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Jul
2015
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J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department’s Watch

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department's Watch
  A group of aux pairs have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver claiming they came to America based on promises that were eventually broken and have been underpaid.  The lawsuit accuses the 15 au pair sponsor programs registered with the U.S. Government of conspiring to set wages below the minimum [&hellip...
Jul
2015
14

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since ’78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%

CEOverreach: Big Boss Pay Is up 997% Since '78 While Workers Only Gained 10.9%
  A shocking new number from the Economic Policy Institute helps explain the stifling income inequality in the United States.  Between 1978 and 2014, inflation-adjusted CEO pay has risen from $1.5 million to $16.3 million, an unfathomable of 997 percent.  Over that same time period, the average private-sector production and non-supervisory...
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Jul
2015
8

New Balance Says Pentagon Dragging Its Feet; Soldiers Still Not Wearing American-Made Sneakers

New Balance Says Pentagon Dragging Its Feet; Soldiers Still Not Wearing American-Made Sneakers
  Massachusetts-based shoe company New Balance says that the military is dragging its feet on a promise it made to outfit soldiers with American-made shoes.  The promise came in April of 2014 when the military announced it would honor the Berry Amendment, a 1941 law requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to give priority to [&hellip...
Jul
2015
8

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is “Some Shameful Shit”

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is
  To start a conversation about the gender pay gap, a Brooklyn bar last night offered women drinks at 77 cents on the dollar. That is the amount that women earn for every dollar men earn, according to the Department of Labor (the date was also 7/7). The Way Station, a Prospect Heights bar previously [&hellip...
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...
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...