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issue 254 feb. 9, 2016

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In the News more

One way women have it better than men at work

I'm a Detroit teacher protesting our awful school conditions. Here's why I think we'll win.

Searching for the Origins of the Racial Wage Gap In Jim Crow America

States Not Waiting To Close Gender Wage Gap

N.H. fast-food workers to stage protest before debate

Workers' wages up, but slower job growth worries financial markets

On-call scheduling debate: Where retailers stand

U.S. Economy Added 151,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4.9%

West Virginia House passes right-to-work bill, after harsh debate

Activists and Officials Rally for $15 Minimum Wage

Cincinnati first Ohio city to pass wage theft ordinance

U.S. Soccer Sues Union Representing the Women's National Team

'Forked' Rates Restaurants On How They Treat Their Workers

Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand

Right-to-work measure headed for Virginia ballot

Topic of the Week more

Overcoming a Stigma in a Job Interview

Stigma. It's tough to face it for the first time in a job interview. However, join the club--women, African Americans, older workers, and many more have and continue to struggle against this kind of bias. Which always reminds me of the airport. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

A group of Chicago-area progressive groups and unions are backing a bill that would punish large companies who don't pay their workers a living wage. read more

Kenneth Quinnell

Trumka: TPP Is a New Low

February 4, 2016 | Kenneth Quinnell

In a new op-ed for the Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the key reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for working people, both in the United States and overseas. read more

Terrance Heath

What Is "Economic Freedom," And Who Is It For?

February 3, 2016 | Terrance Heath

The Heritage Foundation has released its annual "Index of Economic Freedom." As America enters an election season increasingly influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, maybe it's time to ask: What is "economic freedom," and who is it for? read more

The Detroit Federation of Teachers joined with some parents Thursday to sue the school district over conditions in the schools and call for the dismissal of state-appointed Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. read more

Kenneth Quinnell

NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers

February 1, 2016 | Kenneth Quinnell

An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. read more

In the Courts more

Martinez-Rivera v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

First Circuit; 13-1772 Decision Date: January 29, 2016

In an employment suit brought by a former employee of Puerto Rico's Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (VRA), an agency tasked with integrating persons with disabilities into the workforce, alleging the VRA had discriminated against her because of her disability, age, and politics, in violation of state and federal law, the district court's unexplained dismissal of her claims is: 1) reversed in part as to dismissal of both plaintiff's ADA claim and her local-law claims; but 2) affirmed in all other respects. read more

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