March 20, 2019
Source: Steph Whiteside , Illinois Public Media
An estimated 10,643 people in Illinois are homeless according to federal data. Many of those are working - but still can’t make ends meet. When it comes to addressing homelessness in Illinois, one issue stands out. For many working families, housing just isn’t affordable.
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
The company announced Tuesday that it was settling five lawsuits filed last year by civil rights groups that claimed the platform’s business model allowed companies to illegally advertise job opportunities, home sales, and credit offers that were only visible to men, young people, and users in white neighborhoods.
March 19, 2019
Source: Bryce Covert , The Nation
During the strike, Oakland teachers argued that their district is to blame for spending the money it does have in the wrong places: too many administrators at the top, pricey reports from consultants, and even replacement teachers during the strike.
Source: Bryan Menegus , Gizmodo
Employees at Kickstarter, the decade-old crowdfunding platform, are planning to unionize—potentially making them the first organized labor force among major tech firms.
March 18, 2019
Source: Shirin Ghaffary , Recode
But increasingly, even tech workers — some of the Bay Area’s highest-paid residents — are having a hard time achieving the bedrock of the American Dream: home ownership.
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
It’s official: The US economy doesn’t have enough workers. For nearly a year now, the number of open jobs each month has been higher than the number of people looking for work — the first time that’s happened since the Department of Labor began tracking job turnover two decades ago.
March 15, 2019
Source: Jeniffer Solis , Nevada Current
The Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center got its start a little more than a year ago by surveying 300 day laborers. One-third had been a victim of wage theft in the two months prior to the survey.
Source: Jack Crosbie , Splinter News
On Monday, David Tamarkin, the site editor at Epicurious, a Condé Nast food publication, tweeted out a job posting for an editorial assistant. The position, Tamarkin wrote, was “full-time freelance,” meaning the person filling the job would work 40 hours a week and perform the duties of a full-time employee, without any of the benefits and perks.
March 14, 2019
Source: Kate Gibson , CBS News
For employees at the slew of big stores that have collapsed in recent years, such bankruptcies are often financially devastating for reasons that go beyond losing their jobs.
Source: Cale Guthrie Weissman , FastCompany
In today’s volatile media landscape, any new organization collectively coming together is big news. But Gimlet’s union is especially exciting because the company was recently bought by Spotify for over $200 million.
March 13, 2019
Source: Gus Bova , The Texas Observer
As soon as this week, the Texas Senate could vote on Senate Bill 15, a sweeping pre-emption bill that would stop cities from passing progressive labor policies requiring private employers to provide any type of benefit, leave or scheduling accommodation.
Source: Joel Rosenblatt , Bloomberg
Uber Technologies Inc. will pay $20 million to settle California lawsuits challenging the company’s classification of drivers as independent contractors, and not employees owed the benefits of traditional employment.
March 12, 2019
Source: Maya Salam , The New York Times
Last week, all 28 players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team — the greatest women’s soccer team in the world — filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, another move in its long-running battle for equality.
Source: Joyce M. Rosenberg , Associated Press
The Labor Department has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations on overtime. The proposal would raise the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime to $35,308 from the current $23,660.
March 11, 2019
Source: James Langford, Washington Examiner
The traction that such initiatives gained around the country may signal that paid-vacation initiatives will also spread — perhaps as high as the federal level, according to Wayne Outten, the founding partner of Outten & Golden and president of Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit group that advocates for employee rights...Another pressure point may be that the U.S. lags behind most other industrialized Western nations on paid leave. Among the reasons is the relative weakness of the country’s unions, Outten said. While organized labor won the passage of U.S. laws guaranteeing a 40-hour work week and a minimum wage during the early 20th century, its strength has dissipated in the decades since.
Source: Paul Davidson , USA Today
The February jobs report was a downer, with just 20,000 jobs added, the fewest since September 2017, when hurricanes skewed the total.
