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Dave Jamieson
Dave Jamieson is the Huffington Post’s labor reporter. Before joining the D.C. bureau, Jamieson reported on transportation issues for local Washington news site and covered criminal justice for Washington City Paper. He’s the author of a non-fiction book, Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, and his stories have appeared in Slate, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and Outside. He’s won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Hillman Foundation’s Sidney Award.

Entries by Dave Jamieson

Obama Has A Plan To Bring More Workers Overtime Pay. Here's What It Means For You.

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:14 PM

In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American workers. His proposal, which does not require approval from Congress, constitutes arguably his most sweeping economic reform through executive action since taking...

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Obama To Unveil Plan To Bring Overtime Pay To 5 Million More Workers

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama this week will propose a plan to extend overtime pay to 5 million American workers who are currently excluded under federal law, according to sources.

The president will recommend updating overtime rules so that salaried workers who earn less than roughly $50,400 per year would...

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Liberals Just Had An Amazing Week At The Supreme Court

(677) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 7:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- The conservative Roberts Supreme Court just gave American liberals the most joyous judicial week they could have asked for.

In a span of just two days, the rightward-leaning court all but settled Obamacare as the law of the land; reaffirmed key components of housing discrimination law meant to...

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이케아의 최저임금 인상은 굉장한 성공이었다. 그래서 임금을 또 올린다.

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:51 PM

이케아가 미국 매장의 최저 임금을 크게 올리겠다고 처음 발표한지 1년이 지난 지금, 이케아는 6월 23일에 내년에 다시 한 번 전국적으로 임금을 올릴 계획이라고 발표했다. 이케아 매장의 최저 시급은 12달러에 육박하게 된다.

조립 가구를 만드는 이케아가 1월에 확립한 시스템 하에서는 미국 매장의 초임은 해당 지역의 주거비, 식비, 교통비 등을 고려하여

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Massachusetts Home Care Workers Win Fight For $15

(64) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:19 PM

Massachusetts home care workers have notched the latest victory in the Fight for $15.

Under an agreement Thursday with the office of Gov. Charlie Baker (R), 35,000 home care workers in the state will be guaranteed a wage of $15 per hour, according to 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East. The regional...

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Ikea's Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It's Raising Wages Again

(319) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- A year after it first announced a major minimum wage hike in its U.S. stores, Ikea said Wednesday that it plans to implement another nationwide raise to its wage floor next year, bringing the average store's starting pay to nearly $12 per hour.

Under the system that...

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McDonald's Accused Of Hanging California Produce Workers Out To Dry

(202) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- After impounding the ballots for more than a year, federal officials last week tallied the votes in an acrimonious union election at Taylor Farms Pacific, a California vegetable producer that supplies garnishes to major fast-food companies. According to the preliminary count, the Teamsters narrowly lost the election, with...

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What It's Like To Be Black And Live Under A White Neighbor's Confederate Flag

(954) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 6:58 PM

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Annie Caddell proudly flies the Confederate flag in her front yard here in the Charleston suburbs. She maintains a cache of spare flags on her front porch, replacing the one on her white flagpole every few months, after it gets tattered. A visitor to her home --...

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Charleston Mourns The Dead At Emanuel AME: 'I Knew Every Single One Of Them'

(269) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:28 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Andre McPherson has been coming to the Emanuel AME Church here off and on since 2003. His visit on Thursday night was his first in a couple of years, he said with a hint of guilt, but he felt he owed it to the church...

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Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not An Independent Contractor, Rules California Labor Official

(378) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:54 PM

An official at the California Labor Commission has taken an axe to Uber's claim that its drivers are really independent operators and not employees of the tech company.

In an opinion filed in state court Tuesday -- and posted here by TechCrunch's Jordan Crook -- Stephanie Barrett, a...

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Democrats Want To Ban Noncompete Agreements For Low-Wage Workers

(107) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 6:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Chiding companies such as Jimmy John's and, Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would forbid employers from requiring low-wage workers to sign noncompete agreements, a practice they said locks workers into their jobs and depresses wages.

The bill, called the Mobility and Opportunity for Vulnerable Employees...

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Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch In Discrimination Case

(788) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:44 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in the interview.

Samantha Elauf, the job seeker at...

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Jimmy John's Enforces An 'Insanely Restrictive' Dress Code On Franchisees And Their Workers

(1202) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- If you want to work at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop, you'll need to bring a "killer work ethic" and a "rock star personality," as the chain's job advertisements like to say.

You're also going to need a surprisingly particular wardrobe.

Despite its efforts to...

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Getting Paid To Relax On Memorial Day? You Probably Aren't A Low-Wage Worker

(478) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- Each year, on the last Monday of May, millions of Americans ditch work to hit the beach, light up the barbecue or catch a ballgame in honor of those who died serving our country. To top it off, we typically get paid just as if we'd clocked in...

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Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren Tell Obama To 'Fight For $15' With Executive Power

(417) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Fight for $15 labor movement has found some high-profile allies in the U.S. Senate, and now they're asking President Barack Obama to get onboard.

In a letter to the White House led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday, 18 senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren...

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Democrat Running For Congress Calls For A $10.10 Minimum Wage, But His Hotels Pay Less

(63) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- As part of his bid for Congress, Iowan Ravi Patel has circulated a petition urging House Speaker John Boehner (R) to support boosting the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as congressional Democrats have proposed.

"In the wealthiest nation on earth, it is disgraceful that a full-time...

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Meet The Fist-Shaking Socialist Behind America's Highest Minimum Wage

(20) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 5:15 PM

(Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, looking at some of the people and issues that will shape the world in the next decade.


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Obama's Scheduled Visit To Nike Has Trade Deal Skeptics Scratching Their Heads

(145) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- If President Barack Obama wants to win over liberal skeptics of his mammoth trade deal, he sure has a funny way of showing it.

According to the White House, the president plans to visit Nike's headquarters in Oregon on Friday to continue making his case for the Trans-Pacific...

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White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay

(319) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 9:24 AM

The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president's economic agenda, a reform to overtime rules that could result in a pay bump for millions.

Fulfilling an executive order issued last year by President Barack Obama, Labor Department...

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Obama And Democrats Raise Their Minimum Wage Proposal To $12

(215) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- With fast-food workers going on strike and local governments raising their wage floors, Democrats in Congress have decided their stalled proposal to hike the minimum from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour needs to be revised. On Thursday, they introduced a bill that would boost it to $12 per...

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