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  • issue 15
  • oct. 23, 2009

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In the News more

Some Ex-workers Object to Kodak Offer

Pay Cuts, but What Else?

Signs of Recovery Don't Extend to Jobs

Texas Company Unfair to Black Workers

Union Ranks Dwindle; Pro-labor Laws Looming

NLRB Nominee Gets Mixed News From Senators

3 States May Sue FedEx

Reality of Age Bias Sinks In

Public Option Gets New Life in Senate

Hostile Work Environment Case

Employees Face 'Shockingly' Higher Health Costs

Higher Jobless Rates Could be Here to Stay

Sexual Harassment Prompted Payment

Slump Allows New Compact With Workers

A Lifeline Not Made in the USA

Topic of the Week more

Talk Less, Say More... How to improve workplace communications

Your Rant: How can I communicate more effectively at work? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

When Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) suggested she would block health care reform if it included a public option, Maine workers took action... read more

Seth Michaels

14 Senators Urge Unemployment Extension

October 22, 2009 | Seth Michaels

This afternoon, 14 senators from across the country joined together to urge swift passage of a UI extension, to give workers access to the system they've paid into and to keep families and communities economically secure. read more

Last June, the Supreme Court issued the awful and controversial age discrimination opinion in the Gross v. FBL Financial Services case. I wrote about the case at that time and predicted that it was just a matter of time until Congress fixed it with a bill that would overrule the decision and set the record straight on the fair standard of proof for age discrimination plaintiffs. Last Tuesday, the Senate and House introduced legislation designed to do just that. read more

Nicole Williams

Sex At Work: Guidelines to Avoiding a Sticky Situation

October 21, 2009 | Nicole Williams

Ultimately, if you start an office love affair, you need to keep your resume' up to date, because it's likely that one of you will need to look for a new job. Of course, if you understand the risks and insist on taking them for the sake of finding love, here are a couple of guidelines to follow: read more

Richard Trumka

The Chamber of Commerce's Jobs Deception Campaign

October 20, 2009 | Richard Trumka

...the Chamber may try to wrap itself in the shiny trappings of a feel-good campaign, its repeated attacks on consumers and workers demonstrate who the Chamber stands for: Wall Street not Main Street. read more

By temporarily filling the income gap for families while they search for work, UI serves as a critically important safety net. Although the weekly benefit amount generally replaces only about one-third of a worker's weekly earning, those checks can stabilize a household and help families cover their basic needs. read more

Bob Rosner

Do You Trust People Where You Work?

October 19, 2009 | Bob Rosner

I'm suggesting that we all reach out to people who we aren't sure about. Heck, while you're at it, to people who've burned you in the past. Offer them a hand of friendship. Give them a second chance to prove themselves worthy. read more

In the Courts more

Velez v. Thermo King De Puerto Rico, Inc.

First Circuit; No. 08-1320 Decision Date: October 16, 2009

In plaintiff's age discrimination suit against his former employer, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant is vacated and remanded as, under the three stage burden shifting framework set forth in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792 (1973), several aspects of the evidence, taken together, are more than sufficient to support a factfinder's conclusion that defendant was motivated by age-based discrimination, thus raising a genuine issue of material fact that defeats summary judgment. read more

Seidemann v. Bowen

Second Circuit; No. 08-3922 Decision Date: October 15, 2009

In a First Amendment action alleging that a professor's union impermissibly charged plaintiff a pro rata share of expenses unrelated to the union's collective bargaining duties, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where: 1) a public-sector union's political activities aimed at securing a new contract may be chargeable to nonmembers if those activities are pertinent to the union's role as a collective bargaining representative; 2) nonmembers may be required to subsidize lobbying efforts undertaken by a "parent" union of the local public-sector union if the lobbying is related to collective bargaining and may ultimately inure to the benefit of local union members; 3) the district court erred in upholding the union's charges to nonmembers for (a) political activity undertaken to secure a new contract, (b) lobbying by the local union's state affiliate, (c) costs incurred to send union delegates to the state affiliate's annual convention, and (d) the salaries of the union'! s employees; 4) the district court erred in dismissing plaintiff's challenge to the union's charges for media communications by its national affiliate; and 5) it erred in holding, sua sponte, that plaintiff will be required to arbitrate future claims against the union before filing suit. read more

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