Post Tagged with: "worker rights"

Federal Appeals Courts Split on Overtime Pay for Public Workers

Two federal appeals courts, one in Los Angeles and the other in Washington, D.C., have split on whether public workers – and which ones – in safety fields can get overtime pay. The decisions could affect millions of Fire Fighters, EMTs, police and other state and local public safety workers, as well as, in the D.C. decision, air traffic controllers. […]

Read more ›

Raising the Minimum Wage

If there ever was an argument for a big increase in the minimum wage, a new report from the National Women’s Law Center provides it. The report confirms what people see with their own eyes: The U.S. economy is gaining private-sector jobs again, but they’re all low-wage jobs, and hundreds of thousands of them are minimum-wage jobs. And based on […]

Read more ›

Service Employees, Women’s Rights Groups Battle Large Pittsburgh-Area Hospital Over Hiring Bias

PITTSBURGH —The Service Employees and a coalition of women’s rights groups are battling Pittsburgh’s largest employer, the UPMC Hospital System, over the company’s claim that the federal government has no power to audit it for hiring bias. The dispute will play out in federal appeals court in D.C., where UPMC (Univer-sity of Pittsburgh Medical Center) challenged the Labor Department’s authority […]

Read more ›

Survey: 1 of Every 11 Workers Don’t Report On-The-Job Injury for Fear of Retaliation

EAGAN, Minn.—One of every 11 workers, or 9%, do not report an on-the-job injury for fear of retaliation and harassment by his or her supervisors, a new survey shows.  The proportions rise to one of every six – 15% — of Hispanic workers and one of every seven, or 14%, of workers with kids in the house. The fear occurs […]

Read more ›

Workers At Warehouse Used For Wal-Mart Goods Share $4.68M in Class Action Settlement

Some 568 workers who toiled in a Mira Loma, Calif., warehouse for Schneider Logistics, a subcontractor that handles Wal-Mart’s goods, will share in a $4.68 million class action settlement of their claims for unpaid wages for meal times, break times and denied overtime, a federal judge ruled on Dec. 4.

Read more ›

Turn Back The Clock: Senate Republicans Unveil Anti-Worker Labor Law Rewrite

WASHINGTON—Making good on a GOP promise during the latest Senate debate over the National Labor Relations Board’s powers – and shoring up their Right Wing credentials with the Tea Party — 24 Republicans introduced legislation in late November to, in many respects, turn back the clock on U.S. labor law. The so-called Employee Rights Act would, among other things, outlaw […]

Read more ›

Domestic Workers, Labor Win Bill of Rights in California

LOS ANGELES—With a final mass rally during the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles and a lobbying blitz in the state capitol of Sacramento, domestic workers and union allies won California legislative votes for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The measure, approved 22-12 in the State Senate on Sept. 13, after prior approval in the Assembly, headed for Gov. Jerry […]

Read more ›

Operating Engineers Elect Callahan To First Full Term As President; Trumka Pledges Infrastructure Job Fight

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. —Delegates to the Operating Engineers convention unanimously elected James Callahan, who stepped up to the union’s presidency to fill an unexpired term, to his first full term as head of the 400,000-member union, on May 1. They also elected Brian Hickey as Secretary-Treasurer, the union’s #2 post. In his inaugural address to 600 union delegates, meeting in Hollywood, […]

Read more ›

Unemployment Drops 0.1% In April

WASHINGTON —The unemployment rate declined by 0.1% in April, to 7.5%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses claimed to create 165,000 new jobs last month, a separate survey showed. The decline represents a continued slow recovery, statistically if not in workers’ real lives, from the Great Recession, otherwise known as the Bush Crash. But it still left 11.66 million […]

Read more ›

Minnesota House Extending Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Legislation is advancing through the Minnesota House and Senate to extend the right to collective bargaining to thousands of Minnesota wor-kers who work as individual home health care providers and family childcare providers. Proponents say the legislation is needed so these vital services will be provided by qualified individuals who will gain the ability to advocate together […]

Read more ›