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issue 257 mar. 2, 2016

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In the News more

Economists betting on jobs rebound in Feb.

As Detroit Starts to Mend, Its Schools Lurch Toward Fiscal Crisis

Chicago Nabisco Workers Continue Fight to Preserve Local Jobs

The lawyers who are fighting for the same rights as janitors

Birmingham wanted a $10.10 minimum wage. Alabama said no. How pay for the lowest wage-earners has turned into a national fight

With Fewer Members, a Diminished Political Role for Wisconsin Unions

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez On The Movement To Raise Minimum Wages

The recovery is generating more high-wage jobs - but does that matter?

Managed by Q's 'Good Jobs' Gamble

Obama Has A Plan To Bring Paid Leave To 828,000 Workers

The Fairness Factor

Poorest Areas Have Missed Out on Boons of Recovery, Study Finds

Oregon's Smart Approach to a Minimum Wage

Wal-Mart hikes pay minimum to $10, rolls out scheduling changes

Unions and the fight for civil rights

Topic of the Week more

Talk Less, Say More: Improving Workplace Communications

Communication sounds so easy in theory, but it's often so painful at work. Which reminds me of a statistic I recently read at What kills more people each year in the U.S., sharks or vending machines? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Many different aspects of Justice Scalia's legacy on the Supreme Court have been discussed extensively since his death, but one important issue has largely escaped attention: his outsized role in promoting the use of forced arbitration in consumer, employment and a wide range of other types of contracts. read more

Conservatives had a great plan in motion to decimate unions. If Justice Antonin Scalia hadn't died in his sleep, they almost certainly would have pulled it off. read more

With the death of leading anti-union reactionary Antonin Scalia, the current docket of Supreme Court cases has been thrown into turmoil. read more

Laura Clawson

Paid Sick Leave Coming To A Fifth State: Vermont

February 22, 2016 | Laura Clawson

Vermont is about to become the fifth state in the U.S. with a paid sick leave law. read more

The Friedrichs vs. CTA Supreme Court case, a nakedly partisan assassination attempt on the labor movement, has died with Justice Antonin Scalia. What cannot die with it is the sense of existential crisis within the labor movement. read more

In the Courts more

Construction Ind. Force Acct. Council v. Ross Valley Sanitation

California Court of Appeal; 139069 Decision Date: February 19, 2016

In an action for mandamus and declaratory relief brought by a contractor trade association, the trial court's ruling, that sanitary district defendant lacked statutory authority under Public Contact Code section 20803 to engage its own work force to complete a sewer system improvement project without putting the project out for competitive bid and contract, is reversed where nothing in the statutory language or scheme of section 20803 would limit defendant's autonomy to complete its pipebursting project or projects using its own labor force. read more

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