Source: Verena Dobnik , Associated Press
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York is working with a nonprofit group, Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), which runs a pre-apprenticeship program for women who want to become plumbers, electricians, carpenters and members of other trades.
March 8, 2019
Source: Dave Jamieson , The Huffington Post
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it plans to change labor regulations so that more salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay when they work long hours.
Source: Noam Scheiber , The New York Times
Over the past decade, it has helped transform the state’s tomato industry from one in which wage theft and violence were rampant to an industry with the some of the highest labor standards in American agriculture.
March 7, 2019
Source: Alina Selyukh , NPR
A bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour has cleared a legislative hurdle that sets it up for a vote by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.
Source: Ted Berg , USA Today
Baseball players have never been paid for spring training. And that they should endure it unsalaried is more than just a relic of Major League Baseball’s ages-old structure. It is a reality the sport strives to maintain.
March 6, 2019
Source: Shaun Richman , The American Prospect
Last week, in a move that’s as likely to baffle union activists as it is to encourage them, a West Virginia judge struck down key portions of the state’s “right-to-work” law.
Source: Paige Smith and Andrew Wallender , Bloomberg BNA
Walmart Inc.'s move to shift its iconic People Greeter jobs into ones requiring more physical duties may set new legal precedents for how a business can adjust its workforce within the limits of the law protecting people with disabilities.
March 5, 2019
Amazon's culture is reportedly so hard on working parents that some people don't mention their kids or display family pictures
Source: Julie Bort , Business Insider
Some women feel this pressure so accurately they don't even mention that they have kids to their coworkers, and don't display family photos at work for fear of being labeled a "distracted mom."
Source: Vanessa Fuhrmans , The Wall Street Journal
The share of prime-age women who are in the labor pool rose to 75.8% in the last quarter of 2018 from 73.8% three years earlier, federal data show.
March 4, 2019
Source: Katie Linsell and Ellen Milligan , Bloomberg
Machines are increasingly creeping into retail as consumers demand convenience, cheap prices and quick delivery.
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
You may have heard President Donald Trump say that the US economy is booming right now. That’s an exaggeration, but the economy is definitely growing, as the latest economic indicators show.
March 1, 2019
Source: Alexander Hertel-Fernandez , The American Prospect
Last year’s strikes and direct action by workers, especially red-state public school teachers, have rightly been celebrated for injecting new energy into the American labor movement.
Source: Maryam Jameel and Joe Yerardi , Vox
No group of workers alleging discrimination — age, gender, disability, or otherwise — fares well.
February 28, 2019
Source: Will Greenberg , Vice News
Politicians across America are getting serious about fighting for tipped workers in 2019. But they still face an uphill battle.
Source: Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit intended to block controversial D.C. regulations requiring many of the city’s child-care workers to earn associate degrees.
February 27, 2019
Source: Ephrat Livni , Quartz
No kid ever dreamed of growing up and driving for Uber or styling for Stitch Fix. In part, that’s because none of those companies existed when most of today’s adults were young. It’s also because, besides its much-touted “flexibility,” the gig economy isn’t much of a place to build a career.
Source: Jessica Bursztynsky , CNBC
Walmart is changing its job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that will likely disproportionately affect workers with disabilities, according to a report by NPR.
February 26, 2019
Source: Larry Buhl , The American Prospect
A new California Assembly bill introduced by Lorena Gonzalez would codify the same ABC test to determine who’s “independent” and who’s an employee. If passed into state law, Assembly Bill 5 could have consequences for workers across the U.S.
Source: Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima and Arely Cruz-Santiago , The Conversation
Cleo’s long working days are magnificently portrayed by director Alfonso Cuarón in Roma, which has just won three Oscars, including best director.
February 25, 2019
Source: Matthew Desmond, The New York Times Magazine
A $15 minimum wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.
Source: Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember, The New York Times
As Ms. Klobuchar joins the 2020 presidential race, many of these former aides say she was not just demanding but often dehumanizing — not merely a tough boss in a capital full of them but the steward of a work environment colored by volatility, highhandedness and distrust.
