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Dave Jamieson

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U.S. Smacks Guatemala Over Worker Rights, Opens Trade Case

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States accused Guatemala this week of failing to live up to the labor standards spelled out in the countries' trade agreement, pursuing a case that could lead to fines if Guatemala doesn't move to better protect its workers.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he...

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Democrats Try To Stop Coal Industry From Swindling Sick Miners

(14) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rolled out a plan Thursday that they said would make it harder for coal companies to cheat miners suffering from black lung disease out of the benefits they should be entitled to.

The bill, proposed by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), is designed...

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Republican Proposal For Labor Law Reform 'A Disgrace,' Says Labor Leader

(412) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans say they have a plan to save U.S. labor law from partisanship and dysfunction. But their prescription for reform could make for even more gridlock -- and critics say that's the whole idea.

On the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) unveiled a bill that...

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American Airlines, US Airways Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Union

(61) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of service agents at American Airlines unionized with their new colleagues at U.S. Airways on Tuesday, making the most of last year's airline mega-merger.

In a combined union election, airline employees voted on whether to join CWA-IBT, a joint union of the Communications Workers of America and...

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Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s

(194) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:46 PM

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according to experts with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In a letter published Monday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical...

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How Obamacare Could Be A Huge Boon To 'Alt-Labor' Groups

(64) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Officials at Working America, the AFL-CIO's non-union affiliate, believe they may have found a path toward long-term financial viability -- and it runs through the Affordable Care Act.

The big question for so-called alt-labor groups like Working America -- which have been sprouting up as the...

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Millions Of California Workers Are About To Get Paid Sick Days

(392) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:40 PM

In the largest expansion of its kind to date, the state of California on Wednesday extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would otherwise have to choose between a day's pay and working while ill.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed a bill making California the only state other...

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House Republicans Go To Bat For McDonald's In Fast-Food Fight

(90) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- A legal dispute over whether McDonald's can be held accountable for the labor law violations of its franchisees spilled into Congress on Tuesday, when House Republicans held a hearing to defend the franchise system that insulates fast-food companies from liabilities.

As they have throughout the Obama presidency, GOP...

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'$15 Could Change Everything': Hundreds Arrested As Fast-Food Workers Strike Nationwide

(1362) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:37 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wendy's and a KFC. Calling for a living wage of $15, they seated themselves in the middle of a freeway entrance, backing up traffic as far...

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This Is What It's Like To Sit Through An Anti-Union Meeting At Work

(515) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:18 AM

One day last fall, employees of Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company, were subjected to what union organizers like to call a captive audience meeting.

Employers hold these anti-union meetings once they've gotten wind of an organizing campaign in their midst. Whether the meeting is led by in-house managers...

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Fast Food Strikes Coming To 150 Cities, Organizers Say

(317) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:17 AM

If Irvin Ortega doesn't show up for his scheduled shift at an Oakland McDonald's this week, it will mark the third time in the past year and a half that the 25-year-old has taken part in the nationwide fast food strikes.

"My manager was telling me, 'It's your...

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Most Americans Believe Employers Should Be Required To Give Workers Paid Vacation: Poll

(184) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of requiring large U.S. employers to provide their workers with at least some paid vacation time, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

In a poll conducted ahead of Labor Day, 75 percent of respondents said they believe in placing such a...

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Reagan Appointee 'Unravels FedEx's Business Model' In Court Ruling

(86) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 5:29 PM

In a decision that one judge wrote "substantially unravels FedEx's business model," a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers are employees of the company, rather than the "independent contractors" that FedEx characterizes them as.

The decision by the panel for...

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SEIU Wins Election To Represent Minnesota Home Care Workers

(35) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:54 PM

The Service Employees International Union won an election on Tuesday that will make it the representative for 27,000 home care workers in Minnesota -- the largest bargaining unit of public-sector workers in the state's history.

According to the state's Bureau of Mediation Services, which oversaw the election, the...

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The Most Important Commentary You'll Read About Ferguson

(319) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:02 PM

What do we do about Ferguson?

That was the inevitable question facing teachers throughout St. Louis in the days following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in nearby Ferguson on Aug. 9. With summer drawing to a close, students were heading back to school just as...

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Wendy's Worker Says She Was Fired For Being Sick

(161) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:56 PM

A 6-year veteran Wendy's worker in Alabama is alleging that management fired her for "job abandonment" while she was being treated for an ovarian cyst that would require surgery.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Friday, Jamila Richey accuses Wendy's of Bowling Green, Inc. of dropping her...

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Fast Food Companies Just Lost A Really Big Fight In California

(288) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Delivering a blow to McDonald's and other fast-food chain owners, the California State Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would expand the rights of franchisees in their dealings with the brands under whose names they operate.

The measure, known as SB 610, would make it more difficult...

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Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote To Join Union

(19) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Three years after a failed bid to unionize, flight attendants at Virgin America airlines on Wednesday voted decisively to join the Transport Workers Union.

According to TWU, the vote was 430 to 307, with 58 percent voting in favor. The attendants would be the first Virgin America employees...

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How Obama Suddenly Became Pro-Worker

(56) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 7:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- In May 2013, low-wage workers in federal buildings in Washington began walking off the job in a series of one-day strikes. Employed by concessionaires and janitorial contractors at places like the Smithsonian and the Ronald Reagan Building, the workers said their rock-bottom wages weren't enough to survive on....

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Jimmy John's Accused Of 'Systematic Wage Theft'

(378) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Jimmy John's, the "freaky fast" sandwich staple of America's college towns, is being sued by two former employees for what they describe as "systematic wage theft" at the fast food chain.

In their lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Karolis Kubelskas and Emily Brunner claim that...

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