With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit

  After concluding a funding round in which the company raised $50 million, web-based real...

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at...

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has...

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional,...

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Jul
2014
7

Port Truckers in CA Strike “Indefinitely” Over Misclassification, Right to Unionize

Port Truckers in CA Strike
  MSNBC reports that California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations.  Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.   ...
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Jul
2014
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City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less
  In a July 4th op-ed for the San Diego Free Press, S.E. Mayes, a 30-year El Centro resident and member of the Imperial County Development Board, highlights the irony of the El Centro city government joining a lawsuit against the recently passed Senate Bill 7 considering El Centro has the second highest unemployment rate ...
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Jul
2014
3

Workers Win Pair of Misclassification Lawsuits at Big California Newspapers

  The former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune will pay $5 million to over 1,200 carriers who worked at the company between 2005 and 2007 after a state judge ruled they had been misclassified as independent contractors.  The workers are eligible to be reimbursed for expenses they had previously been on the hook for, ...
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Jul
2014
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CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust
  In Maine, administration officials have confirmed that Governor Paul LePage took multiple meetings with members of the Sovereign Citizens, a political group that has been labeled a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI.   Among the group’s beliefs are the rejection of taxes and US currency and the belief that the US Government...
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Jul
2014
3

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors
  Testimony from the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) suggests that as many as 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2025 as the shale energy supply sector continues to grow. Since the boom in shale energy began less than a decade ago, more than 450,000 jobs have been created in the supply sector ...
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Jul
2014
3

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
  With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. Secretaries, 911 dispatchers, traffic controllers, sanitation workers and members of local community groups led by the Fix LA Coalition gathered to oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks.  The...
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Jul
2014
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Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn
  The precedent set by the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn is having immediate impact in states such as Minnesota, Vermont, and Maryland where home care workers recently won the right to organize and bargain collectively.   Home health care workers in Minnesota and Maryland are considered “partial-public employees,” and...
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Jul
2014
2

Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations

Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations
  The Memphis City Council’s new 2015 budget includes major changes to city employees’ health insurance, a big business win over workers.  City officials say the changes are necessary to offset pension costs and ensure taxes don’t rise. Firefighters are going to see a 24 percent hike in their health insurance premiums....
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Jul
2014
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Scientists, Dems See the Light on Dangers of Crude Transport by Rail, Power of Keystone XL as Safe Alternative

  Using oil spills and explosions in North Dakota, Quebec, and Alabama as examples, scientists are increasingly reaching consensus that the infrastructure being used to ship Bakken crude oil is outdated and will lead to future environmental disasters.  As we have discussed in the past, the Keystone XL pipeline would alleviate the pressure on...
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Jun
2014
30

At Clinton Conference, North America’s Building Trades Announce $10B in Infrastructure Funding; Union Contributions Crucial

At Clinton Conference, North America's Building Trades Announce $10B in Infrastructure Funding; Union Contributions Crucial
  At last week’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in Denver, Colorado the AFL-CIO announced they were early in meeting their goal of raising $10 billion to invest in America’s infrastructure.  In 2011, the AFL-CIO pledged to raise the funds in five years, but on Tuesday they were pleased to announce they had already raised ...
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Jun
2014
30

Spy vs. Sp…Trucker? Teamsters Allege Green Fleet Planted Anti-Union Workers Who Made Death Threats

  A case to be heard by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on August 25th revolves around California trucking company Green Fleet Systems who the Teamsters union claims has used threats, coercion, and the termination of two employees to squash unionization efforts among misclassified independent contractors.  Green Fleet Systems is...
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Jun
2014
30

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor's Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC
  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped the city’s legal challenge to a law that would require companies receiving more than $1 million in economic development aid to pay the prevailing wage.  The legal challenge to the law began after the city council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the law by a ...
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