The Department of Labor has introduced draft language for regulations on expanding apprenticeships, including expanding Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).
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The General Executive Board, along with more than 30 delegates from the Insulators Union, attended the North America’s Building Trades Unions 2018 Legislative Conference.
La Conférence législative canadienne promeut la diversité, l’inclusion et le respect. Cette année, les quatre jours de la Conférence législative pour les syndicats du bâtiment du Canada était axée sur la syndicalisation ainsi que les questions liées au travail, en faisant la promotion du thème ‘’Diversité, Inclusion et Respect.’’
Tout au long de la conférence, tenue à Gatineau (Québec) du 7 au 10 mai, les conférenciers et les panélistes ont souligné l’importance d’avoir un syndicat diversifié et inclusif, où les membres se respectent les uns les autres sur le chantier et dans la vie quotidienne.
En plus des discussions thématiques, la conférence a également fourni une possibilité pour les dirigeants canadiens de la FVSHA de rencontrer des membres du Parlement pour discuter des questions importantes
pour Leur Conférence locale, canadienne et l’Union internationale.
Congressman Bob Dold, R- Ill, and House Democrat co-sponsor, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D -Ca, introduced the Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill (H.R. 4165) to the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 3.
The Mechanical Insulation Incentive bill was originally co-sponsored by Representative Sanchez, and has since gained the support of Representative Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, in December of 2016, Representative Richard L. Hanna, R-NY in February of 2016, and most recently Representative Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill, on March 14.
Both Congressman Dold and Congresswoman Sanchez serve on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and together, they are well-positioned to promote the tax incentive for mechanical insulation.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker is planning to unveil his national plan to weaken labor unions during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas next week.
The Wisconsin governor who's known for taking on unions in his home state is holding the event Monday afternoon at XTreme Manufacturing.
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From Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, Republican and Democratic presidents have pledged to workers that some new free trade scheme would protect Americans from unfair and immoral foreign competition.
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Calculation of prevailing wage rates will be simpler, more streamlined, and its designers hope, more accurate — under new rules submitted Monday by WorkForce West Virginia.
Under legislation passed this session revamping the way workers’ wages are to be calculated for state-funded public works projects (SB361), Monday was the deadline for WorkForce West Virginia, in conjunction with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University and the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall, to come up with new methodology for calculating prevailing wages.
“I’m very comfortable with it,” Jeff Green, director of Research, Information and Analysis for WorkForce West Virginia, said Monday of the new system.
“It’s a complex issue,” he added. “You want to make sure you give it the best and most accurate information you can.”
Under the new law, oversight of calculation of prevailing wage scales was moved from the state Division of Labor to WorkForce West Virginia.
Critics complained that under the old system, the Division of Labor used an imprecise methodology of surveys sent to contractors and public entities, requiring that they self-report wages paid for various types of construction work by county.
Workforce West Virginia’s new system also will rely to a great extent on surveys that will be sent to some 5,250 contractors and subcontractors doing business in the state. However, WorkForce West Virginia officials expect a higher response rate and more accuracy, noting that the agency is “fully staffed with professionally trained research personnel who have extensive expertise and experience with labor market data collection and analysis.”
The process will also be streamlined — Prevailing wage rates will be calculated using the agency’s seven WorkForce Investment Area regions, rather than using county-by-county calculations.“
Many counties have limited occupational wage data, making it difficult to produce statistically reliable estimates,” the summary of the new methodology states.
The new methodology also streamlines the number of occupational categories on the surveys from 48 to 28 to make the reporting more user-friendly, asking firms for example, to “report wages for laborers broadly, as opposed to different individual classes of laborers.”
Although the original bill called for an outright repeal of the prevailing wage law, the compromise legislation retains prevailing wage for state-funded construction projects of more than $500,000, using the new calculation.
Under the law, the initial deadline for setting the new prevailing wage rates is July 1, but the law gives the legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance authority to extend that deadline to as late as Sept. 30.
In the report, WorkForce West Virginia indicates it can meet a fall deadline for the new wage rates, noting, “WorkForce West Virginia anticipates that data collection will be complete by the end of summer 2015 with publication of revised prevailing hourly wage rates expected by early fall 2015.”
Passed during the Great Depression and modeled after the federal Davis Bacon Act, prevailing wage was designed to keep contractors from underbidding public works contracts by using low-paid, less-experienced and well-trained workers.
Critics contended that prevailing wage inflates costs for publicly financed construction projects, while proponents cited figures showing that prevailing wage projects are not more expensive, and that it is cost effective to hire highly skilled workers who have high productivity.
In the US, the decline of the middle class is nearly identical to the decline of American labor union membership. What does this mean for the future of unions and the US economy?
This smackdown of one of the key components of the new governor’s self-dubbed “turnaround” agenda is a stinging rebuke to his anti-labor crusade. Speeches on the House floor clearly exposed the governor’s real goal in promoting right-to-work measures: trying to weaken workers’ voices.
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