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issue 281 aug. 24, 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

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Getting a Raise Before You Start

45% of employers expect to negotiate with a job candidate for a larger salary during an initial job offer. Sadly, almost half of workers simply accept the first offer given to them. Here are four tips to utilize during your next salary negotiation. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Alexandra Bradbury

Postal Workers Fend Off Attacks in New Contract

August 17, 2016 | Alexandra Bradbury

They didn’t end three-tier in a single blow. But in a new contract covering 200,000 members, the American Postal Workers Union made serious headway and fended off most concessionary demands, including the Postal Service’s effort to create yet another tier. read more

Average weekly wages (inflation adjusted) of public-sector teachers decreased $30 per week from 1996 to 2015, from $1,122 to $1,092 (in 2015 dollars). In contrast, weekly wages of all college graduates rose from $1,292 to $1,416 over this period. read more

As roughly 10,000 conference goers gathered in Richmond, Va., to talk about unions and low-wage work, organizers behind the nationwide campaign demanded a union of their own. read more

A new economic working paper reinforces an important reality: We need more government spending to repair the economy for millions of working Americans. Unfortunately, our political debate is being held back by an economic myth – one that has yet to be challenged in political debate, despite an ever-growing body of evidence against it. read more

Drinking water supplies for at least six million Americans contain toxic industrial chemicals at levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended safety limit. read more

In the Courts more

Fontanillas-Lopez v. Morel Bauza Cartagena & Dapena

First Circuit; No. 15-1326 Decision Date: August 5, 2016

In a suit alleging sex discrimination claims under federal and Puerto Rico law against plaintiff's former employer, the District Court's denial of plaintiff's motion to vacate summary judgement to defendants on her federal claims and dismissal of state claims, and grant of attorney's fees are affirmed where plaintiff has failed to show that the district court abused its discretion in holding her to the local rules' ordinary page limits, in awarding attorneys' fees to the prevailing defendants, or in rejecting her motions to set aside the summary judgment order and the fees award. read more

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