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The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Because Getting Pregnant in MA Shouldn't Mean Losing Your Job

MotherWoman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), will be introduced into the House and the Senate on Wednesday, by Senator Lovely, Rep. Story and Rep. Rogers, to combat discrimination by ensuring that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily, or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working and supporting their families.

America's Largest Employer Needs to Step It Up for Pregnant Workers

Dina Bakst | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Dina Bakst

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

Toys from Abusive Chinese Factories Bring No Holiday Cheer

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

According to a recently released report from the nonprofit organization China Labor Watch (CLW), many popular toy brands are manufactured in Chinese factories that have been found to have repeatedly committed a vast number of worker rights violations.

Samsung's Devastating Secret: The Tears Of 'Semiconductor Children'

Huffington Post Korea | Sungyoon Won | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

This article was translated by The Huffington Post from an original report by Hankyoreh, HuffPost's local media partner in South Korea. The piece is p...

Rebranding 'Flexibility'

Naomi Gerstel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Naomi Gerstel

Instead of greater freedom over our work and family lives, "flexibility" now often means that workers need to come in whenever the employer wants them and are sent home when demand is slack. Employers have adopted the language of "flexibility" but rebranded its meaning.

Sit-Down Strike at Walmart and Win? It's Been Done

Dana Frank | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Dana Frank

Recently 28 brave employees staged a sit-down strike at a Walmart store in LA. It might sound far-fetched, but there's a successful precedent: During the Great Depression, Woolworth's was a giant engine of both wealth and poverty, just like Walmart is today.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

Catholic Church Says It Doesn't Have To Show Up In Court After Fired Female Teacher Files Suit

Mother Jones | Molly Redden | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

When Emily Herx first took time off work for in vitro fertilization treatment, her boss offered what sounded like words of support: "You are in my pra...

Qatar at a Crossroads: Reform Labour Laws or Risk Revived Calls for Relocating the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 01.12.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar, caught in a Catch-22 between a requirement to quickly reform its labour system in a bid to convince human rights and trade union activists that it is serious and the need domestically to proceed slowly, risks losing goodwill it has built in recent years.

What's Wrong With the Guide Dog Schools?

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

The average guide dog trainer makes a salary roughly equivalent to the earnings of a high school teacher. But the rewards of guide dog training are great. You work with dogs, help people, and change lives for the better.

These 10 Companies Pay Americans The Least

24/7 Wall St. | Thomas C. Frohlich & Alexander E.M. Hess | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business

In the wake of mounting protests from labor groups, numerous U.S. localities have approved minimum wage increases, including two of the nation’s lar...

General Theological Seminary Resolves Faculty Dispute... Kind Of

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The future of the Episcopal Church’s flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed this week to reinstate mos...

Cast Your Vote for American Values

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Money is pouring into this year's mid-term election -- mostly from the pockets of right-wing billionaires. The total is projected to top $4 billion. Thirteen states have annual budgets of $4 billion or less.

Why I Am Voting for Women: I'm Not a Special Interest Group

Kristen Elechko | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Kristen Elechko

If we remain mired in the past, Massachusetts risks being swept into the sea of red that looms ahead for many states in this mid-term election. Therefore, it is critical that we vote with conviction and steady hand, as the way to lead ourselves to a much brighter future.

Vote for Paid Sick Days as a Basic Right

John Atlas | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
John Atlas

Whether you're an executive director of a law firm, or a healthcare worker, or an adjunct-minimum wage college teacher, or dishwasher, you should have a right to a few paid sick days to care of yourself, your kids or an elderly mom.

On Food Day, a Penny for the American Farmworker

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Rawal

Nearly all of the produce we eat in the United States is handpicked. Machines don't harvest our fresh lettuce, peaches, cherries, carrots, etc. People do. And as one can imagine, that work is difficult.

How To Be Happier At Work

Heather Franzese | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

We also found that simply having a chance to give feedback boosts happiness on the job. Workers appreciate having an anonymous channel, through their mobile phone, to report on sensitive issues like their views of management.

Home Care Workers Take Fight for $15 to the Ballot Box

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

Unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care workers even further -- as a result, the median take-home pay of home care workers in the U.S. equals just over $17,000 per year.

SCOTUS Must Side With Amazon Workers, Rule Against Preposterous Unpaid Time Requirement

Christine L. Owens | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Christine L. Owens

At issue in Integrity Staffing Solutions is the firm's refusal to pay the warehouse workers for the time spent in a mandatory post-shift anti-theft screening required by Amazon, which takes as long as 25 minutes a day, or as much as two-plus hours each week, per worker.

Historic Lawsuit Filed Over Firings Of Transgender Employees

AP | By ED WHITE | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices

DETROIT (AP) — A federal agency on Thursday filed its first lawsuits to protect transgender people in the workplace, accusing a Michigan funeral hom...

More Than 120 Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court To Protect Pregnant Workers

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonabl...

"Greening" NYC Nail Salons for Customers and Workers

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the seasons change and customers again flock to the salons, both consumers and workers alike can be a little more at ease, knowing that safety and health in New York City's nail salons is a priority.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

Why We Should Tip Service Workers Generously

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Just because you don't see a tip jar doesn't mean that tips aren't appropriate or welcome.