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  • issue 9
  • september 10, 2009

THIS WEEK: Thanks to Labor Day it was a short week. All month our blog series "Taking Back Labor Day" will examine what workers, and workers rights activism, means to this country. Also, read our Labor Day 2009 report here.

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In the News more

Salon Ordered to Pay Fired Worker in Sex-Bias Case

Fed Officials See Slow Recovery for Labor Market

In Improving Unemployment Picture, Temp Job Losses Slow

Retailer Fined in Autistic Discrimination Case

Hiring to Remain 'Stable' yet 'Sluggish'

Wage-and-Hour Complaints Head for a Company Near You

NLRB Chairman Calls for Updated Labor Laws

Obama Rallies Supporters on Health Care

A New Job Just a Tweet Away

Report: Meatpacking Plants Wrongly Fired Muslims

Low-Wage Workers Suffer Financial Discrimination

Deducting Job Hunting Expenses

Job Seekers in Need of Computers Flock to Libraries

Topic of the Week more

Move On... How to start your job search

Your Rant: I haven't looked for work in years. What's new and where do I start? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

James P. Hoffa

Happy 'Enlightened' Labor Day

September 10, 2009 | James P. Hoffa

To borrow from Rep. Barney Frank, McConnell must spend most of his time on a planet that's much better than the planet the rest of us live on. In truth, the Employee Free Choice Act is desperately needed on my planet, where 16 workers die on the job every day because managers ignore their health and safety. read more

David Madland

Mixed News for Older Workers

September 10, 2009 | David Madland

Older workers are increasingly relying on the labor market - rather than savings - to salvage their retirement prospects... But the labor market is a very mixed bag for older workers. read more

You found this blog, or return to it, because you're interested in workplace rights and employers that follow the law to a tee, right? Well, you'll find the latest, best information on both and meet some dynamic business contacts to boot at Winning Workplaces' 2009 annual event that will be held in Chicago on October 1-2. We're calling it the ROI of Great Workplaces Conference. read more

The Hudson Institute, which, as prior unbossed stories have shown, has historically been a shill for the tobacco industry, Monsanto products, and more, is now making a huge push to go after unions . . . Unions and their allies should take this attack seriously. read more

Philip Dine

Philip Dine - Taking Back Labor Day

September 9, 2009 | Philip Dine

When I hear questions about whether labor's no longer relevant and has become a dinosaur, I have to chuckle - and then try to disabuse people or organizations of such a notion. read more

Susan Rose

2009 Labor Day

September 8, 2009 | Susan Rose

When I was growing up Labor Day was the most, maybe the only, sacred holiday of the year. My parents were both ardent labor union activists. read more

First celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City, the day consisted of a parade and celebrations to exhibit 'the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.' Now the holiday has been downgraded to back yard bar-b-ques and end of the summer getaways. read more

The Commencement Speech You Didn't Hear read more

Melissa Josephs

Paid Sick Days: A Social and Moral Imperative

September 7, 2009 | Melissa Josephs

Nearly one half of American workers - almost 60 million of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues - do not have the benefit of a single paid sick day to care for themselves or their loved ones. read more

On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. read more

Paula Brantner

Change Has Come to the Workplace

September 4, 2009 | Paula Brantner

At Workplace Fairness, Labor Day isn't just another day off from work or the last day of summer. In 'Change Has Come to the Workplace', by legal intern Hannah Goitein (The George Washington University Law School Class of 2011), we highlight the changes we have already seen in the last several months, as well as talk about what is on the horizon. read more

In the Courts more

Rush v. Perryman

Eighth Circuit; No. 08-3148 Decision Date: September 3, 2009

In former college president's action against the college's Board of Trustees alleging violation of his state and federal statutory and constitutional rights, denial of defendant's motion for qualified immunity is affirmed where plaintiff's employment was terminated in an open session of the Board for alleged misconduct including dishonesty - an accepted stigmatizing charge - and thus, plaintiff sufficiently demonstrated a violation of his clearly established due process right to a post-termination name-clearing hearing. read more

Pedreira v. Ky. Baptist Homes for Children

Sixth Circuit; No. 08-5538 Decision Date: August 31, 2009

In an action under the First Amendment and various employment statutes challenging defendant-Baptist Homes for Children's policy of firing and not hiring gay and lesbian employees, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed in part where the termination of plaintiff based on her sexual orientation did not constitute discrimination on account of religion. However, the ruling is reversed in part where plaintiffs sufficiently demonstrated standing as state taxpayers for their Establishment Clause challenge. read more

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