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The Most Important Commentary You'll Read About Ferguson

(196) 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

(156) 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

(285) 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

(53) 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'

(375) 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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Subway Franchisee Invented Fictional Workers To Avoid Paying Overtime: Lawsuit

(474) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- A former Subway sandwich maker in Washington claims his employer used an inventive scheme to avoid paying him overtime: Creating fictional workers.

Erwin Zambrano Moya alleges in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday that the Subway franchise at 2301 Georgia Ave. NW, near Howard University, systematically shortchanged...

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Guitar Center Accused Of Unfair Labor Practices

(69) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after its initial election victory at a Guitar Center store, the union representing the chain's first unionized employees is accusing the retailer of bargaining in "bad faith" and trying to purge the union.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has filed unfair...

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This Congressman Wants To Give You The Right To Sue Union Busters

(106) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- If your boss tramples on your right to organize in the workplace, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes you should be able to sue for damages in federal court. He plans to introduce a bill in Congress next week that would grant you that very right.

"Union busters are...

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The Federal Minimum Wage Has Not Been Raised In 5 Years

(93) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- For those who fear America is changing too fast, take heart in our minimum wage. It hasn't been going anywhere.

As of Thursday, five years have passed since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. On July 24, 2009, the wage floor was hiked...

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Dirty Bathrooms, No Privacy: The Horrifying Struggles Of Breastfeeding Moms Who Need To Pump At Work

(111) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:34 AM

Complaints filed with the Labor Department show that breastfeeding mothers can face serious hardships when they need to pump at work, including lost wages, lack of privacy and dirty bathrooms. (Photo: David Leahy via Getty Images)

In February 2012, a fast-food worker...

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Workers At A Subway Sandwich Shop Vote To Unionize

(134) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:22 PM

A group of Subway sandwich makers just proved that it isn't impossible for fast food workers to unionize.

Workers at a Subway location in Bloomsbury, N.J., on Friday voted in favor of joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The 13 workers are employed by the Tennessee-based travel center...

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Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

(212) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:55 PM

DETROIT -- Throngs of progressive activists, union members and Detroit residents streamed through downtown on Friday to protest the controversial water shutoffs that are leaving homes here dry.

With chants of "water is a human right" and "no water, no peace," protesters demanded an end to the shutoff of past-due...

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Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

(92) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:43 AM

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern Kentucky. Richard Coots, just 23 years old, had been crushed to death by a piece of mining machinery below ground.


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National Teachers' Union Expected To Join Staples Boycott

(131) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:39 PM

In an expected show of solidarity with postal employee unions, the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers will vote Saturday on a proposal to boycott Staples.

A leading postal employee union launched a boycott of the office supplies retailer earlier this year, after the U.S. Postal Service announced a new...

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U.S. Chamber Lobbies To Kill Measure That Would Punish Wage Theft (UPDATE)

(69) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:05 PM

UPDATE: 8 p.m. -- Despite the lobbying from business groups, the wage theft amendment passed the House with bipartisan support Thursday afternoon.


WASHINGTON -- Some of the nation's leading business lobbies are pressuring House lawmakers to spike bipartisan legislation that would take government contracts away from firms...

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Union Severs Ties With United Negro College Fund Over Koch Money

(25) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the country is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the storied scholarship group's relationship with the Koch brothers.

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in a letter...

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After Harris V. Quinn, SEIU Wants To Unionize 26,000 Home Care Workers In Minnesota

(17) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:50 PM

After being dealt a major setback by the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, the Service Employees International Union is plowing ahead in its efforts to organize home care workers, filing a petition Tuesday for what could be one of the largest union elections in Minnesota history.

According to SEIU,...

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Indie Bookstore Rehires Workers It Fired For Supporting The Union

(87) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The owners of an independent bookstore in New York City have rehired four workers who were fired shortly after they voted in favor of union representation.

As HuffPost reported Wednesday, the Morningside Heights shop Book Culture recently canned a group of workers who had backed an organizing drive...

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Republicans Formally Oppose A Union For College Athletes

(268) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- After holding a hearing to air their concerns over college football players unionizing, congressional Republicans took their opposition to the idea a step further on Thursday, filing a brief with the federal labor board against collective bargaining for college athletes.

The brief, submitted by six Republicans...

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