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Dave Jamieson
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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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Pregnant Worker Says Pier 1 Imports Forced Her To Take Unpaid Leave

(95) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:57 PM

A pregnant worker has filed a lawsuit challenging Pier 1 Imports' policies toward expectant mothers, saying the home-goods retailer forced her to take unpaid leave due to her pregnancy.

In her suit filed in California state court on Wednesday, Kimberly Erin Caselman argues that the company's practice of providing pregnant...

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Postal Union Fights Staples Partnership: 'A Big Step Toward Privatization'

(37) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:34 PM

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. -- On a recent Saturday morning, 500 protesters poured out of a parade of school buses, signs and megaphones in hand, and tried their best to shame a single Staples store just outside Chicago. Among them was Mike Suchomel, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service,...

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Busy Day For House GOP: Blocks Bills On Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, LGBT Rights, Mine Safety

(502) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a single committee meeting Wednesday, House Republicans voted against considering bills to raise the minimum wage, reform mine safety law and expand equal pay and discrimination protections. They opted instead to move legislation generally seen as unfriendly to labor unions.

A procedural maneuver by Democrats put their...

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Maryland Passes Minimum Wage Raise, But With Major Drawbacks For Progressives

(119) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:41 PM

On Monday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the very number on which congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama have set their sights.

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley...

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In Wake Of Protests, Walmart Workers Find More Hours Within Reach

(577) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:04 PM

In her nearly two years with Walmart, Maya'Neisha Johnson has typically worked about 20 hours a week at her Western Arkansas store, while pursuing a bachelor's degree. But lately, when her class schedule permits, Johnson has managed to pick up an extra shift or two a week, often logging more...

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Tom Harkin Asks For One Last Raise Before Retirement

(24) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin keeps a copy of a D.C. restaurant worker's paycheck in his Capitol Hill office. The Democrat likes to talk about it when he's making his case for a higher minimum wage for tipped workers. The pay stub shows that after tax withholdings, the waiter's pay...

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Even Goldman Sachs Analysts Say A Minimum Wage Hike Wouldn't Be A Big Job Killer

(223) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:29 PM

A recent analysis by Goldman Sachs found that the effects of a federal minimum wage increase on employment levels would be relatively modest, offering a rosier view of the Democrats' proposal than a recent study from the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO report released in February suggested that...

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Moderate Democrats Open To Lower Minimum Wage Hike: Report

(443) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Already facing heavy Republican opposition, congressional Democrats who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour now find themselves beating back a less ambitious proposal being considered by a contingent of their own party.

The Hill reported Tuesday that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was discussing with...

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Domino's Franchisees Settle Wage Theft Investigation In New York For $448,000

(318) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The owners of 23 Domino's Pizza locations in New York agreed Thursday to pay workers nearly half a million dollars to settle a wage-theft investigation by the office of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Schneiderman's office says it uncovered a raft of labor law violations that occurred between 2007...

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Northwestern Football Players Win First Round In Union Battle

(1181) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Football players at Northwestern University have cleared the first major hurdle in their closely watched unionization effort, with an official of the National Labor Relations Board determining that the players are employees and thus eligible to vote in a union election.

Peter S. Ohr, regional director for the agency's Chicago...

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White House: Minimum Wage Hike Will Help Close The Gender Wage Gap

(236) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:00 AM

Hoping to give Democrats' minimum wage legislation a boost in Congress, the White House released a report on Wednesday making the case that raising the wage floor would benefit women in particular and help close the gender wage gap.

The White House report, produced in part...

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Romney: Obama's 'Naivete' On Putin Helped Lead To Crisis In Ukraine

(2241) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama has been naive about Russia's "intentions and objectives," and that the president's "faulty judgment" on Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the current situation in Ukraine worse.

"The president's naivete with regards to Russia and his faulty judgment...

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Possibility Of War With Russia 'Very High' And 'Growing'

(188) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Ukraine Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said Sunday that the likelihood of armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine was "very high" and "growing."

"I would say if you wanted to measure [the possibility of war] somehow, it's becoming higher," Deshchytsia told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." "Because the problem is...

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Congressman: 'Frustration' With Malaysian Government Over Flight Search

(87) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 10:10 AM

A member of the House Aviation Subcommittee criticized the Malaysian government Sunday for a lack of openness with other nations as it the leads the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

"I wish it was better," Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) said of the communication between Malaysia and other...

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Migrant Workers In World Cup Host Qatar 'Enslaved,' Living In Squalor: Report

(519) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:28 PM

After visiting labor camps near the Qatari capital of Doha, an international federation of trade unions has issued a blistering report chronicling the labor and human rights abuses unfolding in the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Drawing on data from the Indian and Nepalese embassies,...

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Port Truck Drivers Labeled 'Independent Contractors' Told They Have Right To Unionize

(86) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:26 PM

A port trucking company in California has been ordered to hang a small notice that could become a big deal.

As part of a settlement with the Teamsters that was finalized on Thursday, Pacific 9 Transportation in Carson, Calif., has agreed to hang a posting in the workplace saying workers...

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Rana Plaza Survivor Left With Debilitating Trauma, Mere $519 In Compensation So Far

(24) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outside Rana Plaza, a garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workers had become aware of a large crack in the building the previous day. Unconvinced...

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New York Settles With McDonald's Restaurants In Wage Theft Investigation

(608) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:56 PM

New York state has reached a settlement with the owner of seven McDonald's franchises that will give nearly $500,000 to fast-food workers who claimed they were shorted on pay, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The attorney general's labor bureau found that cashiers regularly performed off-the-clock work before...

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Congress Members Tell USDA Not To Speed Up Poultry Lines

(90) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another snag. On Monday, 68 members of Congress -- nearly all Democrats -- signed a letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that he scrap the proposal...

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Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But...

(1916) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- As Senate Democrats build campaign attacks tying the political agenda of Charles and David Koch to Republican candidates, conservatives answer with cherry-picked data that the political might of labor unions is much greater than that of the billionaire brothers.

A...

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