Freelancers aren’t protected by equal employment laws. So what should they do when they face discrimination?
Source: Michelle Nickolaisen, Quartz at Work
This week we look back to the summer when Senior Advisor Paula Brantner talked about how to deal with discrimination as an independent contractor.
Paula Brantner, a lawyer at Workplace Fairness, a worker’s rights organization offers this advice:
“That’s sometimes the only remedy you have—naming and shaming someone. The company will often make noises about suing...”
February 22, 2019
Source: Jena McGregor, The Washington Post
If the proposal ends up on the company’s proxy this year, it would likely be a first for a technology company and one of the rare occasions when a shareholder has tried to get an employee onto a U.S. corporate board.
Source: The Associated Press, AP
The baseball players’ union is urging the sport’s exclusive cap supplier to keep open its plant in Derby, New York, and not move production to a nonunionized facility in Florida.
February 21, 2019
Source: Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Magazine
From the 1970s into the 1990s, women made serious progress in the workplace, achieving higher positions, closing the gender wage gap and moving into male-dominated fields. Then that progress stalled, especially at the top. Why?
Source: Barbara Madeloni, Labor Notes
West Virginia teachers emboldened educators across the country last year when they struck to defend their health insurance and win raises. But when the legislature returned this January, hostile legislators brought forward an omnibus education bill.
February 20, 2019
Source: Ben Paynter, FastCompany
Slightly more people with disabilities entered the workforce in 2017 compared to the year before. But that positive stat belies some more negative numbers: The rate of new job growth for people with disabilities has slowed. People with disabilities are still hired at less than half the rate of those without them, and are paid less. Add racial disparities, and the numbers get even worse.
Source: Chris Isidore, CNN
The bankruptcy filing Monday follows the start of going-out-of-business sales Sunday at its 2,500 US and Canadian stores. About 16,000 employees will lose their jobs. Store closings begin in March and should conclude by the end of May.
February 19, 2019
Source: Michael Sainato , The Guardian
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is once again facing a raft of sexual discrimination lawsuits – eight years after the supreme court blocked the company from facing the largest gender discrimination case ever brought against an employer.
Source: Hassan A. Kanu , Bloomberg Law
A janitors’ union in San Francisco has taken on a court battle with major implications for what workers can do to protest their employers’ practices, and the fight starts immediately in the wake of a government finding that more individual Americans went on strike in 2018 than any year since 1986.
February 18, 2019
Source: Hannah Hayes, American Bar Association
Workplace Fairness' Senior Advisor and former Executive Director, Paula Brantner, talks with the American Bar Association about how companies deal with sexual harassment and how things have changed.
One difference Brantner sees is that liability no longer guides company policy. In the past, many organizations were content to "check off the boxes" in terms of training, sending the message that if it didn’t meet the standards of legal liability, the company had little interest in pursuing it.
"You want to create a culture where certain things just aren’t done—not because it violates the law, but because it doesn’t reflect company values", Brantner points out.
Source: Steven Greenhouse , The Guardian
It’s easy to get fired in fast food. According to a recent report, one fast-food worker said she was fired because her nails were too long; another because she said she didn’t smile enough.
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
The strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, California, and Colorado had broad public support, forcing state lawmakers to raise pay and fueling a national movement to boost investment in public education. So far, that momentum shows no signs of slowing down.
February 15, 2019
Source: Ankita Rao , Vice News
When Amazon announced Thursday it had cancelled its extremely controversial plan to build a new headquarters in New York City, it represented a shocking win for a growing resistance comprised of politicians, union workers, and residents.
Source: Caroline O’Donovan , Buzzfeed News
In the face of widespread public outcry, Instacart last week scrapped a controversial policy that used tips to subsidize the minimum payments it promises workers.
February 14, 2019
Source: Sean Captain , Fast Company
In its ideal world, food-delivery service DoorDash would pay its contractors almost nothing–relying on customer tips to cover most of the fee quoted for a job. In the real world, conditions are usually not so ideal, as DoorDash reveals to Fast Company, for the first time disclosing the share of driver payments that come via tips from users.
