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issue 260 mar. 23, 2016

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In the News more

Life as an Undercover Union Organizer

National Airport workers join those at other major hubs in a 24-hour strike for better wages

Fired worker accuses of Smithfield Foods with labor law violations

CTU's April 1 strike legal or illegal? State board would decide

The biggest threat to American workers is slowly starting to go away

Carrier Workers See Costs, Not Benefits, of Global Trade

How Citizens United Made It Easier For Bosses To Control Their Workers' Votes

Top Economic Issue for Working Women? Equal Pay, Union Survey Says

How Sunday stopped being special for the American worker

Oreo bakers union's motion denied by federal judge

Factory jobs trickle back to the U.S., giving hope to a once-booming mill town

Ireland's industrial peace begins to fray in a political vacuum

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

Topic of the Week more

Bosses Don't Have to Be a Four Letter Word: Coaching Strategies

People will fall down at work and need help getting back on their feet. Here are four strategies to get your organization to be more productive AND more humane. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Last weekend, Washington, D.C.-area construction unions worked with the Wounded Warrior Project to renovate the Virginia home of a veteran wounded while serving in the Iraq War. read more

Dave Johnson

What's The Problem With "Free Trade"

March 14, 2016 | Dave Johnson

Our country's "free trade" agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate. read more

Sarah Lewis

Why Are Millennials Worse Off Than You Are?

March 11, 2016 | Sarah Lewis

Millennials, as a generation, have been. And this isn't the lament of over-indulged, basement-dwelling, spoiled brats complaining about having to pay student loans for a degree in the philosophy of memes. Data clearly shows that today's young workers are basically screwed. read more

Last week, award-winning labor and business reporter Steven Greenhouse published a comprehensive article on T-Mobile's disgraceful labor and consumer practices. read more

The most important election in Virginia this year has no candidates on the ballot. 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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