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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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So That Happened: The Obama Trade Deal Elizabeth Warren Hates Gets A Vote

(63) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So that happened. This week we look at one Washington State community in which the battle for a $15 minimum wage has been won, discuss the latest developments in the political battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and discuss the 2016 election by talking about how much we hate the 2016...

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How Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 Changed These Workers' Lives

(189) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:33 AM

SEATAC, Wash. -- In late 2013, voters in this airport town outside Seattle narrowly approved a groundbreaking measure setting a minimum wage of $15 per hour for certain workers. When the new law went into effect last year, Sammi Babakrkhil got a whopping 57 percent raise.

A valet attendant...

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Jimmy John's 'Oppressive' Noncompete Agreement Survives Court Challenge

(145) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 3:11 PM

The use of restrictive noncompete agreements with low-wage workers may have made a laughingstock of Jimmy John's last year, but so far the sandwich chain is doing just fine defending those agreements in court.

This week a federal judge in Illinois declined to grant an injunction...

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Workers At Education Department, National Zoo Claim They Were Shorted On Pay

(9) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of D.C. workers employed under federal contracts filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Wednesday alleging that they've been illegally underpaid for years.

Most of the 15 workers named in the letter to officials earn less than $10 per hour and work at...

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Walmart Seeking Foreign Guest Workers To Fill U.S. Tech Jobs, AFL-CIO Finds

(131) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Walmart is famous for keeping labor costs down inside its more than 5,000 brick-and-mortar U.S. stores. According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, the world's largest retailer may have found a way to save money on its tech workers in the U.S., too.

Researchers at the labor...

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Microsoft To Require Its U.S. Suppliers To Offer Paid Leave

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:21 PM

For the past several months, White House officials and Democrats in Congress have been using the bully pulpit to encourage more U.S. businesses to offer their workers paid leave. Their motto: “Lead on leave.”

On Thursday, Microsoft showed them how it’s done.

In a blog post...

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Supreme Court Sides With Pregnant Workers

(58) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a victory for pregnant women in the workplace, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a worker who sued shipping giant UPS for pregnancy discrimination, sending her lawsuit back to a lower court where she had previously lost.

The case, Young v. United Parcel...

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Supreme Court Sides With Pregnant Workers

(73) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:29 PM


(Recasts lead, adds company reaction and quotes from plaintiff's lawyer)

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a former driver for UPS Inc by giving her another chance to argue that the package delivery company discriminated against her when it refused...

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Obama Says Workers Are Being 'Cheated' Out Of Overtime Pay

(614) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said his administration would soon release details of a highly anticipated reform to the nation's overtime rules, telling The Huffington Post on Friday that many Americans were being "cheated" out of time-and-a-half pay.

"What we’ve seen is, increasingly, companies skirting basic overtime laws, calling...

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Obama Calls On NCAA To Rethink The Way It Protects And Punishes Athletes

(101) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Weighing in on the growing debate over amateurism in college sports, President Barack Obama said on Friday that universities bear "more responsibilities than right now they're showing" toward their athletes and that the NCAA should require schools to guarantee athletic scholarships with no strings attached.

"[T]he students need...

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Walmart Has Finally Stopped Fighting The $7,000 Fine For A Worker's Death On Black Friday In 2008

(10) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 4:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Back in 2008, a worker named Jdimytai Damour died beneath a crowd of shoppers who poured through the doors of a Long Island Walmart on Black Friday. The tragedy made national news and prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA ultimately faulted Walmart for...

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Filipinos Say They Worked For $3 Per Hour As U.S. Guestworkers

(61) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Eleven Filipino bakery workers say they were lured to the U.S. by the promise of high wages to support their poor families back home. Instead, they claim in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in California court, they were forced to work 14-hour days for as little $3 an hour, threatened with...

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Democrats Want To Guarantee Your Right To Seek A Flexible Work Schedule

(162) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Democrats in the House and Senate plan to introduce a bill Wednesday that would guarantee workers the right to request flexible work arrangements without being punished by their employers.

The legislation, called the Flexibility for Working Families Act, would not force employers to grant such arrangements, but it would require...

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Senate Democrats Consider Raising Their Minimum Wage Proposal To $12

(404) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate's labor committee, has been reaching out to her Democratic colleagues to rally support for a more ambitious minimum wage proposal, according to a Senate source familiar with the conversations.

Murray's idea: hike the federal minimum wage to $12 by...

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'Managers Told Me To Put Mustard On It': Fast-Food Workers Say Burns Are Rampant, File OSHA Complaints

(376) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:17 PM

More than two dozen low-wage McDonald's workers filed health and safety complaints against the fast-food chain on Monday, alleging that understaffing and time pressures in stores have led to burns, falls and other injuries, according to the worker group representing them.

The 28 complaints, involving stores in 18 cities, were...

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Scott Walker Skips Firefighters Conference

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Presidential hopefuls from both parties made their way to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill this week, where they spoke to thousands of firefighters at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference. Everyone from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stopped by, with former...

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Joe Biden Warns The Right Is 'Intent On Breaking' Labor Unions

(53) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 6:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the leading labor union for firefighters on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hammered the GOP for pursuing budget cuts and trying to restrict collective bargaining rights, telling the crowd that Republicans are "willing to sacrifice your needs on the altar of ideology."

"They act as if...

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So That Happened: Scott Walker's Union Bust Delivered Behind A Wall Of Gaffes

(194) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 6:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, let's talk about you. What kind of stuff do you like to read on this site, and how do we provide it when Congress takes off a day early to avoid a snow storm? Senior Politics Editor Paige Lavender explains.

Listen to this week's...

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Wisconsin Republicans Pass Right-To-Work Bill, Walker Plans To Sign

(1068) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Following a heated, all-night debate between lawmakers in Madison, the Wisconsin state assembly passed right-to-work legislation on Friday morning, sending the controversial bill to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Once Walker signs the anti-union bill, as he has promised to do, Wisconsin will become the...

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Workplace Injuries Are Adding To Income Inequality: Labor Department

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- There are no shortage of culprits in the national debate over rising income inequality, but President Barack Obama's Labor Department would like to add one more to the list: on-the-job injuries.

In a new report issued Wednesday, Labor Department officials argue that workplace injuries and...

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