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Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing. The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
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Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For

 Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For
We've always had labor in this country: free laborers, indentured servants and slave labor. But it wasn't until 1894, that Congress made the first Monday in September the official Labor Day holiday. Although now, in most communities, it's mainly just another day off — or excuse to shop the sales — people used to take Labor Day pretty seriously and with good reason.
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A Win for the Little Guy: Market Basket Workers, Customers Rebuff Corporate Takeover

Rogue owners took control of Market Basket supermarkets in New England because the former CEO treated his workers too fairly. They wanted to squeeze every little dime out of it. Workers and customers alike were having none of it.
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Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes

Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left quite a mess for current Mayor Bill de Blasio to clean up. A number of union contracts, including pay scale equity for female Teamsters, had been left to rot. Until now, that is.
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Why it Matters That a Court Ruled FedEx Employees Are FedEx Employees

Why it Matters That a Court Ruled FedEx Employees Are FedEx Employees
FedEx, like so many other companies, has been shifting costs onto employees by pretending they are not employees. This is called “misclassification” and this ruling matters.
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43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction

43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction
The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for western states, will move forward after negotiations and compromise from high ranking officials. Hurdles remain — such as an environmental impact analysis — but the project could be in service as early as 2018. The news is welcome for workers. A new study predicts the project will create a total of 43,000 construction jobs.
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Steve Cooper
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An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law

An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law
Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at school teachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state's new right-to-work law. Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year.
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David Eggert
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Wages Falling, Low-Paid Jobs Rising Across US Thanks to 'Unbalanced Recovery'

Wages Falling, Low-Paid Jobs Rising Across US Thanks to 'Unbalanced Recovery'
While wages have declined across all sectors in the years following the financial crash of 2008, low-paid workers have been hit the hardest, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reported this week.
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From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
The right-to-work push in Michigan looks like it may have backfired, or at the very least changed absolutely nothing. Union representation has essentially remained the same (actually increasing by a modest 4,000), even after heavy PR campaigns designed to discredit the labor movement.
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