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issue 264 apr. 20, 2016

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Baltimore Councilwoman To Propose $15 Minimum Wage

Chicago schools need to borrow more, CEO Forrest Claypool says

Technology is helping Verizon ride out one of its biggest strikes ever

Gerawan workers’ vote to decertify UFW nullified by ag labor board

Family leave rights finalized for same-sex spouses of federal employees

Life-Expectancy Inequality Grows in America

Companies can push for progress

Injured Employee Featured In Workers' Comp Investigation Settles Her Case

California appeals court upholds teacher tenure, a major victory for unions

Proposed ordinance would mandate five paid sick days a year in Chicago

In Verizon Strike, Blue-Collar Stress Hits the Sidewalks

Eight state AGs probe retail chains' 'on-call' work schedules

Verizon Workers Strike on East Coast After Deadline Passes

Sure, Equal Pay Day is about what's in women's paychecks. It's also about fairness.

Brown signs California law boosting paid family-leave benefits

Topic of the Week more

Five Surprising Hiring Statistics: And What You Can Do About Them

Here are five key statistics, and corresponding strategies, to give you insight so that you can be one of the people who do get hired. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Leaders of the unions representing nearly 40,000 Verizon telecommunications workers in big cities and small towns from Maine to Virginia announced today that their members would be going on strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday without "a major change in direction" in contract talks now underway, according to Communications Workers of America (CWA) president Chris Shelton. read more

For years, the campaign against public school teachers and their unions has lurched from one outrageous argument to another to support its case. Teachers' unions are accused of fighting for their salaries and benefits while ignoring the interests of school children. Prominent pundits say the unions "block needed reform" and protect "bad teachers" – even hiding sexual predators. read more

Every two years since 1981, the Detroit- and Brooklyn-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has rallied union members and wannabe members, as well as some union staff and elected leaders, to join in a long weekend of sharing stories, strategies and wisdom gained in their workplace skirmishes. read more

he withdrawal by New York based pharma giant Pfizer of a proposed merger with Irish company Allergan could save U.S. taxpayers billions. If the merger had been completed under the Treasury Department's old rules, Pfizer could have dodged paying $35 billion in taxes on $150 billion in overseas profits. In 2014, Treasury revised rules to make it harder for corporations to use the process called "inversion" to avoid paying taxes in the United States. The AFL-CIO recently joined more than 50 organizations that sent a letter to the Treasury calling for stiffer rules on inversion so that companies are required to pay their fair share. read more

The February trade deficit numbers are out. Exports were up but imports were up way more than exports. Result: We shipped even more jobs and wealth out of the country in exchange for stuff we could have made here. That means we also shipped out essential components of our manufacturing ecosystem, further harming our ability to make a living in the future. read more

In the Courts more

Baughn v. Dep't of Forestry

California Court of Appeal; 072462 Decision Date: April 6, 2016

In a government employment suit appeal from the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, and an award of attorney fees to the successful plaintiff, the trial court's judgment is: 1) affirmed as to denial of the motion where defendant failed to demonstrate plaintiffs' action arose from conduct taken by defendant in furtherance of its right of speech in connection with a public issue or an issue of public interest; and 2) reversed as to the award of attorney fees, where the trial court relied on an improper basis for awarding fees to plaintiff. read 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

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