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issue 251 jan. 19, 2016

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In the News more

Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

Obama unveils new wage insurance proposal for experienced workers

Case Could Widen Free-Speech Gap Between Unions and Corporations

26 Years Later, Scars of a Workplace Massacre Remain

The Surprising Reason Women Are Held Back in the Workplace

Why Are So Many Zappos Employees Leaving?

The Roberts Court finds a new way to stack the deck in favor of the rich

Is Vast Inequality Necessary?

What Is This 'Wage Insurance' Obama's Talking About?

Income inequality will become more pronounced as US ages

Proposed laws could change lives of D.C.'s hourly workers

With public sector unions on the rocks, middle class may take another hit

Supreme court justices put on defensive in overturning 1977 teachers' union case

McDonald's gouging consumers in EU, complaint alleges

How worker-friendly laws changed life as a server in San Francisco restaurants

Topic of the Week more

Dumb & Dumbest: Reducing Distorted Thinking at Work

Unfortunately many of us shoot ourselves not with a gun, but with our own brand of distorted thinking at work. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Robert Borosage

Obama: The First Farewell

January 13, 2016 | Robert Borosage

President Obama transformed his last State of the Union speech last night into his first farewell address. From his opening twitting legislators for being "antsy" to get back to Iowa, the president acknowledged that in an election year, with a bitterly obstructionist Congress planning to spend less than 90 days in session, not much is likely to get done. Instead of an agenda for action, he offered instead an eloquent summation -- and large doses of common sense. read more

Last night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress-but barely mentioned unions. read more

Celeste Drake

State of the Union: Don't Let the TPP Sink Our Wages

January 12, 2016 | Celeste Drake

The president will give his final State of the Union address tonight. Although the White House has indicated that this year's speech will be "nontraditional," it has made clear the economy will be a major focus. read more

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard extended arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Despite a fairly clear issue before the Court, the arguments proceeded bizarrely, jumping repeatedly between disparate issues. This seemed to be largely the result of two fairly unique circumstances surrounding this case. read more

Jackie Tortora

What's This Friedrichs Case Really About?

January 11, 2016 | Jackie Tortora

You may have heard something about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The main thing you need to know is that this is an attack on working people's freedom to come together and form unions, plain and simple. read more

In the Courts more

Mueller v. Government Printing Office

Federal Circuit; 2015-3032 Decision Date: January 15, 2016

In a grievance against petitioner's employer, which was referred to an arbitrator pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, the arbitrator's dismissal of the grievance as not arbitrable on the ground that a four-month deadline for holding a hearing, as required by the agreement, had passed, is reversed where: 1) the arbitrator erred because the contractual provision does not require dismissal of the grievance in the event of noncompliance with the four-month deadline; and 2) the deadline is merely a nonbinding housekeeping rule to encourage timely arbitration, one that is addressed to the arbitrator as well as the parties. read more

Harrison v. Granite Bay Care, Inc.

First Circuit; 14-1988 Decision Date: January 13, 2016

In a suit alleging illegal firing in violation of Maine's Whistleblower Protection Act, Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 26 section 833, the district court's summary judgment in favor of employer-defendant is vacated and remanded where the district court erred in not fully analyzing the validity of plaintiff's claims under Winslow v. Aroostook County, 736 F.3d 23 (1st Cir. 2013). read more

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