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issue 239 oct. 14, 2015

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In the News more

'Working harder for less money' in Las Vegas, weary host of the Democratic debate

Jerry Brown vetoes expanded family leave

Labor coalition calls for minimum wage higher than $15 per hour

5 ways to manage workplace politics

When Your Boss Is Younger than You

American Apparel Lawsuit Is 'Mother Of All Sexual Harassment Cases,' Judge Says

Diane Stafford: Some retailers stop on-call scheduling

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens America's Recent Manufacturing Resurgence

It's been a while since anybody in the White House talked this much about unions

California minimum wage measure seeks to tap into income inequality worrie

What Makes D.C.'s Universal Leave Plan So Special?

Sanders, given a bigger spotlight, points it back to union workers

Wal-Mart, Visa Negotiating to End $5 Billion Swipe-Fee Suit

Delta sues Republic Airways over flights lost to pilot dispute

United management pilots win class action certification to sue the Air Line Pilots Association union over retro pay

Topic of the Week more

Dual Income Strategies

Dual income couples have more bankruptcies and divorces. Put succinctly, more money equals more challenges. Here are four coping strategies. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

It's a familiar situation: being sick and at work-or having a sick family member who requires care. While most of us would prefer to stay home and get well or provide care, for the majority of American workers taking a sick day means taking a pay-cut. read more

n Tuesday, seven city councilmembers in the District of Columbia will introduce a paid family leave bill that would create the most progressive system in the country and serve as a model for other cities that might be interested in paid leave. read more

Kenneth Quinnell

TPP Deal Rushed Through; Working Families Respond

October 5, 2015 | Kenneth Quinnell

In Atlanta this weekend, negotiators rushed through a deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and working families were quick to respond, asking why the deal has to be rushed when there are many unanswered questions, and demanding that the details of the agreement be released as soon as possible so the people most affected by the deal-working people-know what to expect. read more

After years of concessions, auto workers at Fiat Chrysler have had enough. They've voted to reject a contract recommended by UAW leadership that would have offered raises, but left in place the tier system in which some workers make significantly more than others. read more

Years ago we should have had a place a major plan to bring all of our common assets - from schools to roads to water systems to our energy grid - into the 21st century. Not only would this have created millions of jobs, but it would have set the nation up for sustainable, more ecologically responsible, long-term growth. read more

AFT members and organizers say that its effort to organize charter school teachers in Detroit has seen the same kind of anti-union animus that runs throughout the corporate education reform movement. read more

In the Courts more

Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, D.D.S., Inc.

California Court of Appeal; F069305 Decision Date: September 30, 2015

In an employment action arising out of plaintiff's termination after she reported that a coworker may have stolen her wedding ring at her workplace, alleging retaliation in violation of Labor Code section 1102.5 and wrongful termination in violation of public policy under Tamney v. Atlantic Richfield Co. (1980) 27 Cal.3d 167, the trial court's entry of judgment on the verdict against defendant is affirmed where the plain and unambiguous language of section1102.5(b) creates a cause of action for damages against an employer who retaliates against an employee for reporting to law enforcement a theft of her property at the workplace. read more

Tellez v. Rich Voss Trucking

California Court of Appeal; H040375 Decision Date: September 29, 2015

In a putative class action in a wage-and-hour dispute involving truck drivers, the trial court's denial of plaintiff's motion for class certification, is reversed and remanded for an explanation of the court's reasoning in denying the motion. read more

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