Monday, February 26, 2018

Today’s Workplace

  1. West Virginia Teachers Are About to Stage a Statewide Strike. Here’s Why.
    Teachers and service personnel across West Virginia are planning to strike on Feb. 22 and 23 in an effort to boost pay and lower their increasing healthcare costs. It will be the first statewide walkout in nearly 30 years. The strike was announced by the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) […]
  2. Alaska will no longer allow workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage
    As of Friday, Alaskan businesses will no longer be allowed to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage, which is currently $9.84 an hour. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen, in a press release. “They deserve minimum wage protections as […]
  3. Disney is using 'tax cut bonus' to try to force union workers to accept low pay
    Disney got some positive press for saying it would give its workers a $1,000 tax cut bonus—but it’s using the bonus to try to force some of its lower-paid workers to accept a bad deal at the bargaining table. The entertainment giant carefully specified that the bonuses would go to union workers “currently working under existing union […]
  4. Trump’s Worker Safety & Health Budget Again Undermines Worker Safety & Health
    Earlier this week, President Trump submitted his Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. This is his second budget proposal, and like the first, although it left OSHA’s budget fairly flat, it once again proposes to slash or eliminate important safety and health programs and agencies.  And this is Trump’s second OSHA budget that has been proposed with […]
  5. Trump Administration Should Rescind Proposal That Allows Bosses to Pocket Working People's Tips
    As we previously reported, President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced a new proposed regulation to allow restaurant owners to pocket the tips of millions of tipped workers. This would result in an estimated $5.8 billion in lost wages for workers each year?wages that they rightfully earned. And most of that would come from women’s pockets. Nearly 70% of […]
  6. Congress introduces record number of bills to prevent people from taking industry to court
    Industry-friendly lawmakers are waging a coordinated campaign with the Trump administration to strip Americans of their legal rights to use the courts to hold polluting companies and the government itself accountable for violations of bedrock environmental laws and other important public protections. Members of Congress have introduced more than 50 bills over the past year […]
  7. 56 attorneys general push Congress to help sexual harassment victims gain access to the courts
    Attorneys general from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories wrote a letter Monday imploring Congress to make the courts more accessible to victims of sexual harassment. The letter, addressed to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader […]
  8. Must employers provide ADA leave after FMLA runs out?
    The Family and Medical Leave Act mandates that employers provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious medical condition. But what happens when an employee requests additional weeks or months off for a disabling condition? The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected one man’s request for a three-month extension beyond […]
  9. Unions are Fighting for Families by Supporting Women and Rejecting the Status Quo
    Women in the workplace have made major strides. Women currently make up 48% of the workforce and are the sole or primary breadwinner for 40% of families in the United States. Yet most family responsibilities still rest on women’s shoulders and, too often, women put in a full day’s work only to come home and […]
  10. Here’s How a Supreme Court Decision To Gut Public Sector Unions Could Backfire on the Right
    Janus v. AFSCME, which begins oral arguments on February 26, is the culmination of a years-long right-wing plot to financially devastate public-sector unions. And a Supreme Court ruling against AFSCME would indeed have that effect, by banning public-sector unions from collecting mandatory fees from the workers they are compelled to represent. But if the Court […]