Here is the SWRCC Top Three for the week of January 10th:

New Study Finds 39% of Construction Workers on Public Assistance:

A report just released by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center reveals that 39 percent of construction worker families nationwide are forced to enroll in one or more safety net programs to make ends meet. That is higher than the 31 percent of all workers enrolled in such programs. The yearly cost to state and federal governments is a staggering $28 billion. Additionally, 31 percent of construction workers lack health insurance coverage, compared to 10 percent of all workers. Researchers attribute their findings to low pay, wage theft and illegal employment practices in the construction industry.

SWRCC Operations in January:

With the current surge in COVID-19 cases the Council will revert to Zoom meetings with no large gatherings through January 25th. Please note, this means Local union meetings and Foreman/Steward meetings will be held virtually via Zoom.

At this time, Locals are allowing foot traffic, however, masks are required to be worn properly at all times.

New Laws for 2022:

A new year means that new laws are taking effect across the Southwest.

  • California: Businesses with 26 or more employees will be required to pay a $15 minimum wage.
  • Nevada: Every registered Nevada voter will be mailed a ballot in future elections under Assembly Bill 321.
  • Arizona: Arizona’s minimum wage will increase from $12.15 an hour to $12.80 an hour.
  • Colorado: Colorado’s hourly minimum wage increased from $12.32 per hour to $12.56 per hour.
  • New Mexico: For every 30 hours an employee works, they will accrue one hour of paid sick leave