CNN illegally fired hundreds of union workers in a round of layoffs ten years ago, the NLRB ruled Wednesday. The company must not only rehire and compensate the wronged workers, but acknowledge the Communications Workers of America union as their sole bargaining agent.
Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 did not meet this requirement.
New York and Illinois have done a fantastic job of curbing the practice known as "employee misclassification" – where shady businesses use a loophole to call workers independent contractors and get out of paying taxes (and giving benefits or a living wage to the workers).
Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing. The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
We've always had labor in this country: free laborers, indentured servants and slave labor. But it wasn't until 1894, that Congress made the first Monday in September the official Labor Day holiday. Although now, in most communities, it's mainly just another day off — or excuse to shop the sales — people used to take Labor Day pretty seriously and with good reason.
Rogue owners took control of Market Basket supermarkets in New England because the former CEO treated his workers too fairly. They wanted to squeeze every little dime out of it. Workers and customers alike were having none of it.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left quite a mess for current Mayor Bill de Blasio to clean up. A number of union contracts, including pay scale equity for female Teamsters, had been left to rot. Until now, that is.