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$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers.
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Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-union rhetoric and resolve will be tested in the leadup to June 30th, the date that a contract with 38,000 state employees expires and a statewide strike or lockout could ensue. Contentious negotiations between the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have come to a near standstill, but the governor does not seem to mind. He intends to make good on his campaign promise to “accept a strike or lockout if that’s what it took to win concessions from state workers on their contract.” Democratic leaders and union representatives continue to attempt to negotiate, but Rauner is poised for a final showdown.
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SC Lawmakers File Bill Modeled after Oklahoma with Eye Toward 2016 Passage

SC Lawmakers File Bill Modeled after Oklahoma with Eye Toward 2016 Passage
A national coalition of employers has introduced legislation in the South Carolina House of Representatives that would create an alternative to workers’ compensation similar to the Oklahoma “Option.”
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5 Ways Apple Has Plundered Our Nation

5 Ways Apple Has Plundered Our Nation
An emotional response to any criticism of the Apple Corporation might be anticipated from the users of the company's powerful, practical, popular, and entertaining devices.
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St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system. After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer. It is expected to take the program three months to be up and running, but it is the first program of its kind in the state.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"
Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama.
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Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech

Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech
President Obama finds himself in a strange position these days. He has the support of Republicans and the opposition of Democrats. The issue is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership which his normal supporters oppose. Obama took on his supporters at an Organizing For America event and tried to explain why this trade deal was different than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of years ago that is blamed for draining jobs from the U.S.
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T-Mobile leaves ALEC

T-Mobile leaves ALEC
T-Mobile is the latest technology and communications company to kick the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to the curb. T-Mobile follows in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yelp in leaving the organization.
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VIDEO: Fast Food Workers Announce Nationwide Strike For Tax Day

VIDEO: Fast Food Workers Announce Nationwide Strike For Tax Day
Union organizers are upping the pressure on fast food restaurants to raise their wages by promising a nationwide strike on April 15 – tax day – symbolic because they say employees should be paid at least $15 an hour.
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NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.
A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently ruled that T-Mobile U.S. is guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations. The ruling came after the NLRB rolled multiple complaints for illegal actions in Albuquerque, Wichita, New York City, and Charleston into one case.
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