Obama administration unveils rules on silica, union-busting

After years of consideration, and brushing aside one final attempt by an industry lobby to derail it, the Obama administration issued a final rule that it says would cut workers’ exposure to harmful silica dust in half.

The silica rule is one of two big-ticket pro-worker rules the administration unveiled the week of March 21. The other would change the definition of when so-called “labor consultants” – otherwise known as “persuaders” and union-busters – must disclose their spending.

 

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MnDOT contractor who shorted workers $242,000 is convicted of theft by swindle

(article by  StarTribune)  A co-owner of a Twin Cities electrical contracting company has been convicted of cheating nearly two dozen employees out of a total of $242,000 in wages by paying them far less than the law required for their work on a state highway project in the north metro and elsewhere. Laura Plza Read more »

Minnesota issues Adequacy Decision for the PolyMet NorthMet Project

MN Building and Construction Trades Council & MN Chamber of Commerce statement on release of adequacy decision for Polymet’s Northmet project: The hardworking men and women who build and maintain our state and its industries, and the companies that are the backbone of our statewide economy are celebrating today. Read more »

Business-labor partnership tackles wage theft on public projects

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WorkdayMinnesota.org has completed a several months long study on wage theft in Minnesota. The problem is pervasive and widespread throughout the state in many types of work. Two of the studies focused on wage theft in non-union sectors of the building and construction trades. This article addresses partnerships between contractors and building trades unions using prevailing wage as a model.  Read more »

Residential construction industry built on ‘payroll fraud’ model

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WorkdayMinnesota.org has completed a several months long study on wage theft in Minnesota. The problem is pervasive and widespread throughout the state in many types of work. Two of the studies focused on wage theft in non-union sectors of the building and construction trades. This article addresses the problem in residential construction. 

Jose Ramirez had never heard the term “wage theft,” but he knew he was being cheated when a roofing subcontractor refused to pay him. Read more »

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