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
Last year’s labor unrest started with a teachers strike in West Virginia and ended with Marriott workers picketing across four states. A record number of US workers went on strike or stopped working in 2018 because of labor disputes with employers, according to new data released Tuesday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
February 13, 2019
Source: Patrick McGeehan , The New York Times
New York City’s fast-food industry has served as a laboratory for the nation’s labor movement for the last several years. Its workers were the first to stage rallies demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Then, they pressed for changes in the way national restaurant chains set their work schedules.
Source: Lisa Rein , Washington Post
His departure as acting chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which serves as a personnel court for federal employees, raises an existential question: Can the board still live and function with no one at the top? The answer could determine whether thousands of federal workers will have their grievances heard.
February 12, 2019
Source: Carolyn Said , San Francisco Chronicle
Gig workers are fighting back. By their name, you might think independent contractors are a motley crew — geographically scattered, with erratic paychecks and tattered safety nets. They report to faceless software subroutines rather than human bosses.
Source: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene , Governing
For state and local government workers, the numbers are worse. Nearly half -- 47 percent -- of people working for cities and counties earn $50,000 or less, according to the Center for State and Local Government Excellence’s estimates based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
February 11, 2019
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
On Thursday, the House Committee on Education and Labor held its first hearing on the Raise the Wage Act, which would eventually double the federal minimum wage by 2024.
Source: Carmen Duarte , Arizona Daily Star
A nationwide shortage of in-home caregivers is expected to create about 1.4 million new job openings by 2026 because of the rising demand as the U.S. population grows older.
Source: Susan Antilla, The Intercept_
AM Best, a global ratings firm for the insurance industry, suggested in a January 28 report that to combat corporate misconduct, companies “may choose to be proactive” by providing training and education for employees. Training, though, gets mixed reviews. Brantner, the employee advocate, said training programs have historically been focused on limiting a company’s liability — not necessarily on improving the workplace.
February 8, 2019
Source: Jaclyn Diaz , Bloomberg Law
The federal office tasked with carrying out the Trump administration’s expansion of job training and apprenticeship programs is struggling in the face of staff and leadership vacancies, sources familiar with Labor Department operations told Bloomberg Law.
Source: The Associated Press , The Associated Press
Many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays, nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history.
February 7, 2019
Source: Matt Taylor , Vice
When CNBC reported last May that hundreds of businesses were offering to help pay down their employees' student loans, it seemed like a positive development, a way for debt-saddled workers to get some relief.
Source: Walker Orenstein , Minn Post
As technology continues to change the American workplace and the U.S. economy, roughly one quarter of jobs in the country are at high risk of becoming largely automated in the next decade and beyond, according to a new report from The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank.
February 6, 2019
Source: Erin Corbett , Fortune
Wealthier people are more likely to receive employer-sponsored insurance than low-wage workers. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just 28% of full-time workers below the federal poverty level received benefits from their employers, as low-income jobs are less likely to offer company subsidized benefits to workers.
Source: Eduardo Porter , The New York Times
But automation is changing the nature of work, flushing workers without a college degree out of productive industries, like manufacturing and high-tech services, and into tasks with meager wages and no prospect for advancement. Automation is splitting the American labor force into two worlds.
February 5, 2019
Source: Trevor Smith , The American Prospect
When discussing racism in the United States, few statistics are more revealing than the racial wealth gap. According to the Economic Policy Institute, median household wealth for white families is 12 times higher than that of black families.
Source: John Seewer , The Associated Press
The sting from a major restructuring at General Motors and its planned closings of five North American factories in the coming months is putting thousands of jobs at auto parts suppliers at stake, as well.
February 4, 2019
Source: Alexia Fernandez Campbell , Vox
Employers added 304,000 new jobs to the US economy in January — once again surpassing economic forecasts, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists had expected only about 180,000 new positions in January.
