Archive for the ‘TECH TUTORIAL’ Category

Nov
2016
9

Obama’s Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open

Obama's Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open
  President Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order was scheduled to go into effect last week. Designed to protect low-wage workers on federal contracts, the EO says contractors must report their own labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Unfortunately, these provisions have been temporarily blocked by a...
Sep
2016
20

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill
  The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation that would tighten loopholes in the current H-1B work visa program. The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (HR 5801) would require firms who hire H-1B guest workers to pay those workers a minimum annual salary of $100,000. It also requires those companies to advertise for...
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Aug
2016
16

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
Mar
2016
1

Hearings on H-1B Visa Abuse Highlight Problematic System; No Clear Path to Reform Set

Hearings on H-1B Visa Abuse Highlight Problematic System; No Clear Path to Reform Set
  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration heard testimony from supporters, opponents, and victims of the H-1B visa system during recent hearings.  The H-1B program is intended to provide opportunities to foreign workers but is rife with abuse.  Many companies use the program to replace American workers in order to depress...
Dec
2015
3

Outsource n’ Force: Citizens Bank is Latest Co. to Force Laid Off Workers to Train Replacements

Outsource n' Force: Citizens Bank is Latest Co. to Force Laid Off Workers to Train Replacements
  The story is the same, the location is different.  Like those who have been forced to do so by Disney, Fossil, and Southern California Edison, American informational technology workers at Citizens Bank in Rhode Island are participating in “knowledge transfer sessions” against their will in the leadup to their layoff. If that...
Mar
2015
24

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor’s Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor's Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement
  Two conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have developed an unlikely kinship with unions through their support for capping the number of H-1B visas available to U.S. employers.  GOP Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama both serve on the committee; Grassley is the chairman and Sessions heads the subcommittee...
Jan
2015
14

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards
  In November, when drivers contracted to transport Facebook workers voted to unionize, the hope among labor activists was a “domino effect” would ensue, and that more drivers would be called to collective action.  It’s unclear, however, that anyone expected that day to come so soon. According to USA Today, the move to unionize...
Aug
2014
12

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement 'Cause It's Not Big Enough
  The Silicon Valley wage theft anti-trust lawsuit known as “Techtopus” will not be allowed to end with a whimper (or that sound the fax machine used to make). The judge overseeing the trial has struck down a $324 million settlement on the grounds that…wait for it…it’s not enough.   U.S. District Judge Lucy Koch [&hellip...
Jun
2014
6

Gerrymandering? There’s an App For That.

Gerrymandering? There's an App For That.
  In his free time, a software engineer in Massachusetts may have remedied one of the most endemic problems of our political system: gerrymandering.   By creating a program that would break up districts equally after each census using computers (“Science? Oh no!” –GOP), the new approach would take the power out of...
Jan
2014
10

#WorkersRights: NLRB Ends Oppressive Social Media Policy at Koch Bros’ Georgia-Pacific

#WorkersRights: NLRB Ends Oppressive Social Media Policy at Koch Bros' Georgia-Pacific
  Thanks to an NLRB ruling, workers at the Koch-controlled Georgia-Pacific can now discuss the company via social media without concern of being reprimanded or fired for doing so.   Since 2011, workers at the company were subject to a strict social media policy disallowing them from speaking about the company, whether at work or [&hellip...
Dec
2013
11

OSHA Introduces Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is seeking to streamline the whistleblower process by introducing an online form to register discrimination and retaliation complaints.  The form provides enough information for whistleblower investigators to follow up and begin a case. Previously, whistleblowers could only file a...
Nov
2013
6

Foreign Worker Visas Don’t Only Take Jobs from Americans, They Expedite the Offshoring Process

Foreign Worker Visas Don't Only Take Jobs from Americans, They Expedite the Offshoring Process
  A $34 million settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and India-based consulting and outsourcing company Infosys is putting the issue of H-1B visa abuse back into the spotlight.  The record fine was levied against the company’s Plano,TX location.   Between 2010 and 2012 Infosys received 6,550 H-1B visas, the fourth highest...