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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. A Capitol Hill resident, he’s won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Hillman Foundation’s Sidney Award.

Entries by Dave Jamieson

Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

(126) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON -- Kicking off the third consecutive year of protests, Walmart workers in six states have formally submitted strike notices to their bosses ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy, calling for higher wages and better hours, according to OUR Walmart, the group representing the workers.

OUR Walmart did not...

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A Landmark Retail Workers 'Bill of Rights' Passes Unanimously In San Francisco

(40) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Amid growing concern over erratic work schedules, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a first-of-its-kind law aimed at securing more stable hours for retail workers.

Dubbed "the retail workers bill of rights," the law, which passed the 11-member, all-Democratic board unanimously, requires the city's large...

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Six Years Later, Walmart Still Hasn't Paid A $7,000 Fine For Black Friday Worker's Death

(157) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- This coming Black Friday will mark six years since a worker died beneath a throng of shoppers at a Walmart on Long Island. Although federal regulators faulted the retail giant in the tragedy, Walmart still hasn’t been compelled to pay the modest $7,000 fine that was levied against...

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Doggy Day Care Chain Makes Pet Sitters Sign Noncompetes To Protect 'Trade Secrets'

(88) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Last month, The Huffington Post revealed that Jimmy John’s sandwich shops subject their low-wage workers to stringent noncompete agreements, theoretically barring them from working at other sandwich shops after they leave their jobs at Jimmy John's.

So if the guy making your tuna sandwich has to...

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Elizabeth Warren Hosts Walmart Workers On Capitol Hill, Calls For Minimum Wage Hike

(45) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- As they try to rally support for legislation aimed at improving low-wage jobs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) invited members of the worker group OUR Walmart to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to brief Congress on working for the world’s largest retailer.

At the forum...

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Unions Fight Postal Service Plans To Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards

(163) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the U.S. Postal Service planning to shut down 82 more plants starting in January, postal worker unions and allies in Congress are pushing for a late-game moratorium on closures they say will weaken the agency and further slow down the mail.

The scheduled shutdowns are part of...

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Progressive Dems: Obama Should Push Economic Executive Actions After Midterm Losses

(513) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders have warned President Barack Obama that pursuing more executive actions after last week's midterm drubbing would be like playing with fire. But Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said on Monday that unilateral action by the president on economic issues...

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Most States Will Now Have A Higher Minimum Wage Than The One Set By Congress

(205) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Americans want to raise the minimum wage, and they're done waiting around for Congress to do it for them.

On Tuesday night, voters in four states -- Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota -- passed binding ballot measures that will hike their minimum wages. None of...

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Democrats Had Winning Issues, Just Not Winning Candidates

(343) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- If American voters want to see the minimum wage raised, they sure have a funny way of showing it.

Binding ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage passed by wide margins in four red states on Tuesday night. And yet the Democratic candidates who've been...

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Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:47 PM

Massachusetts on Tuesday became the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters decisively approving a sick-leave ballot initiative, 60 percent to 40 percent.

Under the measure known as Question 4, employers will have to provide their workers with one hour of...

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Minimum Wage Raise Passes In Four GOP States

(88) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Voters in four red states approved ballot initiatives to raise their state minimum wages on Tuesday, sending another message to Washington that Americans support a higher wage floor.

Binding minimum wage referendums were on the ballot in Arkansas, Nebraska, Alaska and South Dakota on Tuesday, with

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Tuesday's Voters Want To See A Minimum Wage Hike

(47) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most voters heading into Tuesday's elections said they believe income inequality has grown worse in recent years and think it's important to raise the minimum wage, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Sixty-nine percent of likely voters surveyed said the gap between the rich and poor...

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More Red States Are Poised To Raise The Minimum Wage

(349) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 8:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress may be in no mood to hike the minimum wage, but four conservative-leaning states are poised to do it on their own next week.

Initiatives to raise the minimum wage appear on the ballot in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota on Tuesday....

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Meet The Working Mother Taking Her Pregnancy Discrimination Case To The Supreme Court

(129) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she had every intention of continuing to work delivering packages for UPS in Maryland. At the urging of the company's occupational health manager, Young visited her doctor to obtain a note detailing any work restrictions she might need. Her doctor recommended...

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Poultry Processor Discouraged Injured Workers From Seeing Doctors, Feds Find

(24) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's leading poultry processors exposed its line workers to painful musculoskeletal injuries and discouraged them from reporting those injuries to doctors, an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found on Wednesday.

Wayne Farms, which bills itself as the fifth-largest poultry producer in the...

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Jimmy John's Noncompete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

(114) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 7:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats plan to send a letter to the Labor Department and the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday asking the federal agencies to look into the use of noncompete agreements by the Jimmy John's sandwich chain.

As The Huffington Post first reported last week,...

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AFL-CIO Calls On Obama To Set Mandatory Ebola Safety Standards In The Workplace

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace safety standards be put in place for workers who could be exposed to Ebola.

In his letters, Richard Trumka called for "enforceable" guidelines to help protect...

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Labor Secretary Says U.S. Record On Paid Parental Leave Is 'Dismal': 'We Need To Lead'

(62) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector.

Speaking at the National...

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Jimmy John's Noncompete Agreement, All Mapped Out

(138) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 6:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Huffington Post reported on Monday, many workers at Jimmy John's sandwich shops have been asked to sign the sort of strict noncompete agreement usually reserved for high-level executives. According to the clause, the worker agrees not to take a job at a competing...

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Jimmy John's Makes Low-Wage Workers Sign 'Oppressive' Noncompete Agreements

(339) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:03 PM

If you're considering working at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop, you may want to read the fine print on your job application.

A Jimmy John's employment agreement provided to The Huffington Post includes a "non-competition" clause that's surprising in its breadth. Noncompete agreements are typically reserved for managers or employees...

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