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issue 271 jun. 8, 2016

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In the News more

Browning-Ferris fights U.S. ruling on 'joint employment' in court

D.C. lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.

Jobs Threatened by Machines: A Once ‘Stupid’ Concern Gains Respect

5th Cir. Backs NLRB Ruling on Macy's Bargaining Unit

How do we research the “sharing” economy — when the data can’t be validated?

District of Columbia to vote on $15/hour minimum wage

Seattle weighs rules for work schedules

Overtime rule is a lifeline for the middle class

Divide on tipped-worker issue remains as D.C. vote nears on $15 minimum wage

NLRB Splits on Permanent Replacements Rule

America’s jobs market has had a great 2016. Will it last?

'We need to continue fighting for equality': Assembly approves gender-equity pay bill

The workplace is a last bastion of stigma. But even that’s beginning to change.

Morgan Stanley to Rate Employees With Adjectives, Not Numbers

More Americans Plan to Retire After 70

Topic of the Week more

Staying Alive: Retirement, Not the End, But A New Beginning

Retirement is probably more complicated now for most of us, but you can still take control of the process, rather than letting it take control of you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The long Verizon strike has ended, and the unions won. This means that the American middle class won, too. read more

Isaiah J. Poole

Vouchers Subsidizing Education Failure

May 31, 2016 | Isaiah J. Poole

The false god of school vouchers has been unmasked once again, this time by a Brookings Institution study that says students in Louisiana and Indiana using vouchers to attend private and religious schools ended up doing worse on reading and math scores than their public school counterparts. read more

With the strike by unionized Verizon workers going into its seventh week, Campaign for America’s Future’s Isaiah J. Poole conducts a short interview with Sara Steffens, Secretary Treasurer of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). read more

The meat and poultry industry remains exceptionally dangerous, despite a decline in reported injuries and illnesses over the past 10 years, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. read more

It’s been five years since self-styled education reformer Michelle Rhee left her job as head of the District of Columbia Public Schools under a cloud of bitterness and controversy, but she is still throwing shade over the Washington city school system. read more

In the Courts more

Jacob Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation

Seventh Circuit; 15-2997 Decision Date: May 26, 2016

The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that arbitration agreements containing class waivers are illegal, adopting the position of the National Labor Relations Board and creating a split with the Fifth Circuit that leaves the issue on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep. read more

Conrad v. CSX Transportation, Inc.

Fourth Circuit; 15-1035 Decision Date: May 25, 2016

In an employment action under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA), 49 U.S.C. section 20109, alleging plaintiff was disciplined in retaliation for his activities as local chairman of the transportation union, the District Court's grant summary judgment in favor of employer-defendant is affirmed where defendant had failed to show that any employee of defendant involved in the disciplinary process had also known about his union activities. read more

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