Source: Alex Ebert , Bloomberg Law
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is pushing for the nation’s first state bias incident database to bolster investigations of LGBT, race, and sex discrimination in employment and state services.
February 1, 2019
Source: Justin Miller , Texas Observer
A Texas state agency has quietly thrown itself into the middle of one of the most heated policy debates on the future of work: Are the workers who fuel the gig economy — Uber drivers, Postmate couriers, online freelancers — independent contractors or are they employees entitled to certain benefits and protections?
Source: Jamiles Lartey , The Guardian
Hundreds of thousands of US government contractors went back to work early this week after the end of a record 35-day government shutdown, but Tamela Worthen, who works as a security guard at the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC, wasn’t among them.
January 31, 2019
Source: Deedee Sun , KIRO
Workers behind Instacart, the grocery delivery company and app, say they’re getting punished for getting a tip. People who shop and deliver for the app say the higher the tip, the less wage they make – and that the company is using customers’ tips to subsidize wages.
Source: Josh Eidelson , Bloomberg
Over the past year, employees at Alphabet Inc.’s Google have protested over worker rights, a military contract, and the handling of sexual misconduct. Now, along with shareholders, they’ve written a resolution to Alphabet’s board, calling for reform in areas including racial and gender diversity, and asking the board to consider tying these metrics to executive bonuses.
January 30, 2019
Source: Shaun Richman , The American Prospect
If Scabby the Rat winds up before the Supreme Court, how would those justices reconcile their Janus affirmation of First Amendment rights to workers’ ability to freely engage in union activity? Inflatable vermin were already a work-around for an egregious restriction of workers’ speech rights.
Source: Danielle Paquette , The Washington Post
Unlike the 800,000 career public servants who are slated to receive full back pay over the next week or so, the contractors who clean, guard, cook and shoulder other jobs at federal workplaces aren’t legally guaranteed a single penny. They’re also among the lowest-paid laborers in the government economy, generally earning between $450 and $650 weekly, union leaders say.
January 29, 2019
Source: Cale Guthrie Weissman , Fast Company
While multiple media companies have unionized their newsrooms over the last couple years (disclosure: Fast Company, too), the BuzzFeed CEO successfully quashed any attempt at his own company.
Source: Porter Wells , Bloomberg Law
Cases testing whether federal law protects workers from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation are still tying up lower courts, even as the U.S. Supreme Court tries to decide whether it wants to take on the issue.
Source: Kate Gibson, CBS News
"We've had a number of situations recently where companies don't have a legal obligation, but calling them out has led to better results than the law ever can," said Brantner of Workplace Fairness. "Employees are bringing their plight to the attention of the public, and companies are taking that seriously."
Recent examples include Google agreeing to change its sexual harassment and arbitration policies following public protests by employees, and air traffic controllers, who Brantner credits with helping end the government shutdown. "They are not legally allowed to strike, but by slowing down operations and raising questions about safety, that had more of an impact."
January 28, 2019
Source: Erin Spencer , Forbes
Last week, Democratic leadership in Congress reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act (H. R. 582) in the House with 181 cosponsors and companion bill (S. 150) in the Senate with 31 cosponsors. This legislation, if enacted into law, would raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55 this year and increase the federal wage floor over the next five years to reach $15 per hour in 2024.
Source: Dylan Scott , Vox
Roughly 800,000 federal workers missed two paychecks because of the longest government shutdown in US history. But with the government finally set to reopen, they should receive the pay they missed in just a few days — if all goes according to plan.
January 25, 2019
Source: Jules Bernstein , The American Prospect
Just as the postal workers’ situation, which resulted from a political impasse, was resolved sensibly in 1970, the same ought to occur promptly to resolve the current shutdown, which is causing intense hardship for individuals who have no culpability whatsoever for the situation they are in.
