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'We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street': IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

'We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street': IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike
Electrical and communications workers have been on strike for two weeks following an unsuccessful contract negotiation. The dispute centers around a phone company's hedge fund owners who remain intractable. "...[W]e're negotiating with wolves of Wall Street."
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Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k

Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k
A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks. The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology services and paid them their regular salaries in rupees, plus an additional bonus. DOL officials say that the wages are historically the lowest they were aware of.
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Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?

Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?
Had the Connecticut General Assembly not stripped Gov. Dannel Malloy's anti-union provisions, 1,000 - 1,500 public school teachers, in up to 25 mostly poor schools across the state, would have lost their rights to collective bargain. Even scarier: Malloy is Connecticut's least anti-union candidate for governor.
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Sneaky Buggers: PA GOP Tries – And Fails – to Pass 'Paycheck Deception' Amendment

Sneaky Buggers: PA GOP Tries – And Fails – to Pass 'Paycheck Deception' Amendment
In Pennsylvania, the State Senate voted against an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have disallowed unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks. The amendment failed on a 20-28 vote.
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Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters

Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters
At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107. The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.
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The Lonely Turtle: Mitch McConnell's Anti-Minimum Wage Speech Attracts Precious Few Workers

The Lonely Turtle: Mitch McConnell's Anti-Minimum Wage Speech Attracts Precious Few Workers
Mitch McConnell visits Briggs and Stratton factory in Murray, Kentucky and only 40 of the 1000 employees attended. Television stations and newspaper crews were reportedly not allowed access to the event.
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Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
“Mariah” is a small woman with an unexpectedly intense stare. All of us in the hotel conference room crane our necks to see her as she rises to address the table of advocates and NGO representatives gathered for a meeting on safe migration.
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At Work, But Off the Clock: Supreme Court Tackles Mandatory, Unpaid Security Checks

At Work, But Off the Clock: Supreme Court Tackles Mandatory, Unpaid Security Checks
A Supreme Court case to watch out for: Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc v. Busk. It'll be an important labor win if the court upholds the circuit's decision. And a huge blow if it doesn't.
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SEIU Hits CO Senate Candidate with Spanish-Language Minimum Wage Ad

SEIU Hits CO Senate Candidate with Spanish-Language Minimum Wage Ad
After three Spanish-language ads have hammered Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Cory Gardner in the contentious battleground of Colorado, the SEIU has moved on to another hard hitting issue for Latino voters: liveable wages.
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Hyatt Looks to Clean Up Its Image Ahead of Expansion Bid by Settling with Wrongly Fired Housekeepers

Hyatt Looks to Clean Up Its Image Ahead of Expansion Bid by Settling with Wrongly Fired Housekeepers
In a settlement announced last month, Hyatt Hotel Corps. agreed to pay $1 million to 98 Boston-area housekeepers who they terminated five years ago after making them unknowingly train their replacements. As part of the settlement the union which aided the workers following their termination has called off their five-year boycott, which they estimate cost the company over $6 million.
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