Posts Tagged ‘Workers Rights’

Sep
2015
21

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History
  A new report from the AFL-CIO’s Center for Strategic Research shows that in the first half of the year working people have earned major victories, marking the most expansive period of collective bargaining in modern labor history.  An estimated 5 million American workers have bargained for new contracts, the report asserts.  The wages...
Aug
2015
6

NLRB Affirms that U.S. Capitol Contractors Broke the Law by Retaliating Against Protesting Workers

NLRB Affirms that U.S. Capitol Contractors Broke the Law by Retaliating Against Protesting Workers
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that the food service vendors at the U.S. Capitol who were the target of protests likely violated labor laws by retaliating against their workers.  In two separate cases filed in April and May, complaints were made against Restaurant Associates by workers at the Capitol Visitors...
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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...
Jul
2015
14

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.’s Wage Theft Explosion

That Hertz: Class Action at Rental Co. is Prime Example of L.A.'s Wage Theft Explosion
  In California, car rental giant Hertz is facing a wage theft lawsuit wherein employees claim the company failed to pay overtime while making them skip lunch and rest breaks, and asked them to work off the clock. Among the accusers is Chalissa Johnson, a single mother to special needs child, whose lawyers filed the [&hellip...
May
2015
18

DC Becomes Latest City to Consider “Just Hours” Legislation That Would Halt Unfair Scheduling

DC Becomes Latest City to Consider
  Modeled after bills that have been proposed in Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut, California, New York, Michigan and Oregon, the D.C. City Council is currently considering legislation that would reform workplace scheduling and end a constant up-in-the-air approach.  The legislation pushes back against the...
Apr
2015
16

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers’ Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers' Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality
  A February 27th Executive Order (EO) by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf created the Advisory Group on Participant-Directed Home Care and set up a process for home care workers to elect a representative to discuss working conditions with state leaders.  Now, as the process moves forward amidst legal challenges, Pennsylvania Republicans are...
Apr
2015
1

OSHA Clarifies Safety Standards for Temporary Workers, Whistleblower Protections

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released three new bulletins as part of their ongoing Temporary Workers Initiative.  Started in April of 2013, the initiative aims to beef up safety protections for temporary workers by clarifying standards for both staffing agencies and the companies that hire temporary...
Feb
2015
3

On a Roll: Canadian Supreme Court Follows Right-to-Unionize Vote with Affirmation of Right to Strike

On a Roll: Canadian Supreme Court Follows Right-to-Unionize Vote with Affirmation of Right to Strike
  In a 5-2 vote, the Canadian Supreme Court has reaffirmed that a worker’s right to strike is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The court ruled “that the right to strike is an essential part of the collective bargaining process in Canada’s system of labour relations.”  The court also ruled that...
Dec
2014
4

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State’s College Athletes from Unionizing

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State's College Athletes from Unionizing
  A bill introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) would disallow student athletes at Michigan public universities from being recognized as employees of the university or unionizing under the state’s collective bargaining laws.  The move is a response to the national movement of college athletes looking to unionize.   In March, a regional NLRB...
Nov
2014
13

Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations

Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is charging that Cablevision and its CEO, James Dolan, illegally threatened to withhold employees’ raises unless they voted to decertify their union.  The NLRB has also ruled that Cablevision is bargaining in bad faith and that a poll conducted by the Honest Ballot Association at Dolan’s...
Oct
2014
31

And Then There Were Two? NJ May Join CT as Only States with Paid Sick Leave Mandates

  The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee recently voted in favor of a paid sick leave ordinance which, if passed, would make the Garden State the second state with such legislation.  By a 6-3 margin the committee voted to move forward with the proposal which was amended following heated debate to reflect the concerns of [&hellip...
Oct
2014
1

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...