an update for the week of july 25, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Blog Roundup: Major Union Schism: You may be aware of what has happened over the last few days at the AFL-CIO Convention, where the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) have announced their plans to leave the Federation, as the AFL-CIO is commonly known. SEIU and the Teamsters head a new coalition of dissident unions, known as the Change to Win Coalition, joined by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Laborers International Union of North America (Laborers), UNITE HERE (the textile, garment, and hotel employees), and the United Farm Workers (UFW). As the events unfold in Chicago, some very capable bloggers are on the story. Rather than take sides or attempt to analyze all that has happened in this complex situation as it unfolds, we'll present some of the best commentary out there from the blogosphere, highlighting some blogs worth noting even when they're not writing about this subject.
Happy Birthday, Dear ADA: Today, July 26, 2005, marks the 15th birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Like many teenagers, the ADA can give people fits. It continues to go through some growing pains, and there's frustration that it's not all grown up. But it also has a distinct personality of its own. And it has unselfishly given back to others in its short life. Let's hope the ADA survives to become a productive adult, given all the abuse that it's taken along the way. Enough with the tortured teenager analogies...let's see what's going on!
"Treating People Decently is Sometimes a Competitive Advantage": We often quote Paul Krugman of the New York Times in this blog, and include his articles in the Workplace Fairness daily newsletter, In the News (free if you're not already a subscriber), because his analysis is just so right. His latest, "Toyota, Moving Northward," echoes a point made a week ago by another Times article about Costco: How Costco Became the Anti-Wal-Mart, which is that "treating people decently is sometimes a competitive advantage." At Workplace Fairness, we're not such raging lefties that we think a company has to go bankrupt while bending over backwards to favor its employees, and we applaud the CEOs and politicians out there who feel the same way.
this week in the courts
Taylor v. Progress Energy, Inc. ?(Fourth Circuit; No. 04-1525)
Decision Date: July 20, 2005
Without prior court approval, 29 C.F.R. section 825.220(d) bars the prospective and retrospective waiver or release of the Family and Medical Leave Act\'s substantive and proscriptive rights.
Get the facts! Short-Changed: America's workers are giving more and getting less
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