Source: Michael Sainato , The Guardian
But last week, Foster and dozens of other seasonal and contracted employees at the Amazon clothing plant were laid off along with thousands of other workers at retailers across the US. Retailers have just had their best holiday season in six years but for retail workers the post-holiday come down has been brutal.
January 24, 2019
Source: Paul Blest , Splinter
Last week, we asked readers to send us their accounts of how they’re dealing with the partial federal government shutdown—whether as employees of the federal government, a contractor, beneficiaries of government services, or otherwise.
Source: Paige Smith , Bloomberg Law
Federal contractors that employ large numbers of foreign workers might be opening themselves up to a double whammy of Labor Department discrimination claims. Tech conglomerate Oracle America finds itself in just such a scenario. It was hit with allegations it underpaid women and minority workers and showed a preference for hiring certain visa-holders.
January 23, 2019
Source: Rakeen Mabud , Forbes
Far more deserving of scrutiny are the technological and legal practices that are exacerbating age-old problems of employer power over workers. It is these practices – electronic monitoring, just-in-time scheduling, non-compete clauses, anti-poaching agreements and forced arbitration, among others – that function as the locked factory doors of the 21st century, trapping workers in poor conditions and stripping workers of their agency.
Source: Chris Opfer and Paige Smith , Bloomberg Law
Oracle Corp. shorted women and minority workers $400 million in wages by paying them less than other employees, steering them into jobs at lower-level positions, and imposing an “extreme preference” for immigrant visa holders, the Labor Department said in a new legal filing.
Government workers still don’t have a salary due to the shutdown. American businesses are helping them out.
Source: Chavie Lieber , Vox
Some companies are stepping up during the national crisis, though, and offering free meals, groceries, entertainment, and cash to furloughed workers. About 800,000 workers are suffering because of the government shutdown.
Source: Jacbo Pramuk , CNBC
Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, a long-shot plan that comes as the party tries to bill itself as a champion of the working class. The proposal to hike the U.S. wage floor from the current $7.25 will likely fail in the GOP-held Senate even if it gets through the Democratic-controlled House.
January 22, 2019
Source: Henry Grabar , Slate
Tuesday will mark one month in the shutdown of the U.S. government, with no end in sight. Federal workers are lining up for food in Washington. More than 400,000 government employees have worked that entire time without pay, few of them more visible than the screeners of the Transportation Security Administration.
Source: Danny Feingold , The American Prospect
Part of why some in the media are anxiously wondering when a settlement will occur is the relative scarcity of strikes in modern American society, particularly open-ended work stoppages that affect a much larger number of people than the employees in question.
January 21, 2019
Source: Jared Lindzon, Fast Company
“There is significant evidence that pay bias is something that can follow you throughout your career,” says Paula Brantner, a senior adviser for Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit organization that offers career resources and legal assistance. “If you’re underpaid and undervalued in your first job, then when you go to your next job, they look at what you’re making and continue to undervalue you, so as your career progresses you get further and further behind.”
Source: Louis C. LaBrecque , Bloomberg Law
Federal workers suing the government over its failure to pay them during the shutdown shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for damage awards. That’s assuming they win. Some 25,000 federal employees who successfully challenged the government for violating federal wage law by not paying them during the 16-day shutdown in 2013 are still waiting for their money more than five years later.
Source: Peter Cole , Salon
If Martin Luther King Jr. still lived, he’d probably tell people to join unions. King understood racial equality was inextricably linked to economics. He asked, “What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?”
January 18, 2019
Source: Holly Yan , CNN
The tug of war between Los Angeles teachers and their school district may be shifting toward the teachers as picket lines keep growing, the teachers' union said. "For two days in a row, we had over 50,000 people downtown saying we want educational justice in Los Angeles," United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said Wednesday.
January 17, 2019
Source: Helanie Olen , The Washington Post
On Monday, Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Stevenson called for what amounts to a wildcat strike by the nation’s Transportation Security Administration agents, while over the weekend, veteran labor reporter Bob Hennelly at Salon went even further, pondering a national general strike in support of the 800,000 federal workers currently not receiving a paycheck.
