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issue 205 feb. 17, 2015

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Schnurman: RadioShack the latest case of workers getting squeezed when money's short.

Social Medua: The New Big Tool For Union Organizing?

EEOC says Seasons 52 won't hire employees age 40 or older.

Assembly Dems Propose Minimum Wage Boost To $10.10

Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

The Supreme Court's class action underachiever

Would Stronger Unions Help the Middle Class?

Minnesota unions seeking crackdown on employers who withhold worker pay, skirt overtime laws

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

Edison's plans to cut jobs, hire foreign workers is assailed

Sara Lee discriminated against black employees, attorneys say.

A Better Way to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

Republican-Controlled Congress to Vote to Repeal NLRB Rule

Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

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Rolling in the deep

If only it were that simple to avoid an ex-lover at work. But when you work with a former partner, it's often a much more complicated situation. That's why it's so important to review the following four step process the next time you think about sending a 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

Tefere Gebre

A Legacy Remembered

February 10, 2015 | Tefere Gebre

Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African Americans in the United States while looking with hope toward the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work as a leader in the labor movement. read more

David Tindell

Why buying Made-in-America matters, and how to do it

February 8, 2015 | David Tindell

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 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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