractors have been fined a total of $313,705 for failing to pay the prevailing wage on work done to expand a highway near the new Wal-Mart in Kerman. Valley Vanguard Properties Inc. is the general contractor on the project where subcontractors include Barracuda Construction Inc., Fresno Prestige Electric Corp. and Safety...