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issue 204 feb. 11, 2015

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In the News more

For Some Who Are Back At Work, Positive Jobs Report Doesn't Tell The Full Story

Republican-Controlled Congress to Vote to Repeal NLRB Rule

Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

Workers ready, employers brace for Seattle's minimum-wage law

Amid Gains in Jobs and Pay, Americans Rejoin the Work Force

Adjunct professors get poverty-level wages. Should their pay quintuple?

Where Did All the Retail Jobs Go?

Teachers union sues over use of scores in evaluations

Fast food companies are invoking 'Main Street' to fight unions

Walmart Cut My Hours, I Protested, and They Fired Me

Working during FMLA leave can violate statute

Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients

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

OSHA Cites Ashley Furniture Over Dozens of Safety Violations

Hundreds of Ford workers get $19,000 raise

Topic of the Week more

Men vs. Women leaders

Who makes a better boss, a man or a woman? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

On Monday, Oregon lawmakers considered a pair of bills that could significantly reduce the gap in average earnings between working men and women, which currently means the state's women make 80 percent of what men do. read more

Leo Gerard

Demanding Respect for Worker Safety

February 10, 2015 | Leo Gerard

In Anacortes, Wash., last week, approximately 200 Tesoro workers began picketing the oil refinery where an explosion incinerated seven of their co-workers five years earlier. read more

The U.S. manufacturing industry has seen modest growth recently. Although American production has declined in the last forty years, manufacturing activity has been growing more rapidly than the overall U.S. economic GDP for the first time in 50 years. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, manufacturing has contributed $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy, up from $1.73 trillion in 2009. read more

Mike Hall

Economy Adds 257,000 Jobs in January

February 6, 2015 | Mike Hall

The economy added 257,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate ticked slightly up to 5.7% from December's 5.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more

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

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

In the Courts more

Marenco v. DirecTV LLC

California Court of Appeal; B238421 Decision Date: February 5, 2015

In a putative class action, alleging that defendant violated state wage and unfair competition laws, Lab. Code Section 212; Bus. & Prof. Code Section17200 (UCL), the trial court's grant of defendant's motion to stay the class claims and compel arbitration of the individual claims is affirmed where: 1) defendant has standing to enforce the agreement; 2) the agreement's class action waiver is enforceable under AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion (2011) 563 U.S. ___, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (Concepcion); and 4) the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348, which was issued while this appeal was pending, is controlling. read more

Wright v. State of California

California Court of Appeal; A139034 Decision Date: January 30, 2015

In a personal injury action for injuries sustained by plaintiff who lived and worked at San Quentin prison and had already received workers' compensation for the injury, summary judgment in favor of employer, based on the "premises line" doctrine, is reversed where: 1) it was error to hold plaintiff's tort claim barred solely because he was on his employer's premises at the time of his fall, particularly where he lived on those very premises; and 2) there is a triable issue of material fact whether plaintiff's injury arose out of and in the course of his employment. read more

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