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  • issue 20
  • dec. 16, 2009

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In the News more

Bahama Breeze to Settle Suit for Racial Harassment

Medicare 'Buy-In': A Bargain or Burden?

White House Puts Jobs Over Deficit

EEOC Sues YRC For Widespread Race Discrimination

The Hottest Industries for Job Growth

Steps to Take Before Cobra Subsidy Ends

California Gets Back Wages for Mercury Cos. Workers

US Employers Shun Health Reform Despite Deal

Service Sector Is Job-Growth Engine

Auto Dealer to Pay for Harassment Complaints

Dept of Labor Unveils New 'Open Government' Efforts

Union Leaders Step Up Fight Against Excise Tax

Labor Department Recovers Back Wages for SSM Health Care

US Seeks to Curb Workplace Injuries

TARP Report: Good for Wall Street, Not Main Street

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BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Brett Brownell

Unemployment Q & A's

December 16, 2009 | Brett Brownell

When I came across the The New York Times' money blog "Bucks" and their series "Answers About Unemployment Benefits" I wanted to share it and hopefully save some frustrated job-seekers a few minutes, or hours, or dead-end research. read more

Liz Shuler

Young Workers: Hit Hard, Hitting Back

December 16, 2009 | Liz Shuler

As I looked into the faces of young workers, the reality hit home that these young people are part of the first generation in recent history likely to be worse off than their parents. read more

While I think the conference was a tremendous success, I think we, in labor, have a long way to go. We have the daunting task of internal organizing so that we can actually do 1/2 of the great things we talk about with online organizing and mobilizing. read more

Bob Rosner

How Things Really Get Done

December 14, 2009 | Bob Rosner

...There are the ways that things are supposed to get done and the ways that they actually get done. read more

Brad Levinson

Did a Sodexo Manager Really Just Say That?

December 11, 2009 | Brad Levinson

As over 1,500 students at Loyola Marymount University begin a massive boycott of Sodexo's dining facilities this week, Sodexo's general manager for the area, Lisa Farrell, has issued a revealing quote that may enrage workers and students all over the country. read more

Jason Rosenbaum

Aetna Cuts 600,000 Lives for Profit

December 10, 2009 | Jason Rosenbaum

Aetna announced that it will deliberately cut 600,000 people from its insurance rolls to raise its profits next year: read more

This week, American nurses banded together to weild unprecedented power in the workplace and in national politics. Delegates in Phoenix yesterday approved a three-union merger to create National Nurses United (NNU), the nation's largest union of registered nurses. read more

In the Courts more

Alvarado v. Cajun Operating Co.

Ninth Circuit; No. 08-15549 Decision Date: December 11, 2009

In an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) action alleging that defendant retaliated against plaintiff for complaining that his manager had discriminated against him based on his disability, an order denying plaintiff the right to seek compensatory and punitive damages is affirmed where the plain and unambiguous provisions of 42 U.S.C. section 1981a limited the availability of compensatory and punitive damages to those specific ADA claims listed, and retaliation was not on the list. read more

Union Pac. R.R. Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Eng'rs.

U.S. Supreme Court; 08-604 Decision Date: December 8, 2009

In an arbitration before the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB) between a railroad and a union regarding disciplinary action against certain employees, a circuit court's order reversing the NRAB's dismissal of the arbitration for failure to conduct a pre-arbitration conference is affirmed where, by refusing to adjudicate the cases on the false premise that it lacked jurisdiction to hear them, the NRAB panel failed to conform, or confine itself, to matters Congress placed within the scope of NRAB jurisdiction. read more

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