Posts Tagged ‘wages’

Jun
2015
29

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
26

Misclassification of Electricians as Laborers Puts New Bedford Co. $125,000 in the Hole

  A New Bedford-based solar company has been ordered to pay over $125,000 in back wages and penalties for violations of Massachusetts’ prevailing wage and hinderance laws.  The office of Attorney General Maura Healey claims that  Cavallo-Cavallo, Inc., doing business as Beaumont Solar Co., and owner Phillip V. Cavallo should pay...
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Jun
2015
26

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases
  Verizon Communications has offered a pay raise to its 38,000 East Coast wireline employees after starting its first negotiating session with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  The unions represent employees in nine eastern states and Washington D.C. who were covered...
Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
17

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action
  A class action lawsuit against information technology (IT) company Wipro claims that the company misclassified up to 200 employees in order to avoid paying them overtime wages.  The case was brought by Suri Payala, an Indian national who worked for Wipro on a L-1B visa as a computer technician.  L-1B visas allow foreign workers [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
17

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates
  On Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with a group of unions ruling that state labor officials must change the way they set the prevailing wage and fringe benefits for publicly funded projects.  In her 15-page opinion, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes argued that the Martinez administration has a duty to set rates based [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
17

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1
  The results of a new Michigan poll support labor movement claims that the prevailing wage is vital to a strong workforce and quality of life. It is bad news for extremists in the legislature who wish to move forward with repeal of the age-old law despite Republican governor Rick Snyder’s support of skilled tradespeople.  [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
11

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams
  Prevailing wage laws are once again a hot topic in West Virginia as the state’s Republicans are unhappy with the proposed calculation of the wage mandated by the law they put in place, SB 361. The law could now be in limbo for months.  On Monday, members of the Joint Committee on Government and [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
11

Funding for New L.A. Law Questioned: “We need enforcement now. There’s wage theft now.”

Funding for New L.A. Law Questioned:
  As the Los Angeles City Council looks to create a new office to enforce local wage laws as part of its minimum wage hike plan, many experts want to know how they will fund it.  The council has approved $500,000 to be used to hire five analysts for the new office by July 1st.  [&hellip...;
Jun
2015
1

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency
  The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will pay $80 million in back wages and penalties for their failure to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The decision resolves a grievance brought forward by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) in [&hellip...;
May
2015
29

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects

Bill de Base: NYC Mayor Supports Lowering Construction Wages on Affordable Housing Projects
  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is playing a divisive game with New York City’s labor unions as he works towards reforming the 412-a tax abatement program that is set to expire on June 15th.  The program grants tax abatements to developers who build and preserving affordable housing units in the city. It costs [&hellip...;
May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...;