January 16, 2019
Source: Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein , CNN Business
According to the new Women's Workplace Equality Index from the Council on Foreign Relations, legal inequality persists for women worldwide: Over 100 countries restrict the kinds of jobs women can have, 75 countries limit women's property rights, and 18 countries require women to have their husband's permission to work outside the home.
Source: Mark Joseph Stern , Slate
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed a victory to American workers, ruling unanimously that independent contractors who work in transportation may not be forced into mandatory arbitration. (Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the bench after argument, did not participate.)
Source: Leslie Stevens-Huffman, Dice
Although more than a quarter of tech employees at big firms say that their companies go to unreasonable lengths to spy on them, our laws haven’t caught up with the latest forms of monitoring, according to Paula Brantner, senior advisor to Workplace Fairness: “Basically, anything that relates to security, theft or efficiency is fair game.”
“Consult with an attorney if necessary to find out what protections are available, especially when it comes to new forms of monitoring,” Brantner advised. She also provided this helpful overview of employees’ rights regarding workplace monitoring.
January 15, 2019
Source: Li Zhou , Vox
The partial government shutdown is expected to hit one group of workers particularly hard ... and it’s not members of Congress. While roughly 800,000 government employees have already begun missing paychecks because of the shutdown and likely won’t see back pay until after it’s resolved, another subset of workers isn’t going to be paid at all.
Source: Nitasha Tiku, Wired
Tech workers may be new to labor organizing, but they’re learning quickly. When a November walkout by 20,000 Google employees protesting the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment claims led to small changes that fell short of the organizers’ demands, some activists inside Google decided to broaden the fight.
January 14, 2019
Workers at chains like Starbucks and McDonald's face violence and injuries on the job — and they're starting to speak out
Source: Kate Taylor , SF Gate
In the fast-food industry, a chain lives or dies based on the waiters, baristas, and cashiers it hires. These workers often encounter routine risks, violence, and injuries while on the job.
Source: Kaelyn Forde , ABC News
The financial and emotional obstacles mothers face were brought to the fore this week after a new report found that American women aren't having enough babies to replace the current population, and the nation's total fertility rate has hit a 30-year low.
January 11, 2019
Source: Tonya Riley , Mother Jones
In what is shaping up to potentially be the longest shutdown in US history, federal contract workers are at risk of losing almost a month’s worth of income. The severity of the shutdown has pushed the Senate to do something it has never attempted before: get back pay for federal contractors.
Source: Serena Gordon , U.S. News & World Report
Every day they help feed, bathe and care for the frailest Americans. But female health care workers in the United States often get shortchanged on wages and health insurance, a new study finds. In fact, about one-third of female health care workers made less than $15 an hour, and that number rose to half when these workers were black or Hispanic.
January 10, 2019
Source: Aaron Katersky , ABC News
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce legislation today guaranteeing two weeks of paid time off for all workers, one day after he announced a plan to provide health care for all city residents.
Source: Aimee Picchi , CBS News
The pay people take home after accounting for inflation fell 1.3 percent last year, a new analysis shows. The findings come a year after President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with his administration promising it would deliver "immediate" wage growth to workers.
January 9, 2019
Source: Jacob Passy , MarketWatch
For many federal workers, keeping a roof over their heads got a lot harder in January thanks to the partial government shutdown that is approaching its third week.
Source: Reuters , Reuters
As Sears Holdings Corp teeters on the brink of liquidation, its employees are pushing for a hardship fund they hope can replicate the success of bankrupt retailer Toys 'R' Us, whose workers collected $20 million in severance pay from its former owners.
January 8, 2019
Source: Michelle Chen , The Nation
But hundreds of thousands of public servants are really getting absolutely nothing from Uncle Sam in return for another day of work. As the gridlock in Washington paralyzes the federal bureaucracy, some agencies remains on auto-pilot, thanks to a stripped-down skeleton staff of drafted workers.