Labor

Pay Up: Over $1 Million in CA Construction Labor Violations Accrued

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has wrapped up two separate investigations of contractors on public work projects who failed to properly pay their employees. The returned wages and fines between the two investigations total over $1 million. Among the many violations were failure to pay prevailing wages, failure to pay into fringe benefit programs, and failure to pay for weekend work and overtime.
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MI 'Right to Work' Law Doesn't Work, Say Opponents

Opponents of the controversial labor law are citing “incompetence” as the reasoning behind its passage.
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Palm Beach Votes Down New Wage Theft Ordinance

The Palm Beach County wage theft law was modeled after Miami-Dade's version. Miami-Dade’s wage theft law has already withstood a legal challenge. It has been estimated that contractors in Florida deprive workers of between $60-$90 million each year.
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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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Absurdity Today: Culture of Vultures!

The latest episode of Absurdity Today, the independent news parody series hosted by political satirist Julianna Forlano, covers Hostess selling its assets, vulture capitalism's reign of terror against Americans, the creeping surveillance state, the Lincoln movie's ending, and the end of Aspergers Syndrome. All in 2 minutes flat. Enjoy!
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Despite Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% - Lowest in Four Years

Despite Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% - Lowest in Four Years
Great news: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, nearly double the projections. What's more, the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, its lowest point in four years.
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DC is Shipping $386M in Wages to the Suburbs by Ignoring New Report

According to a new report from Good Jobs First, the building boom in the District of Columbia is not producing jobs for local residents despite recently strengthened local hiring ordinances.
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44 Workers Awarded $858K in Back Wages from Non-Union CA Subcontractor

In California, a plumbing subcontractor building the new math and science building at San Joaquin Delta College has been ordered to pay $858,840 in back wages to 44 workers by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
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Chinese Manufacturer, FOXCONN Looking To Build In US


This is great news and a sign of good things to come, we hope.
Apple iPhone manufacturer, FOXCONN is looking to build factories in the United States. They will possibly be focusing on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier, according to Digitimes.
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TIME-LAPSE: Construction of the Barclays Center In Brooklyn

Being a resident of Brooklyn, I can attest to the fact that the Barclays Center seemed to appear out of thin air. The construction site, in the shadow of the Atlantic Center subway and shopping vortex, quickly rose and became the focal point of a resurgent Prospect Heights neighborhood.
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