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issue 274 jun. 29, 2016

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In the News more

District of Columbia mayor signs $15/hour minimum wage into law

Proposed San Francisco Tech Payroll Tax Would Raise Millions

Atlantic City Inches Closer To Casino Workers Strike

EEOC Settles One of Its First Sexual Orientation Lawsuits

Labor unions file lawsuits challenging ‘right-to-work’

For Detroit’s Children, More School Choice but Not Better Schools

The Supreme Court Has Left an Undocumented Workforce in Limbo

What will happen if Atlantic City casino workers strike?

For Md. workers who may have been shortchanged, a hotline and many questions

The next $15: Seattle’s latest labor movement is about scheduling — and power

White TV anchor fired after racial comments fights back with discrimination lawsuit

Ugly Divorce’ No Grounds for Getting Fired, State High Court Rules

D.C. Cir. Finds NLRB Order Clashed With Precedent

Study: Social media now a workplace tool for some

Labor Department needs to clarify change to overtime rules, rules Supreme Court

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Burned Out At Work

Are you checked-in or checked-out at work? Find out. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

There is a clause in many “free-trade” agreements allowing corporations to sue governments in corporate courts for passing laws, regulating and other things that might limit their profits. Never mind if the people of a country want to do something to make their own lives better; these agreements say that their governments have to pay corporations if they do. read more

The national movement toward a minimum wage of $15 an hour is picking up steam in Baltimore, with a key test of strength for the local movement expected before the end of the summer. read more

A federal appeals court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board move modernizing and streamlining union representation elections. The rule, which business lobby groups like the American Builders and Contractors and the National Federation of Independent Business have tried to brand as “ambush elections,” cuts down the time employers have to fire and intimidate union supporters, and reduces the endless litigation employers would use to prevent workers’ voices from being heard. read more

With the decisive victory for union members at Verizon, 2016 is already on pace to be the second year in a row where recorded strike activity has increased over the previous half-decade. Now, a new decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could restore legal job protections for striking workers, making workplace job actions a more common—and more powerful—union strategy. read more

Years ago a political scientist said that the mass media can’t influence what people think, but it can influence what people think about. Today it does both. If you’re a billionaire who wants to manipulate public opinion, that means you’ll keep feeding it stories that serve your ideology and self-interest. read more

In the Courts more

Gilman v. Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc.

Second Circuit; 15-0603 Decision Date: June 16, 2016

In an employment action in which two employee-plaintiffs, under threat of termination, refused to explain themselves to their employer-defendant, which was facing a threat of criminal indictment premised on the actions of the plaintiffs, the District Court's summary judgment dismissing the complaint is affirmed where defendant had cause to fire plaintiffs for their refusal to comply with its reasonable order. read more

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