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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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Mitch McConnell's Vision for a More Impotent Union

Mitch McConnell's Vision for a More Impotent Union
Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican Party know all too well that a union vote tends to be a vote for the Dems. There's a reason why they use divisive issues like guns and religion to pry precious union votes from the other side of the aisle (66 percent of union members voted for Obama in 2012). It would also be fine if union members just stayed home on election day. However, if they do, this may be the last election that there's even a union for them to identify with.
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Huge Tax Breaks Not Enough? Boeing Ships 2K Jobs Away from WA to More Union-Unfriendly State

Huge Tax Breaks Not Enough? Boeing Ships 2K Jobs Away from WA to More Union-Unfriendly State
Less than 11 months after receiving $8.7 billion in tax incentives from the Washington state legislature, Boeing has announced they will transfer nearly 2,000 engineering jobs to “lower cost regions” over the next three years.
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Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.
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Senator Lamar Alexander: OMG LOL WTF NLRB

Senator Lamar Alexander: OMG LOL WTF NLRB
A plan proposed by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to change the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would “effectively cripple the agency” according to its opponents. Alexander, a champion of anti-union, right-wing extremism, is suggesting the board add a sixth member and have three members from each party. This, he comically insists, would “require both sides to find a middle ground.” Unfortunately, given the gridlock in Washington, such a plan would produce a perpetual stalemate.
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Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.

Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.
Freight drivers in Texas voted to unionize. The workers at Con-Way in Laredo drive for the busiest inland port in the US, with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.
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NLRB: CNN Must Pay Back Union Workers They Illegally Fired 10 Years Ago

NLRB: CNN Must Pay Back Union Workers They Illegally Fired 10 Years Ago
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.
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Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims

Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims
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.
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Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout

Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout
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.
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New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked

New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked
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).
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