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issue 207 mar. 4, 2015

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In the News more

Right to work for less: Gov. Scott Walker wants to lower worker pay in Wisconsin

Apple-Google $415 Million No-Poaching Accord Wins Approval

What's Behind Restaurant Workers' Faster-Rising Paychecks?

Jail exploits detainees, lawsuit says

Oakland's minimum wage gets big hike starting Monday

Why Wal-Mart decided to finally pay its workers more

Workers Centers: Organizing the 'Unorganizable'

The Real Meaning of $9 an Hour

One Overlooked Reason Walmart Gave Workers Raises

At L.A. oil refinery, striking workers vent about long hours and stress

Teachers union rally in downtown L.A. draws thousands in call for contract demands

Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Supreme Court seems to side with Muslim woman in discrimination case

Elder scare: Low pay afflicts America's fastest-growing job

Minimum Wage for New York City's Tipped Workers Will Increase to $7.50

Topic of the Week more

Duly Noted: Taking Effective Notes at Work

Ever look across your desk to see stacks of note pads and notes that are mostly unintelligible? Welcome to the club. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

There is an enormous amount of political debate over various pieces of legislation that are supposed to be massive job killers. For example, Republicans lambasted President Obama's increase in taxes on the wealthy back in 2013 as a job killer. They endlessly have condemned the Affordable Care Act as a job killer. The same is true for proposals to raise the minimum wage. read more

Betzaida Cruz Cardona is 32-weeks pregnant, unemployed, and homeless. But just a few months ago, she had a job she was willing and able to do that paid her rent. read more

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tries to stay far away from the gender-based stereotypes plaguing the tech industry. read more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is no friend to labor, but this week his policies helped one of the most vulnerable segments of workers. read more

"America's legacy of racism and racial injustice has been and continues to be a fundamental obstacle to workers' efforts to act together to build better lives for all of us," says the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement announcing the creation of a Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. read more

Tipped workers in New York state have won a major victory, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's Hospitality Wage Board announce that their minimum wage, which had been frozen at $5 an hour, will be increased to $7.50 an hour starting December 31. read more

Six years ago today, President Obama signed his first piece of legislation - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - to extend the time period in which an employee could file a claim for pay discrimination. The Act overruled the United States Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber, which Ledbetter said allowed her employer to pay her unfairly "long enough to make it legal." read more

A new AFL-CIO report released today finds that four nations that would be major players under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are out of compliance with international labor standards and, therefore, with the commitments they would undertake under the TPP. read more

Accepting the Oscar for best supporting actress, Patricia Arquette gave a shout out to equal pay. read more

Bryce Covert

Walmart Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

February 19, 2015 | Bryce Covert

On Thursday, Walmart announced that it will raise all of its full-time and part-time employees' pay to at least $9 an hour starting in April. The lowest wage will rise to $10 an hour by February of next year. read more

In the Courts more

Matthews v. City of New York

Second Circuit; 13‐2915‐cv Decision Date: February 26, 2015

In this case, plaintiff police officer brought suit against the City of New York, alleging that the City retaliated against him for speaking to his commanding officers about an arrest quota policy at his precinct of the New York City Police Department. Judgment of the district court granting defendants' motion for summary judgment, holding that plaintiff spoke as a public employee, not a citizen, and that his speech was therefore not protected by the First Amendment, is vacated and remanded, where because plaintiff's comments on precinct policy did not fall within his official duties and because he elected a channel with a civilian analogue to pursue his complaint, he spoke as a citizen. read more

Nigro v. Sears, Roebuck, and Co.

Ninth Circuit; 12-57262 Decision Date: February 25, 2015

In this disability discrimination action brought by plaintiff under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) against his former employer, summary judgment in favor of defendant is reversed and the case is remanded, where: 1) plaintiff presented triable claims under FEHA; and 2) it was irrelevant that some of plaintiff's evidence was self-serving, as such testimony was admissible, though absent corroboration, it may have limited weight by the trier of fact at trial. read more

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