April 25, 2017

19th Annual NAFC Conference – Nashville, TN, Sept. 24 – 26, 2017

NAFC will be holding its next Annual Conference in 2017 in Music City U.S.A., Nashville, Tennessee. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, in the heart of the city. NAFC’s National Conference is attended by several hundred participants from across the nation, including representatives from labor organizations, fair contractors, fair contracting […]

USDOL Wage & Hour Division Announces 2017 Prevailing Wage Seminars

Join us at a Prevailing Wage Seminar in your region in 2017! The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Prevailing Wage Seminars (Prevailing Wage Seminars) are three-day compliance trainings designed for regional stakeholders (unions, private contractors, state agencies, federal agencies and workers). In these seminars, conference participants will learn about the following: The Davis-Bacon Act and […]

Total netted from state’s misclassification fight exceeds $1.1 million

By: Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com March 15, 2017 4:54 pm State officials’ efforts to crack down on companies that misclassify direct employees as independent contractors has generated more than $1 million for the state’s unemployment-benefits system over the past few years. The state began stepping up its enforcement of misclassification laws several years ago. Since then, […]

Trump Cuts Leave Bridge and Rail Projects Hanging

By HIROKO TABUCHI APRIL 5, 2017 When President Trump pledged during the campaign to spend $1 trillion to restore America’s crumbling bridges and roads, supporters across the country cheered. A leaked list of the Trump administration’s priority projects seemed to speak to the scope of the president’s ambitions: a high-speed rail line linking Houston and […]

Workers cheated as federal contractors prosper

A Center analysis found that government agencies paid $18 billion over an 18-month period to companies with wage violations By Talia Buford, Maryam Jameel April 6, 2017 4:54 … “I knew it was a federal building, but since everyone else was paying low wages, too, I just figured that’s how it was supposed to be,” […]

“Right-to-Work” Laws in the Midwest Have Reduced Unionization and Lowered Wages

Published by Frank Manzo IV, MPP APRIL 3, 2017 Recent “right-to-work” laws have had negative consequences for many workers in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. The analysis focuses on labor markets in six Midwest states from […]

Contractors Make Case Against Prevailing Wage Repeal

Published by Frank Manzo IV, MPP APRIL 3, 2017 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Union and non-union contractors are voicing their opposition to a Missouri House proposal to eliminate a minimum wage requirement for public works projects. The Coalition of Construction Contractor Associations, representing around 100,000 Missouri workers, told reporters in Jefferson City Wednesday what a […]

California’s middle-class job of the future: Road worker

The state legislature’s approval of a massive infrastructure plan Thursday night promises a $50 billion investment in road and bridge repair over the next 10 years. That money is expected to drive a surge in the demand for construction workers and apprentices in California. Andrea Bernstein – April 07 2017 The work will be funded […]

Proposed Prevailing Wage Changes Would Hurt the Ohio Economy

Midwest Economic Policy Institute – Blog A new study finds that weakening or repealing Ohio’s prevailing wage standard is unlikely to save taxpayer dollars. In fact, a weaker policy would increase taxpayer burdens as construction worker incomes decrease and their reliance on public assistance increases. A weaker law would also mean fewer resources for apprenticeship […]

Sen. Wallingford seeks to fix, not repeal prevailing wage

Thursday, March 30, 2017 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian State Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, wants to fix rather than repeal Missouri’s prevailing wage law. “I think most people realize this needs some fixes,” he said. Gov. Eric Greitens has called for a repeal of the law, which requires contractors to pay a state-determined […]

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