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issue 265 apr. 20, 2016

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In the News more

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

The Jerk: Surviving a Jerk at Work

There are plenty of things that you can do to reduce the damage from a jerk where you work. Even if the jerk in question is your boss. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

When news about lead contamination in the water supply of Flint Michigan made headlines across the nation, many compared the crisis to Hurricane Katrina. Even Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called the disaster “his Katrina,” comparing the failure of government leadership in his state to the failure of public officials who left Katrina victims stranded. read more

Last year President Obama went to Nike headquarters to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But Nike doesn’t make shoes in the US, and TPP would force companies like New Balance to stop making shoes here. New Balance kept quiet about this, but now says the administration offered the company a big contract in exchange for its silence. New Balance is talking now, because the contract never came through. read more

Let’s be clear about North Carolina’s H.B. 2 and other “bathroom laws” popping up in states that would bar transgender people from using the restroom facility of their identified gender: We won’t stand for it. read more

Ninety percent—or 60 million of the world’s estimated 67 million domestic workers, some 80 percent of whom are women—labor without any basic social security protections, says a new International Labor Organization (ILO) report. Developing countries have the biggest gaps in coverage but wealthier nations are not immune to this problem. read more

Isaiah J. Poole

On Equal Pay Day, We Could Use Some Sunshine

April 14, 2016 | Isaiah J. Poole

Imagine a workplace where everyone clocked in at 9 a.m. and was paid the same day’s wage for the work they did – but the men could get their pay for the day at 3:20 p.m. and leave, while the women had to stay on the job until 5 p.m. to get the same check the men got an hour and 40 minutes earlier. 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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