Chaz Bolte

Construction Workers Win Lawsuit Against Concrete Company in MA

In Massachusetts, a concrete company has been ordered to pay $161,000 in back pay and penalties for intentionally failing to comply with the prevailing wage.
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Google Bermuda Tax Haven Results in $2 Billion US Revenue Loss

The $9.8 billion moved to Bermuda is the equivalent of 80 percent of the company’s 2011 pretax profit.
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Papa John’s, Darden Restaurants Suffering Reputation Damage, Stock Value Loss Following Anti-Obamacare Statements

In the lead up to and immediate aftermath of the November general election, corporate leaders from both Papa John’s and Darden Resturaunts threatened job losses and hour slashing should President Obama be re-elected to implement the Affordable Care Act. Now, those same companies appear to be paying the publicity price for their vengeful comments.
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WI Activists Fight for Fair Airwaves, Aim to Hold Stations Accountable

Current standards call for fair time in the 60 days leading up to an election, but MAC found that WISN and WTMJ personalities worked as unofficial surrogates for Gov. Scott Walker granting him $744,000 of free air time in the first 15 days of the recall election cycle. By comparison, his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett received just $4,800.
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NJ Bridge Collapses for Second Time in Four Years

A picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes, it’s also worth several hundred gallons of toxic chemicals.
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Austin Considering Hourly Wage Boost to Avoid 'Corporate Entitlement Program'

Following Travis County, Texas’ passage of an ordinance requiring any company moving to the county and receiving a tax break to pay their workers a minimum of $11, the City of Austin is weighing a similar deal. This would raise wages for construction workers in Austin who currently have a prevailing wage of $7.50 per hour and marks a possible change in Texas construction policy where workers are generally subject to incredibly low wages.
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One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for Six Months, Another Could Face 14 Years


A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell,
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Michigan Tackles 'Right-to-Work' without the Chamber of Commerce

An interesting battle is about to play out during Michigan’s “lame duck” session. “Right-to-Work” legislation is being pushed despite the objections of Republican Governor Rick Snyder and one other unlikely voice of dissent: the state’s Chamber of Commerce.
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NY Governor Cuomo Designates $27M in Disaster Relief Funds to Provide Temporary Jobs to the Displaced

NY Governor Cuomo Designates $27M in Disaster Relief Funds to Provide Temporary Jobs to the Displaced
New York Governor and possible 2016 Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo is designating part of the state’s $27.7 million in disaster relief funds to provide temporary jobs for those who became unemployed because of the Hurricane Sandy.
The grant is being used to hire additional clean up help in the Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. The National Emergency Grant will provide temporary jobs for 5,000 workers.
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Labor Agreement Creates 300 Jobs for Oneida Indian Nation

Labor Agreement Creates 300 Jobs for Oneida Indian Nation
A newly-signed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Central and Northern New York Building Trades will provide much needed construction jobs throughout the winter months as construction begins on four new entertainment centers that will be added to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Dubbed “Exit 33,” the project will house a new country music venue, a rock and roll venue, a piano bar, and a yet-to-be named lounge. Thanks to the PLA, the $25 million multi-venue will employ local workers. This is the 7th PLA the Oneida Nation has entered into as it continues to turn its resort into a successful regional operation.
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