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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit holds that a New Orleans charter school operator is not a state political subdivision, and thus is subject to federal labor law. Read Story
A Tesla Inc. employee testified Monday that he was summoned into a meeting last year in which Elon Musk told him that UAW representation would leave him voiceless, but that the automaker would let workers form a union if their safety concerns weren’t addressed. Read Story
The state is considering calling on the National Guard to finish work on road projects that have been halted because of an ongoing labor dispute.... Read Story
As the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma is credited as saying, Many roads lead to the path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice.United States Employment and HR Morgan Lewis 25 Sep 2018... Read Story
WASHINGTON—The National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 13 released a proposed rule that wouldmake it much more difficult for companies to be held responsible for working conditions at their subcontractors or franchisees. The new rule would protect companies from being considered a “joint employer” that can be held liable for labor-law violations or have to bargain with a union unless it exercises “substantial, direct, and immediate control” over the hiring, firing, discipline, supervision, and direction of another firm’s employees. That would reverse the standard the NLRB set in 2015, when it ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries was a joint employer of 260 workers at one of its California recycling plants. BFI hired those workers through a staffing agency and they took direct orders from an agency supervisor, but the NLRB held that Teamsters Local 350 had been prevented from bargaining a meaningful contract with that agency, because BFI dictated wages and work procedures. The NLRB had overruled the BFI standard in December 2017, but it voided that vote after its inspector general ruled that Trump appointee William J. Emanuel had a conflict of interest. The board will receive public comments on the proposed rule for 60 days. Read more Read Story
After a labor strike dragged into its third week, Four Roses has reached an agreement with employees of all three of its unions from the distillery in Lawrenceburg and the bottling plant in Cox's Cree... Read Story
Argentina’s largest labor union, which boasts membership from 20 percent of the country’s workforce, strikes against Macri’s austerity measures, bringing Buenos Aires to a standstill. Read Story
A variety of contract issues are on the table, including reduction in class sizes and accountability for charter schools, but salary remains one of the top issues. Read Story
Twenty-eighteen has seen a long-overdue resurgence in strike activity. Most spectacularly, public school teachers in the deep-red states of West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona struck despite laws prohibiting public worker strikes. Read Story
In 2012, hundreds of New York City fast-food workers walked off the job to demand higher pay. They wanted $15 per hour. Workers from health care, education, and other industries soon joined the movement that became known as the “Fight for $15”, which has pushed for minimum wage increases in more than 300 cities around the globe. Critics derided it as a job killer and claimed to have the evidence to support it. But the impact that wage pressures have on employers’ hiring decisions is far from certain. A paper in the September issue of the American Economic Review looks at what is likely to happen in three cities — Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — that passed laws increasing the minimum wage to $15. Authors Paul Beaudry, David Green, and Ben Sand hoped to shed light on how an increase in labor costs affected the employment prospects for workers.     Figure 1 from Beaudry et al. (2018)   The figure above from their paper shows the predicted changes in the employment rate for each city resulting from the $15 per hour law. The effects vary depending on where someone was along the wage scale. The employment rate is predicted to drop by over 10 percent for workers earning below $10 per hour in Seattle. Meanwhile, there is a slightly smaller 7 percent decline for workers at or below $15. Overall, the negative impacts are predicted to be largest in Los Angeles and smallest for San Francisco, due to the fact that Los Angeles had a greater share of people being paid at the low end. More people in San Francisco were already being paid close to the $15 threshold, and therefore the effects were smaller by comparison. Read Story
Workers on the Piccadilly Line are scheduled to walk out for 48 hours on Wednesday. Read Story
The Chisholm teachers’ union is suing the Chisholm school district for unfair labor practices.According to Education Minnesota, the state teachers’ union,... Read Story
Events of recent weeks shows there's gut-level support for radical change, including on the state of education teacher's working conditions. This building momentum could lead to much-needed reform, argues Andy Piascik. Read Story
As technologies threaten to displace service workers, unions are making job protection and new opportunities a priority in contract talks. Read Story
But the walkout, now in its third week, continues at 17 other downtown inns. Read Story
New details emerged Thursday in the widening corruption scandal gripping the United Auto Workers in the US. A federal investigation has already led to guilty pleas by seven UAW leaders and Fiat Chrysler executives involved in the illegal scheme to funnel corporate cash to the UAW in exchange for... Read Story
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 25 — Tens of thousands of people marched in Buenos Aires yesterday ahead of a general strike called to reject an austerity budget that Argentine President Mauricio Macri says is needed to secure IMF funds. Read Story
Embattled National Labor Relations Board Member William Emanuel (R) has been cleared to participate in a case that watchers say could make it harder for workers to talk about organizing on the job. Read Story
A nationwide strike action will shut down much of Argentina’s air travel capabilities Sept. 25, as aviation-sector employees are expected to join the country’s public transportation and port workers in a full-day protest called by Argentina’s major labor unions. Read Story
As LA Unified and its teachers union enter into mediation this week and the union prepares for a strike, their differences over how teachers are evaluated could be harder to resolve than how much pay raises will be. Read Story
UK labor union Unite has called on Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne to personally intervene in the ongoing dispute over working conditions, as the threat of further one-day strikes next month continues to h...highlights... Read Story
The federal class-action lawsuit seeks to recoup millions of dollars from Oregon's three largest public sector unions, a smaller union, and affiliates. Read Story
Though union members say there has been no movement in the National Grid lockout since the Merrimack Valley gas explosions last week, Gov. Read Story
The controversy pits the Transport Workers Union of America and its 850 Columbus members against an array of public and private transportation groups. Read Story
James Wilt, Civil Disobedience editor, writes a blog post about the upcoming Fight for $15 and Fairness event in Winnipeg. Read Story
While union workers in our region haven't called for a strike, it is a possibility. If they do, it would be the first strike in just over 30 years. Read Story
Ryanair cabin crew unions in five countries have warned that unless the airline shifts its "behaviour and attitude", their strike planned for next Friday 28 September will proceed. Read Story
We have an update on the ongoing dispute between a labor union and contractors association. Governor Rick Snyder is now looking at using the National Guard to finish road projects. Governor Snyder says he is looking at options to finish projects as quickly as possible, including using National... Read Story
A union leader says striking workers at Four Roses will return to work next week after the Kentucky bourbon maker and union officials reached a tentative agreement to end a two-week walkout... Read Story
Nurses at Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine took their complaints of unfair labor practices to the University of Michigan's governing board during its Sept. 20 meeting , the Detroit Free Press reported. Read Story