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Report: Prevailing wage reduces pay inequality in construction

March 29 -- A recent study published jointly by two respected Midwest research centers has concluded that while the prevailing wage benefits all workers on state public works projects, it bestows an even greater benefit on African Americans. (Read More)

Carol Kim on the gig economy

March 19, 2018 - San Diego Building Trades political director Carol Kim lent an old-school twist today on the new trend in employment - the gig economy. (Read More)

ABC-honored firm was contractor in fatal Florida bridge collapse

March 16, 2016 -- The right-wing, anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors every year gives out what the ABC calls its “Excellence in Construction Awards.” One of last year's winners was Munilla Construction Management out of Miami, Fla. On Thursday, one of MCM's projects, a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, collapsed over traffic below. Six people were killed. (Read More)

The importance of pre-apprenticeship

Jan. 30, 2018 - Earlier this month, officials at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility invited State Building Trades Northern California Regional Director Bob Jennings to speak at the institution's Inmate Ward Labor Program graduation ceremony. Bob's talk about the importance of pre-apprenticeship has become even more relevant with the introduction of Senate Bill 825 by state Sen. Jim Beall that would expand pre-apprenticeship throughout the entire prison system. Here's what Bob had to say: (Read More)

New study minimizes impact of prevailing wage on affordable housing construction

Jan. 25, 2018 -- A study that is about to be published by the Berkeley Planning Journal says that when it comes to building subsidized affordable housing, the prevailing wage is responsible for only a minimal increase in the overall cost of such projects. (Read More)

High Speed Rail rolls over GOP job killers

Republican legislators Jim Patterson and Andy Vidak did their best this week to try and kill 1,582 critically-needed jobs in the San Joaquin Valley. (Read More)

Labor Cops Step It Up on Wage Theft, but More Work Needed

Dec. 19, 2017 -- The good news is that in 2016, state and federal labor departments and attorneys general recovered $1.1 billion in wages stolen from workers last year, which was an increase over the $880.3 million they got back in 2015. (Read More)

Right-to-work Missouri Money Man Caught Up in California Court Fight

Dec. 18, 2017 - We don't hear much about him out here in California, but David Humphreys has established a nice little right-wing reputation for himself out there in Missouri for his huge campaign contributions to support candidates who want to kill unions. (Read More)

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