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issue 259 mar. 16, 2016

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In the News more

Man fired from Havertown Chipotle for working-condition tweets wins labor ruling

Why Tech Is the Leading Industry on Parental Leave

Meet The Gig Economy Companies That See Investing In Workers As A Smart Business Strategy

CTU leaders plan walkout at schools on April 1

Oklahoma oil and gas workers among those owed $1.6 million in back-pay

When it comes to policies to raise wages, who's singing and who's lip syncing?

Inside the secret talks that settled a threatened NJ Transit strike

Trump has profited from foreign labor he says is killing U.S. jobs

Is McDonald's Responsible for Its Franchise Workers?

Oreo bakery workers protest job cuts

Five Winners (and Four Losers) In a Banner Year for Union Organizing

Yale grad students start a union. Next, they must win bargaining rights.

What you ought to know about the blockbuster McDonalds hearing today in New York

How Do We Close the Wage Gap in the U.S.?

Long-Haul Sweatshops

Topic of the Week more

Broken Heart - Unemployment's Devastating Impact

Organizations need to realize the unemployed still have contributions to make. Here are the 4 "P's" for anyone who is running out of hope after a long stretch of being unemployed. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Organizing Institute apprentices have hit the ground running to help autoworkers build a union at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi-a fight that has been brewing over the past decade. This is the largest class of OI apprentices to be part of any one campaign. It's important because this is a historic campaign to show that union organizing is a civil right and to show that #BlackLivesMatter. read more

Last year, free trade hammered Michigan's 11th Congressional District, located between Detroit and Flint, killing manufacturing, costing jobs and crushing dreams. read more

The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February and unemployment was 4.9%, unchanged from January, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth. read more

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the January goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $45.68 billion. The January goods deficit was $63.7 billion, offset by an $18 billion services surplus. read more

It's bad enough that the move toward individual retirement plans has been a massive failure when it comes to providing average working Americans retirement security. But now there's research that shows that our dependence on individual retirement plans adds fuel to the fire of racial and class inequities in ways that the pension plans that used to be common did not. read more

In the Courts more

Arizona ex rel. Horne v. The Geo Group, Inc.

Ninth Circuit; 13-16081 Decision Date: March 14, 2016

In an employment action brought by the EEOC and the Arizona Civil Rights Division against defendant Geo Group for violating the employment rights of its female employees, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant is vacated where: 1) plaintiffs sufficiently conciliated their class claims against defendant in light of Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, 135 S.Ct. 1645 (2015); 2) plaintiffs can maintain their claims on behalf of aggrieved employees provided that the employee has alleged at least one act of misconduct that occurred within 300 days prior to the date the first aggrieved employee filed her charge against defendant; and 3) an aggrieved employee is not required to file a new charge of discrimination with the EEOC if her claim is already encompassed within the Reasonable Cause Determination or is like or reasonably related to the initial charge. read more

Santana-Diaz v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.

First Circuit; 15-1273 Decision Date: March 14, 2016

In a case under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. sections 1001-1461, challenging the dismissal of the suit as time-barred, the district court's judgment is reversed where: 1) ERISA requires a plan administrator in its denial of benefits letter to inform a claimant of not only his right to bring a civil action, but also the plan-imposed time limit for doing so; and 2) because defendant violated this regulatory obligation, the limitations period in this case was rendered inapplicable, and plaintiff's suit was therefore timely filed. read more

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