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Twinkie's Secret Filling Revealed to be Union-Busting

Twinkie's Secret Filling Revealed to be Union-Busting
Despite years and years of successfully putting products on the marketplace, Hostess became a mirror image for a country that has lost respect for folks who have worked hard, been highly productive and yet continue to fall further behind.
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Crisis in Care: Home Health Workers Barely Surviving

Over one million workers in this industry have no health insurance. 90 percent of direct caregivers are women, and many are primary breadwinners in their families. Caregivers are paid minimum wage or, if they are lucky, just slightly above. Earning such low wages with no health insurance means that 46 percent of direct caregivers rely on some type of government program, such as food stamps, Medicaid, housing, child care, energy assistance, or transportation assistance.
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Pay Up: Over $1 Million in CA Construction Labor Violations Accrued

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has wrapped up two separate investigations of contractors on public work projects who failed to properly pay their employees. The returned wages and fines between the two investigations total over $1 million. Among the many violations were failure to pay prevailing wages, failure to pay into fringe benefit programs, and failure to pay for weekend work and overtime.
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Study: Gov. Patrick to Look at MA's Undergound Economy

The study and continued work of the state’s Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Worker Misclassification corresponds with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Miscclassification Initiative. Massachusetts is one of 13 participating states.
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Homeless Man Commits Petty Crime for Warm Bed

Brian Eastman wanted to spend the night in jail; instead, he faces a fine for drinking in public and still must find away to deal with the cold.
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Palm Beach Votes Down New Wage Theft Ordinance

The Palm Beach County wage theft law was modeled after Miami-Dade's version. Miami-Dade’s wage theft law has already withstood a legal challenge. It has been estimated that contractors in Florida deprive workers of between $60-$90 million each year.
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Construction Workers Win Lawsuit Against Concrete Company in MA

In Massachusetts, a concrete company has been ordered to pay $161,000 in back pay and penalties for intentionally failing to comply with the prevailing wage.
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KY Increases Diversity in the Workforce with 'The Construction Pipeline'

Now in its 5th year, the program has trained 250 candidates of which 111 have been placed in jobs. The program has helped build better relations between labor and the community.
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Austin Considering Hourly Wage Boost to Avoid 'Corporate Entitlement Program'

Following Travis County, Texas’ passage of an ordinance requiring any company moving to the county and receiving a tax break to pay their workers a minimum of $11, the City of Austin is weighing a similar deal. This would raise wages for construction workers in Austin who currently have a prevailing wage of $7.50 per hour and marks a possible change in Texas construction policy where workers are generally subject to incredibly low wages.
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44 Workers Awarded $858K in Back Wages from Non-Union CA Subcontractor

In California, a plumbing subcontractor building the new math and science building at San Joaquin Delta College has been ordered to pay $858,840 in back wages to 44 workers by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
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