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Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


Solar Project Crew Gets $2M in Back Pay

Painters, bridge crane operators and other skilled laborers will share $1,914,681.50 in back wages and benefits they are owed for months of work on a solar energy project in a Nevada desert,...


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


Contractor to Pay $292K for OT Wages

A California concrete and asphalt paving contractor has agreed to pay $292,184 in overtime back wages after failing to accurately record and pay employees for hours worked, the U.S. Departme...


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


Republic Steel Signs $2.4M OSHA Deal

One of North America’s largest steel makers will pay $2.4 million and overhaul its health and safety management to settle more than 100 federal health and safety violations cited in inspecti...


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


Bill Hooks Contractors for Sub Pay

If your sub or labor temp agency is shortchanging its workers, is that your problem? It will be—at least, in California—if one legislator has his way.


400 Drywallers to Regain Back Pay

A Washington State contractor will spend $550,000 to make good on wages allegedly shorted from hundreds of workers over several years.


100K Construction Jobs Slated for Vets

Some 100,000 U.S. veterans are in line for “good-paying” jobs over the next five years, under a new initiative backed by the construction industry.


25% of U.S. States Raise Hourly Wage

Thirteen states raised the minimum wage for workers on Jan. 1, bringing to 21 the number nationwide that are now paying workers above the federally mandated minimum.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Construction Deaths Defy Declining Toll

U.S. construction deaths are back on the rise, even as the overall workplace death toll drops to one of its best records in a generation, the federal government reports.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


Painters, Others to Get $2M in OT Case

A major industrial services employment agency will pay nearly $2 million in back wages to painters, blasters and other workers after denying them proper overtime, federal officials announced...


AkzoNobel Adds, Subtracts in China

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest an additional €65 million ($84.4 million U.S.) in China, to boost capacity and “improve operational excellence” at its Surface Chemistry plants in Box...


Contractor Accused of Extorting Workers

A Brooklyn construction boss is facing years in prison for theft and money laundering in a scheme involving the shakedown of his own employees, authorities say.


OSHA Sues Contractor over Fired Worker

Federal regulators are suing an Alabama structural relocation company for allegedly firing an employee who refused to work in a collapsing trench.


U.S. Construction Labor Shortage Looms

A two-million-worker gap between construction labor demand and supply in parts of the U.S. could be the industry's next crisis as the workforce continues to shrink amid a strengthening econo...


Firm Upheld in Fatal Cell Phone Case

If you are on your cell phone arguing with your spouse when you are supposed to be working, and you don’t see a big truck coming at you, is that your employer’s fault?


OSHA Cites 2 NJ Companies in Heat Death

A temp agency for construction workers and a global waste management firm are being held responsible for the heat-related death of a sanitation worker who perished on his collection route in...


314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings.


Union-Only Bridge Work Draws Fire in MA

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has sparked storms of protest over his abrupt decision to restrict work on a forthcoming $285 million bridge project to union contractors.


Trades Lead Construction Job Slide

Led by specialty trades and civil engineering, the battered construction industry bled 28,000 more jobs in May—its fourth straight month of job losses and its biggest decline in two years.


Judge Throws Out Union Posting Rule

A federal judge in North Carolina has thrown out an impending federal rule that would have required nearly six million employers to prominently display notices of employees’ union rights.


PPG: Layoffs, Cleanup Tab Will Pinch Q1

Paving the way to a good first-quarter report with bad news, PPG Industries announced Thursday (April 5) that it would lay off 2,000 employees, settle a $160 million environmental bill, and ...


Painter Outlook: Sunny, Tilting South

Washington is painting a bright job picture for industrial painters for the rest of the decade, with decent wages and strong job prospects, especially in the South.


Contractors Join Immigration Law Fray

The American Subcontractors Association of Arizona has joined a group of business associations in challenging that state’s embattled immigration law and is urging immigration reform at the f...


Employers Score a Win on Labor Rule

Private employers have won two key victories in the long-running regulatory battle to force them to post notices about employees’ rights to join a union.


Hard Times Yield a Silver Lining

Forced in recent years to do more with less, construction-related companies finally have something good to show for it: outstanding productivity.


Contractors Face 15 Years in Wage Theft

A New Jersey husband-and-wife contracting team has been indicted on charges of swindling employees out of nearly $200,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, then trying to paper over the alleged ...


Obama to Congress: ‘Time to Act’ on Construction Jobs

Backdropped by an aging bridge to drive home his point, President Obama urged Congress this week to help revive the battered construction industry by passing an infrastructure jobs bill.


Obama Sends Job Bill to Congress: ‘Let’s Get Back to Work’

Urging “no games, no politics, no delays,” President Obama sent his new job creation package to Congress on Monday (Sept. 12) with a call for swift action.


Employee Rights Rule Starts Nov. 14

Most private-sector employers must soon display a poster notifying employees of their rights to organize, under a new rule that takes effect Nov. 14.


ID Badge System Made for Contractors

Software developer Dynamic Systems Inc. has launched a bar-coded ID badge system for contractors, designed to improve job-site security by identifying temporary and permanent workers.


DOL Timesheet App Tackles Wage Wars

Mired in yet another conflict over time and wages? Now, the Labor Department has an app for that.


Construction Slows Bleeding of Jobs

The good news: After years of bloodletting, construction unemployment numbers have remained stable for about a year. The bad news: Industry joblessness remains stuck at brutally high levels.


Labor Slams OSHA on Worker Protection

Not everyone is jumping on the political bandwagon that is clamoring to “rein in” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Red Tape Blues: SSA Comes, IRS Goes

Uncle Sam has good news and bad news for employers already awash in paperwork: More is on the way, but some will stay away.


ACA Paints Industry By the Numbers

Want a raise? Head for Ohio or New Jersey. Need a market for your paint? Think Canada or Mexico, and keep China in mind.


NLRB to Order Posting of Labor Rights

As union membership continues its slide, the National Labor Relations Board is proposing—for the first time in its 75-year history—to require employers to notify employees of their rights un...


OSHA Shifts Reporting, Inspection Plans

Stung by recent accusations of leniency toward the employers it oversees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has expanded its injury and illness record-keeping program and has...


Labor Warns Motorists of Bad Bridges

Billboards warning motorists of structurally deficient bridges are among the methods being used by a major union organization in an aggressive campaign designed to build public support for i...


Labor Dept.: Pay Workers for Time Spent Donning PPE

The Department of Labor has reversed earlier decisions and issued an interpretation letter stating that workers are entitled to compensation for time spent donning personal protective equipm...


New OSHA Training Stresses Worker Rights

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has introduced a mandatory workers’ rights component to its 10- and 30-hour training programs.


Contractor, Subs Pay for Wage-Law Violation

Three tiers of contractors on a California public university project all face penalties for wage infractions committed by one of them.


 
 
   

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