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Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money

Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money
A crude deceit is at the very heart of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's “Working Families Flexibility Act,” which the Virginia Republican recently slid through the House. It eliminates a central piece of America’s middle-class framework: the eight-hour workday and 40-hour week. Under the 1938 Fair Labor Law, bosses can make hourly employees work extra, but only by paying an overtime wage for the added hours. Cantor's plan takes that away.
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REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft

REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft
A staggering new statistic does much to explain why fast food workers are striking from New York to Milwaukee. According to Fast Food Forward, 84% of fast food workers surveyed report having experienced wage theft at least once. For delivery workers, the number is an incredulous 100 percent.
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OUR Walmart's 'Ride for Respect' to Descend on Walmart Shareholders' Meeting, June 7th

OUR Walmart's 'Ride for Respect' to Descend on Walmart Shareholders' Meeting, June 7th
“Ride for Respect,” the demonstration at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be modeled on civil rights volunteers who rode buses into the South in the 1960s to protest Jim Crow racial injustice.
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Chemical That Is Banned in Some European Countries Takes IL Worker's Life, Results in Measly $77,200 Fine

Chemical That Is Banned in Some European Countries Takes IL Worker's Life, Results in Measly $77,200 Fine
Illinois-based Phoenix Industrial Cleaning has been fined $77,200 and issued 28 citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker who was overcome by toxic vapors while cleaning a storage tank.
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Abusing Independent Contractors: KY Business Ordered to Pay Millions in Back Pay

Abusing Independent Contractors: KY Business Ordered to Pay Millions in Back Pay
Kentucky-based cable installer Bowlin Group, LLC has been ordered to pay $1,075,000 in back wages and damages to 196 employees after the Department of Labor (DOL) obtained a consent judgement from a federal court.
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Caltech Faulted for Unfair Labor Practices at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Caltech Faulted for Unfair Labor Practices at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
“It is astounding that Caltech and JPL, home to the 21st Century’s leadership in science and engineering, could harbor administrative bureaucrats who develop workplace rules similar to those described in Charles Dickins’ 19th Century writings"
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Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added — Zero

Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added — Zero
President Obama set a goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. Last month we added zero. Not one. Nada. Zip. We did add low-wage jobs, though. Maybe we can talk about a national manufacturing strategy now?
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Children's Place, Cato Fashions Among Companies Tied to Bangladesh Factory Disaster

Children's Place, Cato Fashions Among Companies Tied to Bangladesh Factory Disaster
Paperwork and unfinished materials pulled from the rubble from the collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory indicate the list of companies that bought clothing from the factories included: Benetton, Children’s Place, Cato Corporation, Kik, Loblaw, Mango, Corte Inglés, Bon Marche, and Primark.
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Republicans Next Target? Overtime Pay and the 40-hour Work Week

Republicans Next Target? Overtime Pay and the 40-hour Work Week
Republicans in Congress have renewed their decades-old attack on the 40-hour work week. Once again, they are pushing so-called “comp time” legislation that would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work.
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The Labor Movement Sets Its Eye on Sacramento

The Labor Movement Sets Its Eye on Sacramento
In April, more than 600 labor leaders and union activists gathered in Sacramento for California Labor’s annual Joint Legislative Conference, co-sponsored by the California Labor Federation and the State Building & Construction Trades Council.
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