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Dave Jamieson

How The GOP Turned Back The Clock On Labor Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In August 2011, Lafe Solomon received one of the least desirable overtures in modern Washington: a subpoena from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-C...

States Air Their Differences At Supreme Court

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Dave Jamieson

Tom Coburn's Office Now Has More Workers Than The Agency Overseeing Workers' Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that enforces labor law on companies and unions has been almost entirely shuttered since the government shutdown bega...

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages.

Walmart's War Against Unions -- and the U.S. Laws That Make It Possible

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

So what's the secret to Walmart's "success" in remaining 100 percent nonunion? In short, it's the corporation's thorough exploitation of our nation's anemic labor laws.

The NLRB, the IRS, and the Cancer of Senate Obstructionism

Peter M. Shane | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

What we are witnessing today in depressing, even contemptible form is a GOP-led congressional subversion of two of the most elementary norms on which our government rests.

Bangladesh Apparel

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.

More And More Workers Claim Companies Are Withholding Pay

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

Do American companies have a problem with paying their employees? A growing number of workers seem to think so. Collective action lawsuits alleging...

Dave Jamieson

Inviting Fury From GOP, Obama Doubles Down On Recess Appointments

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Doubling down on President Barack Obama's bold recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, t...

Dave Jamieson

GOP Threatening Middle Class: Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and labor leaders went on the offensive against anti-union House Republicans Wednesday, accusing GOP members and business grou...

Yes, Conservatives, There Is Sexual Harassment

Red Room | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Red Room

As an employment lawyer who has handled sexual harassment cases for 25 years, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: Yes, conservatives, there is sexual harassment. It's real. It happens every day.

Dave Jamieson

Employers Firing Workers For Facebook Rants Need To Follow Law: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- American workers have been taking to Facebook and Twitter to passionately vent their workplace gripes, often in the most personal and vu...

Dave Jamieson

Republicans: Bedrock Overtime, Minimum Wage Laws Due For Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

In a Congressional hearing Thursday, Republican lawmakers indicated a willingness to reform the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the bedrock Depressio...

Dave Jamieson

Company Unfairly Fired Worker Over His Facebook Posts, Say Feds

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced today that it has filed a complaint alleging that a Chicago-area car dealership wron...

A Transformational Strategy for American Labor

Thomas Kochan | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Thomas Kochan

If labor fails after rebuffing the worst of these attacks, the slow decline in private‐sector unionism will be mirrored by a similar decline in the public sector that accelerates the race to the bottom for the American economy.

Did They Die in Vain?

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Alan Grayson

The teabaggers want to "take back America." They want to take it back, all right -- take it all the way back to the 19th century.

Women at Work: Historic Photos From the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

We celebrate Women's History Month with this selection of photographs, and observe the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a seminal event in women's labor history.

'Just Cause' Gone Wild: A Growing Movement Questioning Tenure and Public Union Representation

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Wendy N. Powell

We see that guarantee of a job forever in education and it begs us to wonder why tenure exists and if it makes sense for the future. Do we understand tenure and is it necessary?

Sensational Cases Expose Conditions Faced by Overseas Workers Throughout Asia

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Each year, inhabitants of the least-developed Asian countries pursue the economic benefits of overseas employment despite the high social cost at home and possibility of injury at the hands of employers abroad.

Despite New Hailed Organizing Rules, Airline Workers Still Face Tilted Playing Field

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

US Airways is determined not to see its Piedmont Airlines workers unionized. Baggage handlers at non-unionized work subsidiaries of US Airways Express, like Piedmont, make half of what their unionized counterparts.

Wage Theft Swamps Chicagoland: Workplace Protections Are Failing Cook County's Low-Wage Workers

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Amy Traub

What if we had a minimum wage, but nobody felt constrained to pay it? What if day-long shifts never came with a meal break?

Solis Has Got It: Enforcing Workplace Rights for Undocumented Immigrants Protects American Citizens

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

When U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis unveiled the Labor Department's new wage and hour enforcement and awareness campaign last week, she emphasize...

Unpaid Internships Investigated: 'Mostly Drudgery' Means Employers Must Usually Pay, Say Regulators

New York Times | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws, officials in Oregon, California and other states have begun investigations and fined...

Albany's New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt the Hidden Crime Wave

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Nearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year. The crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage.