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Farmworkers Overtime Pay Expanded, Historic California Legislation

Farmworkers Overtime Pay Expanded, Historic California Legislation

From the Los Angeles Times — With little fanfare, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed historic legislation that would expand overtime pay for California farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena S. Gonzalez (D-San Diego), calls for a phase-in of new overtime rules over four years beginning in 2019. It would lower the […]

<a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/business/next-goal-for-walmart-workers-more-hours.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss target=_blank >Walmart Workers - With Raises For Some More Hours Is Next Goal</a>

By HIROKO TABUCHI — Even with the wage increases the chain recently announced, Walmart workers often do not get enough hours to make ends meet, leaving them in a precarious financial state. Read more about Walmart workers at the source: The New York Times – The New American Job Newsfeed   What raises mean for Walmart Workers – […]

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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

By Marjorie E. Wood – A new law in San Francisco to curb erratic retail scheduling practices could be the first of many. In late November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights — the first law of its kind in the nation. The focus of the new law might […]

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More Women Than Men Earn Minimum Wage

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More Women Than Men Earn Minimum Wage

Far more women than men have jobs paying minimum wage or less, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center. More than half the U.S. workforce is male at 53%. But of those who earning minimum wage or less, 62% are women and 38% are men, according to the study. According […]

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Breaking Down This Week’s Fast Food Strikes in St. Louis and Detroit

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Breaking Down This Week’s Fast Food Strikes in St. Louis and Detroit

AlterNet— A new movement of fast food workers demanding better wages and the right to unionize spread this week to St. Louis and Detroit, bringing the total number of such actions to four in five weeks. Similar strikes occurred last month in New York and Chicago. As during the strike in New York, we’ve put together […]

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St. Louis Joins Wave Of Fast Food Strikes

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St. Louis Joins Wave Of Fast Food Strikes

By LAURA CLAWSON, Daily Kos Labor— May 8 and 9, fast food strikes have hit St. Louis, with workers at a Jimmy John’s and a McDonald’s walking out Wednesday evening and workers at more restaurants Thursday morning. New York fast food workers staged a one-day strike on April 4. Chicago fast food and retail workers […]

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How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

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How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

By MICHAEL GRABELL, ProPublica— Ty Inc. became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of stuffed animals thanks to the Beanie Babies craze in the 1990s. But it has stayed on top partly by using an underworld of labor brokers known as raiteros, who pick up workers from Chicago’s street corners and shuttle them to Ty’s […]

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

The federal government won a record $240 million settlement against a turkey producer that held 32 mentally disabled men in servitude while mentally and physically abusing them, some of them for more than 20 years. A Davenport, Iowa jury on May 1, 2013, awarded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) damages totaling $240 million […]

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OSHA Launches Initiative To Help Protect Temporary Workers

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OSHA Launches Initiative To Help Protect Temporary Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The announcement was made during a program at the department’s headquarters marking Workers’ Memorial Day — an annual observance to honor workers who have died on the job and renew a commitment to […]

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What Went Wrong in West, Texas? Where Were the Regulators?

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What Went Wrong in West, Texas? Where Were the Regulators?

By THEODORIC MEYER, ProPublica— A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities and regulators still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded. Here’s what we do know: The fertilizer plant hadn’t been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since […]

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