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  • issue 16
  • oct. 30, 2009

THIS WEEK: Avoid employer tricks, check out out our list of union-made Halloween treats. Plus, help us end the ghastly practice of binding mandatory arbitration by urging Congress to pass Sen. Franken's Arbitration amendment.

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In the News more

Wiccan Says Firing Was Religious Bias

Workers Deserve Time Caring For Loved Ones

Nonfatal Work Injuries Drop

Hobby Lobby to Pay for Disability Bias

U.S. Labor Agency Considers New Airline Union

First-Time Jobless Filings Decline

Female Executive Sues For Gender Bias

Tougher Immigration, Lack of Worker Protections

Job Gains Signal Stimulus Impact

Rochester Retailer Settles Suit

Workplace Bullying Is Increasing

Recession Recovery Is Fragile

$200000 Settlement Is No Surprise

Mandate Ignites a Fight

Workplace Health May Be Declining

Topic of the Week more

A World Apart... The keys to virtual meeting success

Your Rant: Can a virtual meeting accomplish anything? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Over the next few days, I'll be taking a closer look at the provisions on the House health care bill - H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. read more

Just in time for the World Series, 12 members of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) have added their names to the broad coalition in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. read more

Jason Lefkowitz

Union-Made Treats for Halloween

October 28, 2009 | Jason Lefkowitz

UnionPlus has a great list of yummies made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). read more

James Parks

Reid: Public Option Will Be in Health Care Bill

October 27, 2009 | James Parks

States will have until 2014 to decide if they want to participate in the public plan. read more

Seth Michaels

Showdown in Chicago: Thousands Protest Bankers

October 27, 2009 | Seth Michaels

More than 5,000 people are packing the streets of downtown Chicago this morning, chanting, marching and rallying against Big Bankers and financial institutions that have taken taxpayer money and are using it to give big bonuses to CEOs and to lobby against financial reforms that would ensure they don't go back on the public dole. read more

The two classes together consist of about 3000 past and current employees. This past July, the company proposed a $21.4 million dollar settlement with the class-with payouts between $1,000 and $75,000 for individual class members. read more

Bob Rosner

Why Do Many of Us Resist Change?

October 26, 2009 | Bob Rosner

Most of us are natural change resisters. Ask us to do something new and we're ready to dig our heels in the ground and resist. read more

In the Courts more

Leibowitz v. Cornell Univ.

Second Circuit; No. 07-4567 Decision Date: October 23, 2009

In a gender and age discrimination action by an employee of a university, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed in part where plaintiff failed to produce evidence of an express or implied contract to continue her employment. However, the order is reversed in part where: 1) in the circumstances here, a non-renewal of an employment contract itself was an adverse employment action and the district court erred in requiring plaintiff to show the existence of an unofficial tenured position to satisfy the adverse action requirement; and 2) the circumstances surrounding the non-renewal of her contract gave rise to an inference of age or gender discrimination. read more

Brunker v. Schwan's Home Serv., Inc.

Seventh Circuit; No. 07-3183 Decision Date: October 22, 2009

In plaintiff's disability discrimination action against his former employer, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant-employer is affirmed in part, reversed and vacated in part, and remanded where: 1) the disability-discrimination claim is remanded as, although plaintiff's impairments are not sufficient to show that he is disabled, the record contains adequate evidence to support a theory that defendant regarded him as being disabled in the major life activities of walking, caring for himself, and speaking; 2) district court's summary judgment on the reasonable-accommodation claim is affirmed; 3) district court's denial of plaintiff's motion to compel discovery on certain issues is reversed; and 4) award of sanctions is vacated because the magistrate judge unreasonably imposed them in response to plaintiff's discovery requests. read more

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