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Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn
Home care workers in Minnesota, Maryland and Vermont fought long and hard for representative rights. So many of them are saying "pfft!" to the Supreme Court's anti-union Harris vs. Quinn decision.
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Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations

Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations
The Memphis City Council’s new 2015 budget includes major changes to city employees’ health insurance, a big business win that has many public employees considering a change in profession.
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You Know Your Boss Is Stupid When: Manager Makes Employee Wear 'Gaytard' Pin

You Know Your Boss Is Stupid When: Manager Makes Employee Wear 'Gaytard' Pin
As if those little name tags at fast food joints weren't already demeaning enough, this Taco John's made a 16-year old employee wear one that was patently offensive – and lawsuit-worthy.
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CA Trucking Company's Efforts to Keep Misclassified Workers from Unionizing Are Downright Dastardly

CA Trucking Company's Efforts to Keep Misclassified Workers from Unionizing Are Downright Dastardly
A case to be heard by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on August 25th revolves around California trucking company Green Fleet Systems, who the Teamsters union claims has used threats, coercion, and the termination of two employees to squash unionization efforts among misclassified independent contractors. Green Fleet Systems is also accused of illegal surveillance of its workers, including using anti-union agents.
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Chaz Bolte
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Longshore, Long Negotiations: West Coast Dockworkers Still on the Job Without Contract (for Now)

Longshore, Long Negotiations: West Coast Dockworkers Still on the Job Without Contract (for Now)
The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle is expiring, but don't expect a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the waterfront — at least not yet. As talks drag out, jitters will grow among the companies that last year imported or exported nearly $900 billion worth of cargo across the West Coast.
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Justin Pritchard
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Supreme Court Ruling a 'Slap in the Face' to Public Unions

Supreme Court Ruling a 'Slap in the Face' to Public Unions
Though not as damaging to public sector unions as a more aggressive decision would have been, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday has dealt a significant blow to organized labor with 5-4 decision that again fell along the court's ideological divide.
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de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped the city’s legal challenge to a law that would require companies receiving more than $1 million in economic development aid to pay the prevailing wage. The legal challenge to the law began after the city council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the law by a 44-4 vote in May of 2012. Following the override, Mayor Bloomberg sued the city council arguing that the legislation would increase city costs and was preempted by the state’s minimum wage law.
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Chaz Bolte
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Court Rules Walmart Must Compensate Workers After Shutting Down Store That Unionized

Court Rules Walmart Must Compensate Workers After Shutting Down Store That Unionized
Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that Walmart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Walmart store in North America to unionize.
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Sodexo Tries, Fails to Screw Workers With ACA Loophole

Sodexo Tries, Fails to Screw Workers With ACA Loophole
Sodexo tried to screw workers out of healthcare last year, using a loophole in the ACA to calculate hours in a way that made certain employees ineligible. Backlash from the unions up to the Obama administration made the company reverse course.
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NJ's Christie Steals Near $900M From Union Pensions, Court Says It's Fine

NJ's Christie Steals Near $900M From Union Pensions, Court Says It's Fine
Chris Christie decided last year to slash the budget, and in so doing stole near a billion dollars from the state's union's pensions. In a decision Monday, Judge Mary Jacobson said that was totally fine (given the budget shortfall, which Christie caused, duh). Unions plan on appealing the ruling.
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