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issue 291 nov. 2, 2016

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In the News more

$2M settlement in whistleblower case that allowed mayor to skip testimony

A Woman Says She Was Fired Over Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Gretchen Carlson Takes on Mandatory Arbitration, a Battle Previous Warriors Always Lost

Federal employees behind in pay by 34 percent on average, salary council says

Several States, Some Employers Help Workers Make Time To Vote

Oregon's top civil rights lawyer sues attorney general over Black Lives Matter profiling scandal

Employee Gets Day in Court, Thanks to Ambiguous Arbitration Pact

Retailers Follow Wal-Mart's Lead on Overtime Rule Compliance

Hundreds of Companies Are Giving Workers Election Day Off

You may soon be able to exchange your extra vacation days for other perks

Harvard Workers Went On Strike and Won—Here’s How They Did It, and How Students Helped

Cook County approves $13 hourly minimum wage affecting suburbs

2 Kentucky Police Officers Win Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Signing a Non-Compete Agreement? Read This First

City pushes legislation to add paid sick leave for domestic violence victims

Topic of the Week more

Connected: Using Body Language to Connect When Networking

Which reminds me of a 38-year-old man who was hospitalized in Princeton, WV with gunshot wounds. He had been drinking beer and reported accidentally shooting himself three times, as he attempted to clean each of his three guns. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

This week, North Carolina found out it is not getting 730 new jobs and a quarter-billion-dollar impact that it was the top contender for. The reason? Its anti-LGBT law, HB2, which bans trans people from using the bathroom and bars municipalities from protecting LGBT people from discrimination. read more

Julie Chinitz

The Real Living Wage? $17.28 An Hour – At Least

October 25, 2016 | Julie Chinitz

Fifteen dollars shouldn’t be too much to ask – or demand. In almost every state, a worker needs more than $15 an hour to make ends meet. Add in student debt, and the minimum living wage shoots up to $18.67 an hour nationally. A family with children needs significantly more. read more

After going without a contract for more than a year, and with their administration withdrawing from negotiation, faculty at Pennsylvania state colleges and universities (but not including Pennsylvania State University, confusingly enough) went on strike Wednesday. read more

A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states “support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association.” read more

Dave Johnson

How Can We Do ‘Trade’ Right?

October 20, 2016 | Dave Johnson

People have figured out that our country’s “trade” deals haven’t been working our so well for “our country.” A visit to Flint, Detroit or almost any town, city, state or region that was built around manufacturing make it clear what we have done. Shifting jobs and factories to places where people are paid squat and are forced to work long hours with few protections while the environment is sacrificed might have put a lot of money into the pockets of already-wealthy executives and Wall Street “investors” but it hurt almost everyone and almost everywhere else in the country. read more

In the Courts more

Cleaton v. Dep't of Justice

Federal Circuit; no. 2015-3126 Decision Date: October 13, 2016

In an appeal of the Merit Systems Protection Board's decision sustaining petitioner's removal from his position as Correctional Officer pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 7371, which mandates the removal of any law enforcement officer who is convicted of a felony, the Board's decision is affirmed where the Board did not err in finding that petitioner was convicted of a felony on May 6, 2014. read more

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