Temps lose bargaining rights won in 2000

Amy Joyce | Washington Post

Temporary workers will no longer be able to bargain for job benefits as part of a unit with permanent employees, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled, reversing a Clinton-era precedent. In a 3 to 2 vote, the three members appointed by President Bush said there is a difference between temporary and permanent workers. Labor experts and attorneys said they expect the labor board to continue to overturn Clinton-era decisions as its majority moves from Clinton appointees, who were thought to have a pro-labor bias, to Bush appointees, who are thought to have a pro-corporate bias. Read the full story.

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Corporate critic to exit

Ben White | Washington Post

Sean Harrigan, president of California's public employee pension fund and a major figure in the shareholder activist movement, said yesterday that he is likely to be forced from his job. Harrigan oversees the nation's largest public pension fund, which has $177.8 billion in assets. He has used the perch to lead high-profile campaigns against what he views as excessive executive compensation and poor corporate governance practices. Along the way, Harrigan received admiring praise from shareholder groups and occasional complaints that the California Public Employees' Retirement System had gone too far. Read the full story.
Going green at work a breath of fresh air

Dean Fosdick, Associated Press | Sun-Sentinel

Appearing professional these days often goes well beyond what you wear to the workplace. It also includes how you landscape it. Going green is becoming good office politics. Along with beautification, the right mix of office plants can give a whole new meaning to the term "corporate wellness." Plants can be more than morale and productivity boosters. They also can neutralize potentially harmful gases, molds and bacteria while filtering the air flowing within office buildings. Read the full story.
Sunoco settles race bias lawsuit for $5.5M

Jim Smith | Philadelphia Daily News

Many African-Americans in salaried professional posts at Sunoco's Philadelphia-area work sites believed that a racial "glass ceiling" kept them out of top jobs. While denying any wrongdoing, Sunoco yesterday asked a federal judge in Philadelphia to approve a $5.5 million settlement to resolve racial discrimination claims affecting some 200 current and former black supervisors and managers at Sunoco. Lawyers for the black workers called the settlement "fair, reasonable and adequate," and urged U.S. District Judge Clifford Scott Green to sign it. Under the proposed settlement, Sunoco will pay about $3.6 million to the workers and $1.5 million to their lawyers. Read the full story.
Retaliation at issue in discrimination case

Linda Greenhouse | New York Times

The law known as Title IX has expanded opportunities for women and girls in sports and other activities by prohibiting sex discrimination in schools and colleges that receive federal money. The questions for the Supreme Court Tuesday were whether Title IX also protects those who complain about sex discrimination from retaliation. The case was brought by the coach of a girls' basketball team at a high school in Birmingham, Ala., who complained that the school gave the boys' team favored conditions for playing and practice. The coach lost his position, along with the extra pay it carried. He brought a lawsuit under Title IX accusing the Birmingham school board of improperly retaliating against him. Read the full story.
Restoring workers' rights has always been a moral value

Stewart Acuff | International Labor Communications Association

Though many might scoff, I think there is a neat and convenient intersection where our values and political pragmatism meet. At this intersection are universal healthcare, improving Social Security, a global trading system that lifts working families and not just corporations, full-time work for living wages, and the restoration of workers' freedom to form unions and bargain collectively. It is critical that the progressive community takes on this issue as its own fight because it is a comprehensive effort that brings together so many issues important to us. Restoring the freedom to form unions ties so many of the issues and values we care about together. Read the full story.

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