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issue 247 dec. 16, 2015

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In the News more

Lawmaker wants FBI investigation into military's handling of Afghanistan attack whistleblower

Freddie Gray jury deliberations enter day 3 while Baltimore braces for verdict

After Calif. Shootings, Workplaces Examine Emergency Plans

Connecting the Dots Between Therapist Training and Workplace Wellness

Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions

Supreme Court rejects class-action suit against DirecTV

Slavery labels sought for U.S. goods as SEC reporting law mulled

No One Is Actually Sure If The 'Sharing Economy' Even Exists

Seattle Considers Measure to Let Uber and Lyft Drivers Unionize

When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

A Middle Ground Between Contract Worker and Employee

Selling Stardom: Aspiring actors are reeled in by talent listing firms

A Safety Net for On-Demand Workers?

Deaf employee sues UPS

Judge expands scope of Uber lawsuit

Topic of the Week more

Can't We All Just Get Along: An Action Plan For Bosses And Employees

At the point at which we workplaces where bosses and employees work together, we seem to struggle more than ever. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Another story about working people in the South successfully organizing comes our way via Chattanooga, Tennessee, where skilled trades employees at Volkswagen's plant in the town voted overwhelmingly to be represented by UAW Local 42. More than 70% of workers who cast ballots voted for the union. read more

Laura Clawson

Workers in Trump Las Vegas Hotel Vote to Unionize

December 7, 2015 | Laura Clawson

Happy news for workers ... and news I really, really want a Donald Trump quote on: After two days of voting in a National Labor Relations Board election, a majority of workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas have voted "YES" to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 of UNITE HERE. Over 500 employees of the hotel are in the union's bargaining units and were eligible to vote. read more

Robert Borosage

The Economy: The New Normal Isn't

December 4, 2015 | Robert Borosage

The November jobs report -- 211,000 jobs with the headline unemployment rate staying at 5 percent -- met "expectations." It is now virtually inevitable that the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates at its December 15-16 meetings, as Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated in her congressional testimony yesterday. read more

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays it is a rarity. Major strikes of over 1,000 workers are few and far between. Even rarer are open-ended strikes at an industrial plant. read more

Last year, 100 low-wage workers in Wisconsin decided to sue their governor, Scott Walker (R), over their pay. The state had a century-old statute on the books saying that the minimum wage "shall be not less than a living wage," enough "to permit an employee to maintain herself or himself in minimum comfort, decency, physical and moral well-being." The workers said they weren't making enough to meet that standard, demanding the governor take the required action to increase it. read more

In the Courts more

SEIU v. Los Robles Reg'l Med. Ctr.

Ninth Circuit; No. 13-55672 Decision Date: December 3, 2015

In a labor action, the district court's dismissal of plaintiff union's petition to compel arbitration and grant of summary judgment to defendant is reversed where the six-month statute of limitations period for filing a petition to compel arbitration under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. section 185, started to run upon defendant's official reply to the plaintiff's letter demanding arbitration and not an earlier email. read more

Lorenzo v. Prime Communications

Fourth Circuit; 14-1727 Decision Date: November 24, 2015

In an a consolidated employment action seeking wages for unpaid overtime work under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C . section 201 et seq., and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. section 95-25.1, the district court's dismissal of defendant's motion to compel arbitration is affirmed where the defendant's employee handbook, which expressly stated its contents did not constitute a binding contract, was insufficient to demonstrate that plaintiff had agreed to arbitrate any claims. The court also dismissed defendant's petition for permission to appeal the district court's class certification order under F.R.C.P. Rule 23(f) as untimely. read more

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