This week, a nascent national movement takes to the streets to protest the building of a border wall with Mexico. But they’re not marching on Washington or in individual state capitals. Instead, they’re showing up on the doorsteps of major engineering and construction firms to persuade them not to help build the proposed wall. Click here to read the rest of this article.
A new report whose authors label it a “call to action” shows that construction workers in the South get little or no employment benefits and comparatively low pay. The 68-page report—Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the Southern U.S.—was put together by the Workers Defense Project, Partnership for Working Families, and the College of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois. The authors surveyed workers in six Southern states.
Number of cities in the South where a new report by the Texas-based Workers Defense Project, Partnership for Working Families, and the University of Illinois at Chicago examined conditions for construction workers: 6 Click here to read the rest of this article.
Los Angeles city Councilman Gil Cedillo is expected to propose an ordinance today that would require city contractors to reveal if they've applied to help build President Trump's $20-billion-plus border wall. Click here to read the rest of this story.
If you’re bidding to build the border wall, the City of Los Angeles may soon want to know about it. In the latest effort by blue cities to resist President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, a Los Angeles City Council member announced Thursday that he will introduce a motion requiring city contractors to disclose whether they’re bidding or working on Donald Trump’s border wall – or risk stiff fines and penalties. The motion is the first of its kind, but follows a trend of major cities exercising their authority to oppose the wall.
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Study: Construction Jobs Lack Basic Provisions in $175 Billion Industry
Build a Better South report highlights issues plaguing the construction industry in the South, including wage theft, low wages and safety concerns
As cities in the south continue to boom, workers earn poverty level wages and face dangerous working conditions
During his bid for the White House, Republican Donald Trump promised voters that he would prioritize the needs of working people and bring back jobs. A key source of that job creation, Trump emphasized at rallies and in speeches, would be the rebuilding of our crumbling roads, water systems and airports. Click here to read the rest of this article.