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issue 294 nov. 22, 2016

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In the News more

Right-to-Work Backers Plan Push for Laws in Three States

Many For-Profit College Graduates Earn Less Than Minimum Wage

How Apple Empowers, and Employs, the American Working Class

DOL Persuader Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

If You Are Being Mansplained to in Sweden, You Can Now Call a Hotline to Report It

Uber and Houston Make Temporary Peace as Super Bowl Approaches

Laid-off UCSF tech workers allege discrimination in suit

Report: These big businesses offer no paid family leave, or keep it secret

Factories that made clothes for Forever 21, Ross paid workers $4 an hour, Labor Department says

Sleepy's drivers ruled employees; OT decision is next

The number of workers joining the gig economy has slowed dramatically, says study

Wal-Mart Tells Workers: Don’t Download Labor Group’s Chat App

Paid Family Leave Could Be a Reality in Trump’s America

UPS air maintenance workers vote 98 percent to authorize strike

NLRB Orders Wang Theatre To Bargain

Topic of the Week more

Dogma: Spotting It Where You Work

Most organizations have their organizational dogma, rules that everyone just accepts to be true. There is only one problem, often these rules don't apply any more. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Voters approved an increase to $12 an hour by 2020 in Arizona, Colorado and Maine. Washington voted to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020—and index it to inflation after that. In Flagstaff, Arizona, voters approved an increase above the new state minimum wage, raising it to $15 an hour by 2021. read more

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals-immigrants, religious minorities, people of color-face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. read more

Dave Johnson

Is TPP Really Dead?

November 15, 2016 | Dave Johnson

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) dead or not? The President-elect says he is against TPP. TPP may be the thing that cost Clinton the election. The voters obviously were against it. The head of the Senate says he won’t bring it up for a vote. But House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t said a thing. And, of course, Wall Street and the giant multinational corporations want TPP and they want it bad. read more

It’s become a regular feature of elections in recent years: Even as the federal minimum wage stays stuck at $7.25 an hour, with congressional Republicans refusing to raise it, voters resoundingly choose to raise state and local minimum wages. read more

In July 2015, the University of California’s student-workers union, United Auto Workers (UAW) 2865, passed a resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to terminate the membership of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA). read more

In the Courts more

Dinslage v. City and County of San Francisco

California Court of Appeal; No. 142365 Decision Date: November 9, 2016

In a suit brought by a former employee of Recreation and Parks Department, who was one of a large number of employees who were laid off and retired after unsuccessfully applying to be rehired in a newly created classification, alleging age discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Gov. Code section 12940, subds. (a), (h), (j), the trial court's judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed where plaintiff failed to make out a prima facie case of retaliation. read more

Matson v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

Ninth Circuit; No. 13-36174 Decision Date: November 4, 2016

In a state equal employment case alleging a hostile work environment against plaintiff's employer, asserting, among other claims, a state law gender-based hostile work environment claim, the District Court's judgment is reversed where the District Court erred erred in holding that an employee's state law gender-based hostile work environmental claim was preempted under section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). read more

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