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Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
The Association of Builders and Contractors (a lobbying group for business OWNERS, not actually the CONSTRUCTION WORKERS themselves) is contemplating a legal suit against President Obama's executive order forbidding chronic workplace regulation violators from obtaining federal contracts.
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TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job

TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job
Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State. Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO. In that booming economy, the state's construction sites are 22 percent deadlier than the national average.
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$28M Cash Grab: Virginia Creates Taskforce Against Costly Misclassification and Payroll Fraud

$28M Cash Grab: Virginia Creates Taskforce Against Costly Misclassification and Payroll Fraud
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections. Executive Order 24 directs the state to create an interagency taskforce to help find ways to crack down on this costly practice.
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Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports
The OFCCP has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which will require certain federal contractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report concerning employee compensation.
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Suck It Up and Get Back to Work! Lobbyists Fighting Hard Against CA's Paid Sick Day Law

Suck It Up and Get Back to Work! Lobbyists Fighting Hard Against CA's Paid Sick Day Law
As we get closer to the end of the California legislative session, you see a lot more corporate types in fancy suits roaming in and around the Capitol. The goal? Stamp out worker-friendly bills. Near the top of their hit-list this year is AB 1522, an effort authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to allow all California workers to earn a few desperately needed paid sick days on the job.
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Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough
The Silicon Valley wage theft anti-trust lawsuit known as “Techtopus” will not be allowed to end with a whimper (or that sound the fax machine used to make). The judge overseeing the trial has struck down a $324 million settlement on the grounds that…wait for it…it’s not enough. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koch states that, given the nature of the case and the likely millions of workers it effects, the case cannot end with a settlement lower than what should be expected if it were to go to trial.
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'It Takes a Peculiar Form of Logic to Cut Pay Steadily and Then Be Shocked That Fewer People Want to Do the Job.'

'It Takes a Peculiar Form of Logic to Cut Pay Steadily and Then Be Shocked That Fewer People Want to Do the Job.'
Corporate America has become so parsimonious about paying workers outside the executive suite that meaningful wage increases may seem an unacceptable affront. In this environment, it may be easier to say “There is a shortage of skilled workers” than “We aren’t paying our workers enough,” even if, in economic terms, those come down to the same thing.
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UnFairPoint? Telecom Co Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from Unions

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from Unions
As of midnight on August 2nd, the six-year contract between FairPoint Communications, 1,700 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members, and 300 Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers expired. This is somewhat surprising, considering the unions have had a whopping 65 proposals rejected by management. They also say FairPoint has used some heavy-handed tactics throughout the process.
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This Student’s Story Shows What’s Wrong With The Tipped Minimum Wage

This Student’s Story Shows What’s Wrong With The Tipped Minimum Wage
You don’t get to be an actor by being shy, so it should not have surprised me that Olivia Russell would do something attention-getting while she was serving me and a guest earlier this week at the Carolina Kitchen, a small chain restaurant in Washington’s Brentwood neighborhood.
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Lose One for the Gipper: IL Gov Candidate Invokes Reagan in Threat to Shut Down State Government

Lose One for the Gipper: IL Gov Candidate Invokes Reagan in Threat to Shut Down State Government
A video has surfaced of Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner promising members of the Tazewell County GOP that he will shut down the state government and conduct a mass firing of public workers if elected. The comments came during a dinner held by the organization.
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