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issue 287 oct. 5, 2016

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In the News more

A National Strike Against "Prison Slavery"

The Health Effects of Youth Unemployment

How to Tell if You're Underpaid

Wells Fargo made me work overtime -- without extra pay

Woman claims Portland nursing home fired her for reporting medical negligence

The Not-So-Wholesome Reality Behind The Making of Your Meal Kit

What Nursing Homes Have in Common With Wells Fargo

Mayor's Office Negotiating Directly With Teachers Union To Avoid Strike

Obama Just Guaranteed Sick Days For More Than A Million Workers

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Is Mandated by Labor Department

Chicago Teachers Union sets Oct. 11 strike date

Express Scripts employees to vote on union representation

US Probing Possible Worker Abuse by Wells Fargo

Northwestern graduate students begin to seek union representation after NLRB decision

Suit says SafeAuto stiffed workers on overtime

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Hire a New Boss

Ever dream of being your own boss? Here are four questions to help you take your own entrepreneurial pulse. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Workers employed by candy manufacturer, Just Born Quality Confections, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are on strike over the company’s pension plan proposal. The strike, workers allege, hits the company—which makes Peeps, as well as Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales candies—just as next year’s Easter orders are meant to be made. read more

Bryce Covert

Nation’s Capital Wants to Ban Salary Histories

September 27, 2016 | Bryce Covert

A D.C. lawmaker says asking for salary histories “perpetuates the wage gap problem.” First, Massachusetts became the only state to ban employers from asking about prospective employees’ salary histories. Then New York City and Congress followed suit. Now lawmakers in the nation’s capital want to be the next: A city council member has introduced legislation that would ban salary histories. read more

William Spriggs

Trying to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

September 26, 2016 | William Spriggs

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s open market committee concluded its two-day meeting to set U.S. monetary policy. In a vote that divided the Board of Governors, appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in an open public process, and the presidents of the regional bank board presidents, chosen by boards dominated by banks within their region, Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the FOMC, announced the FOMC decided to hold steady to its current Fed funds rate. read more

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) came out this week in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the construction of which was delayed last week by an order from the Obama administration—a decision that itself stemmed from months of protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux. read more

Since the financial crisis, banks like Barclays and UBS have been caught manipulating interest rates; J.P. Morgan has reluctantly handed over billions for its association with Bernie Madoff, illegal hiring practices, and lax oversight of its own traders among its other misdeeds; while Goldman Sachs has been fined billions for selling toxic subprime mortgages to investors. This past week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo $185 million for creating fake accounts and assigning them to unwitting customers. read more

In the Courts more

Dang v. Maruichi Am. Corp

California Court of Appeal; No. 269005 Decision Date: September 22, 2016

In a worker's suit against his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of public policy, claiming that defendant discharged him for engaging in concerted activity relating to unionizing effort, the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant, on grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction because plaintiff's claim was preempted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 29 U.S.C. section 151 et seq., is reversed where based on the evidence presented on the motion for summary judgment, there is no basis to conclude plaintiff's claim is arguably subject to the NLRA. read more

Williams v. Jani King of Philadelphia Inc.

Third Circuit; No. 15-2049 Decision Date: September 21, 2016

In a putative class action employment dispute involving the world’s largest commercial cleaning franchisor, classifies its franchisees as independent contractors, brought by two franchisees asserting that they are misclassified and should be treated as employees, the District Court's grant of plaintiffs' motion for class certification is affirmed where the claims in this case are susceptible to class-wide determination and the District Court did not abuse its discretion by certifying the class. read more

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