workers rights

Five-Year Peet’s Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days

Five-Year Peet’s Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days
Emma Bell Bern was fired after five years of diligent work with Peet's Coffee for the on-record reason of clocking in late three times in the last year. Bern had been petitioning for better, more consistent hours and benefits at the Chicago outlet, with blowback from the corporate office.
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Garment Workers in Bangladesh Get 77 Percent Raise, Still Earn Only $66 a Month

Garment Workers in Bangladesh Get 77 Percent Raise, Still Earn Only $66 a Month
A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.
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Overworked and Overbearing: Employee Depression Linked to Management Style, Not Workload

Overworked and Overbearing: Employee Depression Linked to Management Style, Not Workload
Danish researchers studying worker depression have found that a boss’ management style factors more clearly in employee stress levels than does size of workload. This study goes against the common thought process relating to worker depression as the researches discovered workplace injustice is the main driver of mental unhealth.
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Chaz Bolte
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Autoworkers, Volkswagon Sign Deal on 'Works Council' Representation Model

Autoworkers, Volkswagon Sign Deal on 'Works Council' Representation Model
Volkswagen managers have confirmed in a letter to employees that the automaker is in talks with the United Auto Workers about establishing a German-style "works council" at its Tennessee assembly plant. The letter, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, said the talks with the UAW center on "the possibility of implementing an innovative model of employee representation for all employees."
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(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors

(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors
These days, when I say “federal contractor,” you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we’re talking about here. The workers who would benefit from an executive order clean federal buildings, sell food, sew uniforms for the armed services, provide security services, and so on. They’re members of the low-wage work force.
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Jared Bernstein
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DID YOU KNOW? Whole Foods Does Not Allow Spanish Speaking On the Job

DID YOU KNOW? Whole Foods Does Not Allow Spanish Speaking On the Job
Two employees at a Whole Foods Market store in Albuquerque say they were suspended last month after complaining about being told they couldn't speak Spanish to each other while on the job — a claim the company says was a misunderstanding.
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The AP
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During Filibuster, Rand Paul Praises Supreme Court Decision Allowing Exploitation of Workers

During Filibuster, Rand Paul Praises Supreme Court Decision Allowing Exploitation of Workers
In his 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday night, Rand Paul got one thing right - drone strikes on American citizens should not be allowed. However, as always with the Mad Doctor with the twisty curls, he simply cannot leave it at that. During his filibuster "defending" Americans he had to do what he does best - argue that employers should be able to ruthlessly exploit their workers.
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