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issue 277 jul. 14, 2016

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In the News more

NLRB Will Report Federal Contractors' Labor Violations

Seattle mayor proposes more paid leave for city employees with newborns, ill family members

New overtime rule could help millions

A new tipping point for the American workforce

Canada Post issues 72-hour lockout notice, work stoppage possible Friday

Part-Time Jobs and Thrift: How Unpaid Interns in D.C. Get By

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

Topic of the Week more

Technology Addiction: Do You Own Them or Do They Own You?

It IS possible to not let your devices control you. This week's strategies are designed to make make these devices work for you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

All of us suffer consequences when corporations cheat. Silicon Valley’s tech companies make a lot of money, but many of them dodge paying taxes. San Francisco is going to try to do something about it. Three supervisors are proposing that the city tax tech companies to help pay the costs these companies impose on the city. read more

Three big wins for workers in the last nine months arrived where you might least expect them: in the old, blue-collar economy. That’s the economy where unions are down to 6.7 percent, where wins are rare and workers are supposed to be on their way out. read more

While 100-degree heat in June may be unusual, serious illness and deaths caused by extreme heat at U.S. job sites is not. read more

Robert Borosage

Jobs Report: Change Still Needed

July 8, 2016 | Robert Borosage

The June jobs report – a cheery 287,000 new jobs, with unemployment ticking up to 4.9 percent – is cause for both relief and concern. read more

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) passed the “persuader rule” that closed a major loophole, which has for decades allowed employers to hire attorneys and consultants to secretly assist them in what is politely referred to in the industry as “union avoidance.” The goal of this activity is to persuade and prevent workers from organizing unions. read more

In the Courts more

Pacific Maritime Assoc. v. NLRB

Ninth Circuit; 13-35818 Decision Date: July 8, 2016

In a case in which an employer-plaintiff filed an unfair labor practice charge against a union, and the National Labor Relations Board issued a Notice of Hearing under section 10(k) of the National Labor Relations Act, which directs the Board to hear and determine disputes concerning unfair labor practice charges, the District Court's grant of summary judgment to plaintiff is reversed where the District Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to vacate an interlocutory decision of the Board issued under section 10(k). read more

Guessous v. Fairview Property Investments

Fourth Circuit; 15-1055 Decision Date: July 6, 2016

In a suit alleging 42 U.S.C. section 1981 claims for race discrimination hostile work environment and retaliation and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. section 2000(e), claims for discrimination based on religion, national origin, and pregnancy, hostile work environment, and retaliation, the District Court's grant of summary judgment to defendant on all counts is vacated where genuine issues of material fact exist with respect to all claims. read more

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