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Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout

Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout
The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 did not meet this requirement.
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
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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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More Shutdown Fallout: Judge Rules Government Wrongfully Underpaid 1.3M 'Essential Employees'

More Shutdown Fallout: Judge Rules Government Wrongfully Underpaid 1.3M 'Essential Employees'
Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Elaine Campbell-Smith has determined that the U.S. government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying 1.3 million essential workers “on time” during last year’s government shutdown. Under the FLSA, workers are expected to receive minimum wages and overtime pay on their scheduled paydays.
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ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'

ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'
The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment. The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers. The survey also showed that wages are rising and echoed arguments made by Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen that discouraged workers would return to the labor force when the economy improved.
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Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA

Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA
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, unemployment insurance premiums, penalties and fines following over one thousand investigations. Since its inception, the JTF has recovered over $56 million.
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Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining

Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining
Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys. The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the bill have fallen along party lines:
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First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On

First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On
San Francisco is looking to join the $15/hr minimum wage bandwagon. After Seattle passed a living wage referendum, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to push for the increase, being the second in what we can hope to be waves of cities finally giving workers a better chance to succeed.
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Men Not at Work: Over 25% of US Males Age 25-34 Earned Poverty Level Wages in 2013

Men Not at Work: Over 25% of US Males Age 25-34 Earned Poverty Level Wages in 2013
The Economic Policy Institute recently released shocking numbers which show over one-fourth of men between the ages of 25-34 earned poverty level wages in 2013. The same numbers have dropped for women in recent decades, while they more than doubled for men since 1979. In 2013, the poverty line was calculated as working full-time, year round, while earning $11.49 an hour or less.
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