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issue 203 feb. 4, 2015

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In the News more

Workers who earn tips are the next focus of minimum wage campaign

OSHA Cites Ashley Furniture Over Dozens of Safety Violations

When Consumers Give Up Their Right to Trial in Financial Disputes

The accidental origin of the $15 minimum-wage movement

Labor Dept. pitches updated sex discrimination regs

California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit

US Labor Department proposes critical updates to sex discrimination guidelines.

Rhode Island Hospital workers demonstrate amid negotiations on new contract

9 Investigates: NC mom fights against fatigued truckers after son's death

Marching Band Delivers Petition To Citi Asking Banks To "Revoke License To Steal"

House panel kills minimum wage proposal

How to raise the minimum wage 107 percent without losing jobs or profit

Wal-Mart's manufacturing recovery?

On-Demand Workers: 'We Are Not Robots' Is Technology Liberating or Squeezing the New Class of Freelance Labor?

Thousands of nursing home workers across the city and Long Island could walk out if contract talks fall through this week

Topic of the Week more

Staying Safe: Spotting Violence at Work

According to security services firm Allied Burton, violence at work has been on the increase since the start of the recession in 2008. How can we all learn to be safer at work? I found a key part of the answer in a Peruvian festival. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. read more

Last week, an appeal was sent to the U.S. Supreme Court for a case that could prove to be the most damaging case to labor in decades. read more

Forced labor and human trafficking exist in worksites and industries where workers' rights are routinely violated and where a culture of exploitation reigns. In the tomato fields of Florida, more than 1,200 farm workers once toiled in conditions of forced labor. read more

Meghan Byrd

Labor Relations Board Under Renewed Attack

January 29, 2015 | Meghan Byrd

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced a bill Wednesday that would cripple the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an agency that is instrumental in solving labor disputes and helping workers who have been treated unfairly by their employers. read more

On January 20, 2015, President Obama laid out what I think are three things that can make a difference in the lives of low income and middle class workers. read more

Laura Clawson

Low-wage jobs are taking over the American economy

January 28, 2015 | Laura Clawson

What do you say if you're opposed to raising the minimum wage, but don't want to seem completely heartless? read more

Jamie Cole's plan was to use saved up vacation and sick time to take a eight weeks paid off after the birth of her child. Instead, she says she was forced onto unpaid leave much earlier than she wanted. read more

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock explaining why he wants to keep the minimum wage at a poverty level out of compassion and concern for workers. read more

Jonathan Tasini

The President Vs. TPP: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Tasini

It's pretty simple: you can't advance a progressive agenda, or even one you call "liberal", that claims to want to combat inequality AND go all out to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership using the odious "Fast track" authority. read more

"President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address," last night. read more

In the Courts more

Augustus v. ABM Security Services

California Court of Appeal; B243788 Decision Date: January 29, 2015

In this employment class action, plaintiff security guards formerly employed by defendant ABM allege that ABM failed to provide rest periods required by California law in that it failed to relieve security guards of all duties during rest breaks. ABM instead required its guards to remain on call during breaks. Summary adjudication in plaintiffs' favor and summary judgment on the issue of damages are reversed, where California law does not require employers to relieve their workers of all duties during their rest breaks. read more

Power Fuels v. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

Fourth Circuit; 14-1450 Decision Date: January 27, 2015

In this case, Power Fuels petitions for review of a final order of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission assigning jurisdiction over Power Fuels' coal facility to the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rather than the nonspecialized Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The petition for review is denied, where: 1) the Secretary of Labor permissibly concluded that a facility that blends coal for a nearby power plant was subject to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (the Mine Act); and 2) because the Mine Act covers this kind of activity, MSHA's assertion of jurisdiction was proper. read more

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