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issue 262 apr. 6, 2016

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In the News more

Supreme Court refuses to hear Wal-Mart case; Pa. workers owed $224M

Coalition files brief with high court in bag bill suit

California's top court tells employers to give workers a chair

Workers: Nabisco layoffs more than campaign trail sound bites

What it's like to live in a city with a $14 minimum wage

Low jobless rate juiced by workers who settle for part-time gigs

Five U.S. women's soccer players file wage discrimination complaint

5 things to know about the Chicago teachers strike

The Cities on the Sunny Side of the American Economy

With 'Gigs' Instead of Jobs, Workers Bear New Burdens

Strike is back on for U.S. airport workers seeking higher pay, job protections

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout

The Uber business model loses some of its sheen

How a $15 Minimum Wage Went From Fringe to Mainstream

Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4

Topic of the Week more

Leading by Listening

41% of bosses had a de-motivating impact on the team's performance! Here are four strategies for more effective bossing. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

When Justice Antonin Scalia died, virtually every labor activist in the country thought one thing: "Friedrichs?" Now, the Supreme Court has announced its decision on the case in question-and all those labor activists are breathing a sigh of relief. read more

On Monday, yet another "elite" pundit tells us that moving our jobs and factories and manufacturing ecosystem out of the country is good for us. This time it is Neil Irwin writing at the New York Times' Upshot, "The Trade Deficit Isn't a Scorecard, and Cutting It Won't Make America Great Again." read more

Dave Johnson

So MANY Op-Eds Pushing Corporate "Free Trade"

March 28, 2016 | Dave Johnson

Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's campaign criticisms of our country's disastrous trade policies are resonating with voters. In response there has been a flurry - a blizzard - of op-eds from noted celebrity, "establishment" pundits, explaining that moving millions of jobs out of the country is good for us because it means lower prices for those who still have paychecks. They sell these lower prices as a ""free lunch" that we will never have to pay for. read more

Those 123 young women and 23 men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, deserve to be remembered. read more

Thanks to a new transparency rule released by the Department of Labor called the "persuader rule," these firms are no longer allowed anonymity. Employees deserve to know whether these third-party union busters are being employed to influence their decision about forming a union with their co-workers. read more

In the Courts more

Hamilton Park Health Care Center v. 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Third Circuit; 15-2595 Decision Date: April 1, 2016

In an arbitration action arising from a collective bargaining dispute, the district court's denial of a petition to vacate an arbitration award is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) the parties consented to a multi-year arbitration award; but 2) a provision authorizing a new round of arbitration violates both the Federal Arbitration Act and the National Labor Relations Act and should be severed. read more

Ling v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.

California Court of Appeal; 039367 Decision Date: March 25, 2016

In an award for attorney's fees arising from an employment action in arbitration, the trial court's correction of an award of attorney's fees to plaintiff as opposed to defendant was affirmed where: 1) the arbitrator's award to employer-defendant was contrary to California Labor Code section 1194's one-way fee shifting provision; 2) statutory rights to attorney's fees are not waived or forfeited by an arbitration agreement; 3) trial court's remand to the arbitrator did not violate federal law; and 4) additional award of attorney's fees to plaintiff which was vacated as it was not supported by the arbitration agreement or statute. read more

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