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Deconstructing the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority

Deconstructing the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for fast track trade promotion authority. The USTR and President Obama are pushing fast-track pre-approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other big trade agreements they are working on.
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$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification

$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification
A federal judge in California has approved a settlement between Lowe’s Home Centers and a class of its home improvement contractors who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The maximum settlement amount in Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW is $6,500,000, depending on the number of contractors who file claims.
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What You Need To Know About Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Rhetoric

What You Need To Know About Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Rhetoric
President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged fast track trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.
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Dane County and Madison Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10
Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public sector union contracts as long as it could to avoid the legislation’s anti-worker effects. The city of Madison did the same.
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Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid
 
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NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.

NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.
 
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Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out
Two Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would have retail employees earn three times their normal rate of pay if they choose to work on Thanksgiving.
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Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?

Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?
Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.
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Groundswell Shouts Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover

Groundswell Shouts Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover
You wouldn't have a mechanic perform your heart surgery, would you? So why is Time Magazine giving a bunch of billionaires – with no experience running schools – who want to "fix" the public education system such extensive coverage?
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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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