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Jul
2015
6

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal
  Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP, the country’s equivalent to UberX, by arresting Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. The pair was charged them with several counts, including running an illegal taxi business.  Police began...
Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
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Jun
2015
26

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School’s Hiring of House Speaker

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School's Hiring of House Speaker
  Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration.  Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
Jun
2015
19

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One
  Goldman Sachs has told its 2,900 interns to take it easy this summer by limiting themselves to a 17-hour day. Yes, folks, you read that right. Working twice as many hours as a normal person is Goldman Sachs’ idea of not overdoing it.  The announcement of the policy “shift” comes two weeks after The [&hellip...
Jun
2015
17

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action
  A class action lawsuit against information technology (IT) company Wipro claims that the company misclassified up to 200 employees in order to avoid paying them overtime wages.  The case was brought by Suri Payala, an Indian national who worked for Wipro on a L-1B visa as a computer technician.  L-1B visas allow foreign workers [&hellip...
Jun
2015
12

STUDY: Members of Congress 231% More Likely to Meet With You If You’ve Made a Political Donation

STUDY: Members of Congress 231% More Likely to Meet With You If You've Made a Political Donation
  A recent study published in The American Journal of Political Science found that members of Congress are 231 percent more likely to meet with you if you have donated money to their campaign.  The study was conducted by Berkley political scientists Joshua Kalla and David Broockman who teamed up with the progressive organization, CREDO...
Jun
2015
9

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements
  It’s a growing problem across the country which has now permeated an American institution, Walt Disney.  In October, the company contacted 250 of its unsuspecting Information Technology (IT) employees and invited them to a meeting.  Many thought they were going to get bonuses.  Instead, they found out that they were losing their jobs...
May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...
May
2015
20

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip...
May
2015
18

ALEC’s All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal

ALEC's All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal
  Now-former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl may have been a model American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politician, but it turns out that he is not a model citizen.  The man who fought hard for “Right-to-Work” has resigned in disgrace following the revelation of a sexting scandal involving him and a 19-year-old intern.   Diehl...
Apr
2015
8

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council
  In the Ohio Valley, building trades unions are contributing to neighborhood causes via Project BEST, a program funded through small deductions from union workers’ paychecks, taken in exchange for their apprenticeship.  The group is a collaboration between Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and the Ohio Valley...
Apr
2015
6

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program
  On his 90th birthday, Paul Penn, the father of Vice President and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Midwest Regional Manager John Penn, finally received the medals he earned for his service in World War II.  This incredible birthday gift came courtesy of LiUNA’s Midwest Veterans Committee, which helps members...