By a unanimous vote on Thursday, Chicago’s City Council passed one of the strongest “wage theft” laws in the United States. The move was hailed by labor activists, who’ve long complained that wage theft — not paying workers what they’re legally owed — is one of the easiest crimes to get away with. Read more »
A highlight of the Mancini's Night / Annual Injured Apprentice Fundraiser on January 16 was the first public showing of "Apprenticeship:Building Your Career," a fast-paced twelve -minute video overview of what it means to be an apprentice in the Building Trades. Read more »
Ryan Cos. was finally awarded the contract to build the $54 million minor-league baseball stadium in St. Paul's Lowertown.
The deal to design and build comes three months after the city and the company had expected.
Back in October, the day after the city was awarded $25 million in state bonding funds for the project, the city announced a no-bid contract was going to Ryan to build the ballpark.
That sparked some outrage and a lawsuit by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. So the city dropped the no-bid plan, and opened it up for bids. Read more »
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is resigning, opening up one more slot in President Obama's second-term administration. A former member of Congress, Solis was the first Hispanic woman to head a Cabinet-level agency.
"This afternoon, I submitted my resignation to President Obama," she wrote in a letter to her agency's employees. "Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to serve in a president's Cabinet, let alone in the service of such an incredible leader." Read more »
Gary Francis Bauerly, owner of WATAB Hauling Co., pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County District Court to felony theft by swindle over $35,000 for not paying his workers prevailing wage required for road work for federal, state and local governments.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the case is a warning that violations of the prevailing wage will be punished.
“I want the workers to be made whole,” Freeman noted. “I want the message to go out that you can debarred” from future government contracts. Read more »