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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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Feds Accuse McDonald's Of Violating Workers' Rights

(138) 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

(402) 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

(86) 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

(107) 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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George W. Bush: Jeb Would Beat Hillary Clinton In 2016

(1023) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 12:54 PM

George W. Bush says that he badly wants his brother Jeb to run for president -- and that if he were to face off against Hillary Clinton, he would "absolutely" beat her in a 2016 matchup.

"He knows I want him to run," the former president told Candy Crowley on...

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Eric Garner's Widow: 'I Feel Like He Was Murdered'

(105) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 11:52 AM

The widow of Eric Garner, the man who died this summer after police on Staten Island put him in a chokehold, said Sunday that her husband was regularly hassled by police and never resisted arrest in his encounters with cops.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Esaw Garner said her...

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Bill De Blasio Explains Why His Son Needs To Be Careful Around Cops

(552) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Facing heat from the police union, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stood by his comments from earlier this week that his biracial son needs to take special precautions around cops.

De Blasio explained after the non-indictment of Eric Garner that he and his wife "had to...

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Government Shutdown Talks May Gut Retirement Security Rule

(740) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- One casualty of the House budget talks to avert a government shutdown may be a proposed rule requiring investment advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, according to multiple House Democratic sources.

Labor activists and financial reform experts have heralded the rule as a...

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Graduate Student Labor Union To Vote On Boycott Of Israel

(147) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a looming vote that already has stirred passions on California campuses, a labor union representing graduate students in the state university system will decide this week whether to formally endorse a boycott of Israel.

The University of California Student-Workers Union, a local union of the United Auto...

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Walmart Black Friday Protests Hit Major Cities With Calls For '$15 And Full Time'

(367) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Dirk Rasmussen had Friday off and could have slept in if he wanted to. Instead, the Maryland resident and Teamster rose early and drove to downtown Washington, eager to join a post-Thanksgiving protest against Walmart.

"Our local [union] president encouraged us to take part," said Rasmussen, 58, who...

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Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

(529) 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

(77) 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

(166) 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'

(107) 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

(164) 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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