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issue 275 jul. 6, 2016

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In the News more

MIT pay raise shows janitors’ union clout

Behind shrinking middle-class jobs: A surge in outsourcing

San Francisco Considers Tax on Tech Companies to Pay for Boom’s Downside

Unionized janitors in Denver metro area ratify new contract

Unionized janitors in Denver metro area ratify new contract

Rauner signs stopgap budget, school funding bill — but relief from stalemate proves temporary

What happens when we all become our own bosses

For Employees, Workplace Technology Stirs Up Both Angst And Exuberance

To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete Pacts

5th Cir. Revives Texas Suit Over EEOC Criminal Check Guidance

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’

Topic of the Week more

Can You Hear Me?: Becoming a Better Listener

Does it sometimes feel like no one is listening at work? You're not alone. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Walmart is making its annual push to get credit for its self-proclaimed massive investment in U.S.-made products, which means it’s time for a reality check. read more

Richard Eskow

Brexit and the New Global Rebellion

June 28, 2016 | Richard Eskow

Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. read more

If you actually read Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speech to his supporters Thursday – rather than the news coverage of it – you will immediately grasp the importance of this weekend’s gathering in Chicago of about 3,000 progressive leaders and grassroots activists. read more

At least eight protesters were killed and 53 injured earlier this week in clashes with police in Oaxaca, Mexico, during demonstrations against neoliberal education reforms. read more

LGBT people may be able to marry, but in many states they can also be fired or not hired because they’re LGBT. And House Republicans are fighting to keep that from changing. read more

In the Courts more

Weisner v. Santa Cruz County Civil Service Comission

California Court of Appeal; 041850 Decision Date: June 22, 2016

In an appeal arising from the 2008 termination of plaintiff's employment with the County of Santa Cruz, which after several years of litigation ended with plaintiff's reinstatement without back pay, the trial court's denial as moot of plaintiff's petition for administrative writ of mandamus seeking back pay and other benefits as part of the reinstatement of employment is reversed where the Santa Cruz Civil Service Commission did not lose jurisdiction to grant relief because plaintiff resigned from his reinstated employment with the County. read more

Morrison v. County of Fairfax

Fourth Circuit; 14-2308 Decision Date: June 22, 2016

In a suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), involving the question of whether the fire captains of Fairfax County, Virginia, firefighters who serve as first responders to fires and other emergencies, fall within that exception so that they are not entitled to overtime compensation, the District Court's judgment in favor of the Government, finding that the fire captains are exempt, is reversed where no reasonable jury could find by the requisite clear and convincing evidence that any of the Captains is exempt from the FLSA's overtime requirement. read more

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