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

(98) 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

(131) 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.

Now,...

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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.

Earlier:

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

(24) 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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New York Bookstore Workers Fired For Voting To Unionize

(520) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:03 PM

On June 24, Bec Goodbourn and Kerry Henderson cast ballots in a union election held for the staff of Book Culture, the independent bookstore where they worked in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York. Like the vast majority of the bookstore's workforce, both Henderson and Goodbourn voted...

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Media Matters Staff Votes To Join Union

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employees International Union on Monday, a union spokesman confirmed.

SEIU Local 500 spokesman Christopher Honey said he could not provide an exact ballot count but said the union...

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5 Political Operatives Just Hammered Women And Workers

(3231) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to the progressive movement, handing down decisions in two high-profile cases regarding birth control and labor unions.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage...

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Supreme Court: Partial Public Employees Can't Be Required To Contribute To Unions

(1372) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 10:07 AM

WASHINGTON -- In a setback for organized labor that could have been much worse, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that certain government-funded employees cannot be required to pay fees to the public sector unions that represent them, a decision that could hurt some unions financially.

The 5-4 ruling in...

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Why SCOTUS's Harris v. Quinn Case Has Unions Terrified

(1550) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 7:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday night, the leaders of America's public-sector labor unions will sleep fitfully, if they manage to sleep at all.

The source of their anxiety -- brewing now for months -- is the Supreme Court's impending decision in Harris v. Quinn, expected to be handed down...

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Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers With Tie To Living Wage Calculator

(271) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it's doing so in a way that may raise the bar for American retailers.

The famous seller of ready-to-assemble home goods will base the wage floor for each of its stores...

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U.S. Senator To FIFA: Take The World Cup Away From Qatar

(48) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Citing allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, a U.S. senator has formally asked FIFA to replace Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament with the second-place bidder.

That would be the U.S.

In a letter to FIFA's executive committee on Friday, Sen. Bob...

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Some House Republicans Start To Wake Up On Wage Theft

(31) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- A growing number of House Republicans agree with their Democratic colleagues that the federal government needs to stop giving contracts to companies that rip off their workers.

Late Thursday, progressives successfully passed an amendment to the House defense spending bill that would bar the Defense Department...

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