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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 TBD.com 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.

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Rick Perry Says The Unemployment Rate Is 'Doctored'

(646) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 11:46 AM

After a two-year hiatus from politics, unemployment trutherism made its return to the Republican campaign trail on Monday, making a brief appearance alongside Rick Perry at an Iowa breakfast.

According to Bloomberg Politics reporter Dave Weigel, the former Texas governor told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that...

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Workers Sue McDonald's For Discrimination, Opening New Front In Franchise Fight

(110) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:18 AM

A group of former McDonald's workers from Virginia are suing their stores for racial discrimination and sexual harassment -- and they're taking the rare step of naming the world's foremost fast-food company as a defendant in the suit.

The 10 plaintiffs -- nine of whom are African-American, and one of...

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Senate Democrats Stand Up For Speedier Union Elections

(81) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 8:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- With Republicans looking to block one of the biggest labor law reforms of the Obama era, Senate Democrats are telling the National Labor Relations Board that it has their support in speeding up the union election process.

In December, members of the NLRB announced that they would move...

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Obama Pushes 'The Right Thing' For Workers: Paid Leave, Minimum Wage, Pay Equity

(508) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the U.S. job market on more solid footing, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to advance a philosophy he’s increasingly embraced over the past year -- that the federal government can and should raise baseline standards inside the American workplace.

Whether...

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Democrats Urge Obama To 'Be Bold' On Overtime Pay Expansion

(542) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Concerned the White House may bend to Republicans and business groups, House Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to "make the bold choice" and aggressively expand overtime pay for the nation's salaried workers, according to a letter from lawmakers viewed by The Huffington Post.

Last year, Obama directed...

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Obama To Propose Tax Hikes On Wealthy, Breaks For Middle Class

(3072) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 2:06 PM

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will lay out a plan to extend tax credits to the middle class by hiking taxes on wealthier Americans and big banks, according to senior administration officials.

Under the plan, the capital gains tax for couples with income...

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So Obama Wants To Give More Workers Paid Leave. Here's How He Can Do It Without Congress.

(10) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the White House began making its case for more paid leave in the American workplace. With the Republican-controlled Congress unlikely to pass legislation on the issue anytime soon, President Barack Obama has decided to take some action on his own, offering at...

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White House Makes Big Push For Paid Family Leave

(231) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 5:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to sign a memorandum giving federal workers at least six weeks of paid family leave after a child is born, according to a post by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett on the professional networking site LinkedIn.

The executive action appears to be...

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How Democrats Could Get Outflanked On The Minimum Wage

(130) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a recent conference meeting, Senate Democrats eager to see the federal minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour were presented with a proposal. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) suggested that Democrats could offer a trade to their Republican colleagues: In exchange for agreeing to legislation authorizing the construction...

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Elizabeth Warren Says Economy Is 'Rigged' Against Workers

(361) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 4:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- With a celebrity assist from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the AFL-CIO union federation hosted what it billed as a national summit on raising wages in D.C. on Wednesday, making its case for progressive labor policies to reduce U.S. income inequality.

The union group and its high-profile guests, including...

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Obama To Decide Whether You Deserve Overtime Pay

(108) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 7:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- If you're a salaried worker in the U.S., chances are you don't get paid overtime at your job, even if you work 100 hours a week and sleep on a dingy cot at the office. But thanks to looming federal reforms, you may soon find yourself earning time-and-half...

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More States Than Ever Will Raise Their Minimum Wage On New Year's Day

(307) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:04 AM

If you're a minimum wage earner and of drinking age, be sure to raise a glass when the ball drops Wednesday night. There's a decent chance you'll be getting a pay raise.

Thanks to a raft of state-level laws and ballot measures this year, 20 states will be hiking their...

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The Factory Workers Behind Your iPhone Are Too Tired To Eat, Report Says

(186) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-based labor watchdog group says it has uncovered disturbing working conditions inside a Chinese factory producing parts for our favorite electronic gadgets.

According to a new report from the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, workers at the Zhen Ding Technology...

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New York Attorney General Goes After Jimmy John's Over Noncompete Agreements

(295) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:59 PM

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman plans to send letters to Jimmy John's sandwich shops on Tuesday asking them to hand over information related to the chain's controversial noncompete agreements for workers, according to Schneiderman's office.

As HuffPost first reported in October, many rank-and-file workers at Jimmy...

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Feds Accuse McDonald's Of Violating Workers' Rights

(176) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM

In a major blow to big franchisers, the National Labor Relations Board issued several complaints against McDonald's on Friday, naming the fast food giant a "joint employer" alongside its franchisees accused of violating labor law.

The fast food industry has been fearing just such a move by the board, since...

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What A Fired Qdoba Worker Tells Us About The Fast Food Strikes

(422) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 4, Rosa Velasquez went on strike to protest low wages in the fast food industry. The following day, the 52-year-old grandmother lost her job at a Qdoba restaurant inside the Pentagon.

Velasquez says the greatest indignity wasn't being fired from her $8.75-per-hour position. It was being...

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It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize

(89) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials unveiled new rules on Friday that will streamline and simplify the union election process, a reform long sought by labor unions and fiercely opposed by businesses.

Among other changes, the rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board will limit some of the litigation that can...

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Your Boss Can't Stop You From Organizing A Union Over Work Email: Feds

(10) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a significant win for labor unions, federal regulators ruled Thursday that employers can't prevent their workers from using company email to organize and discuss their working conditions outside of work.

The decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board gives workers a statutory right to...

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Congress Wants To Let Truck Drivers Stay On The Road Longer

(114) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:43 PM

The spending bill put forth by members of Congress late Tuesday would shelve new safety requirements imposed last year on the country's truck drivers.

The rider in the so-called cromnibus bill would suspend what are known as the new "restart" rules, which govern when and how long truckers need to...

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Justice Clarence Thomas Suggests Amazon Warehouse Workers Should Unionize

(218) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:09 PM

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court came down unanimously against a group of temporary workers in Amazon warehouses. The workers were required to undergo mandatory, unpaid theft screenings once their shifts ended, and their case, Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, focused on whether they should be compensated for...

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