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  • issue 73
  • may. 6, 2011

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In the News more

Citizens Republic Settles Detroit-Bias Claims

Help Wanted on Factory Floor

Workplace 'Rights' That You Don't Have

Bellevue settles age-bias case

Mo. governor condemns discrimination law changes

StoneRidge Health and Rehab Center to Pay $22,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Labor Board Plans to Sue 2 States Over Union Rules

Los Angeles officials want workers to trade furloughs for pay cuts

NJ worker fired over Quran burning gets job back

A Minimum-Wage Job?

Best Companies to Work For: Happy Campers

Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Settles EEOC Racial Harassment Suit for $160,000

EEOC Underestimates Impact of ADA Amendments Act

NH Senate says no to union costs for non-members

Privacy is potentially a costly workplace issue

Cases Target Illegal Labor

77 Cents on the Dollar Isn't Fair

Working With Five Generations In The Workplace

Bill barring transgender bias in workplace awaits gov's OK

L.A. County to pay $900,000 to settle deputy's harassment suit

Florida Gives Superhero Capes to Jobless

State launches probe into campaign to provide superhero capes to jobless

The Top 5 Reasons Why Your Boss Is Ineffective and How You Can Help

Workplace Bias Against Breastfeeding Moms Persists

Wall Street Women of Golden Seeds Give Cash to Female CEOs

Georgia governor to sign law targeting illegal immigration

Rebuilding trust in the workplace

Walmart workers get $440k

Mayor Bloomberg gets snippy in deposition for E.E.O.C. discrimination case of pregnant women

Returning To Work: The Satisfaction Of Having A Job

Work-Life Balance for Everyone

Topic of the Week more

Limitless: Juggling Multiple Projects at Work

Remember when you could focus all of your energy at work on one project? Ah, those were the days. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Rite Aid workers at the company's massive Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster, Calif., declared victory on May 1 in their five-year effort to form a union and improve working conditions. read more

It's A First: Major League Baseball Player Takes Paternity Leave... read more

...whatever you decide to call Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's announcement that he has launched a series of state employee recognition awards rewards just weeks after his long and bitter fight to eliminate their collective bargaining rights, it's hypocrisy at its worst. read more

Bob Rosner

Fired in Real Time: On the Dole

May 2, 2011 | Bob Rosner

Just because I write about the workplace, it doesn't mean that I can be totally objective when confronting workplace challenges myself. read more

One sign carried in almost every May Day march of the last few years says it all: "We are Workers, not Criminals!" Often it was held in the calloused hands of men and women who looked as though they'd just come from work in a factory, cleaning an office building, or picking grapes. read more

Jesci Drake

The Missing Link in Corporate Deviance

April 28, 2011 | Jesci Drake

"It was a choiceless choice," claimed Janet Chandler last Thursday night in a special discussion panel put together by GAP (Government Accountability Project) and Georgetown Law. Her choice was to blow the whistle. read more

A complaint issued on April 20th by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the Boeing Co. is a victory for all American workers--particularly aerospace workers in both Puget Sound and South Carolina, officials with the Machinists (IAM) said. read more

Michelle Chen

How the Koch Brothers Celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 2011 | Michelle Chen

Before the words "Koch Brothers" became an epithet among labor activists everywhere, the oil industry barons were already persona non grata to Mother Earth. This Earth Day, let us celebrate the myriad ways Koch has touched the lives of flora and fauna alike. read more

Dave Johnson

Don't Make Us Work 'Till We Die!

April 22, 2011 | Dave Johnson

There was a time on this country when We, the People were in charge, and our government worked for us. Through our government we did things for each other and for our economy, and when we had economic success we paid back toward more such investment. read more

Wal-Mart is the largest private-sector employer in the United States. It employs more than 1.4 million workers here, but pays them an estimated 12 percent less than average retail workers in the country. Many argue that, while unfortunate, such low wages help poor families since by allowing them to purchase goods cheaply. read more

Tula Connell

2011 PayWatch: Average CEO Salary-$11.4 Million

April 21, 2011 | Tula Connell

While 25 million unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers are drowning, CEO pay skyrocketed by 23 percent, for an average salary of $11.4 million in 2010, according to the AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch. Released today, data compiled at PayWatch also show CEOs have done little to create badly-needed jobs, instead sitting on a record $1.93 trillion in cash on their balance sheets. read more

In the Courts more

Marlo v. United Parcel Service

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-56196 Decision Date: April 28, 2011

In a labor and employment dispute involving the scope of Cal. Lab. Code section 515(a), judgment of the district court decertifying class on the ground that plaintiff did not meet his Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a) -(b) certification burden is affirmed because judgment was not an abuse of discretion. read more

EEOC v. Xerxes Corporation

Fourth Circuit; No. 10-1156 Decision Date: April 26, 2011

In a Title VII action alleging a hostile work environment on the basis on race, summary judgment in favor of defendant is affirmed in part and vacated in part because a genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether defendant had notice of alleged racial slurs and pranks in the workplace prior to February 2006 but failed to respond with any remedial action. read more

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