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Workplace Fairness: Today's Workplace

Your source for the latest developments in workplace rights and employment law. "Today's Workplace" is the the blog (weblog) written by Paula Brantner, Program Director of Workplace Fairness. In each entry, Paula focuses on legal and political information


9th Circuit Revists Ruling on Unequal Pay in Some Situations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The EEOC contends that the ruling enables the pay gap’s vicious cycle. If men are routinely paid more than women, their salary history will dictate they be paid more at the next job, and so on.

How the Canadians Are Trying to Use NAFTA to Raise Your Wage

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Canadian negotiating team did something big: They told the U.S. negotiators that U.S. laws that interfere with people’s freedom to negotiate on the job are dragging down standards for Canada and need to be abolished. Guess what? Canada is right.

Wage gap between blacks and whites is larger today than it was 40 years ago

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

It’s near impossible for black Americans to achieve parity with their white counterparts in the labor market, according to two new studies which show that they are underpaid and discriminated against throughout the hiring process.

The Right Wing Has a Vast, Secret Plot to Destroy Unions for Good. Here’s How to Fight Back.

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

SPN and ALEC have aggressively pursued so-called “right-to-work” legislation as a means of bankrupting unions and knocking out a key component of their opponents’ get-out-the-vote operation. Twenty-eight states now have these anti-union laws on the books.

OSHA's Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Two weeks ago, the agency responsible for enforcing workplace safety and health—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—removed the names of fallen workers from its home page and has stopped posting information about their deaths on its data page.

Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

This wealth decline is a threat to the viability of the American middle class and the nation’s overall economic health. Families with more wealth can cover emergencies without going into debt and take advantage of economic opportunity, such as buying a home, saving for college, or starting a business.

Freelancing Ain't Free

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

When is the moment in time for a freelance writer that a late payment becomes wage theft, and what do you do about it?

Lost wages, serious illness and poor labor standards: The dangers of rebuilding Texas and Florida

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Past abuses after similar natural disasters have left laborers without all of their wages and with serious illnesses that could have been prevented with proper supervision and training, labor experts say.

With All Eyes on DACA, the Trump Administration Is Quietly Killing Overtime Protections

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

On September 5, the administration of Donald Trump formally announced that they won’t try to save Obama’s overtime rule, effectively killing a potential raise for millions of Americans.

Canadian Mounties to the Rescue of American Workers

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Canada is stipulating that the United States eliminate laws that empower corporations and weaken workers.

When the Parades Are Over, Who Stands With Unions?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Labor Day parades are over. The bands have packed up. The muscular speeches celebrating workers are finished.

How Ending DACA Hurts All Low-Wage Workers

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Ending DACA will destroy the educational and employment prospects of 800,000 young immigrants who did nothing wrong, while at the same time hurting the wages and labor standards of American workers

Labor unions are trying to take back politics in the Midwest

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

On Labor Day — designated a federal holiday in 1894 to honor America’s labor movement — at least eight Democratic candidates will hold rallies in five Midwest cities to tell workers just how far the country has veered from its pro-labor roots.

Labor Day 2017: Working People Take Fewer Vacation Days and Work More

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the survey, the majority of America’s working people credit labor unions for many of the benefits they receive.

Trump blocks Obama effort to combat pay discrimination

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Donald Trump is blocking the rule from going into effect as scheduled next spring because it’s just too hard for businesses to report how much they pay their workers.

Ivanka Trump supports her father’s decision to stop monitoring the wage gap

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Despite her supposed support for equal pay, Ivanka Trump backed a recent White House decision to end an Obama administration rule that would have required businesses to monitor the salaries of employees of different genders, races, and ethnicities in an effort to prevent employment discrimination.

Wisconsin’s Foxconn Deal Enriches Billionaires With Taxpayer Cash

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Keeping the pressure on workers — no matter the consequences — has helped Foxconn’s Gou accumulate a personal fortune somewhere north of $6 billion. But Gou has also perfected another sure-fire strategy for piling up the big bucks. He gets taxpayers to give him money. Lots of it.

Trump’s transgender military ban met with backlash

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

A draft of this memorandum was reported on Wednesday, and there has been widespread criticism from trans activists, lawmakers, and current and former members of the military over the last few days.

Why Defending Workers’ Rights Means Fighting ICE’s Deportation Machine

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

ICE’s targeting of labor hearings falls into a much broader pattern of workplace immigration raids. The second term of the George W. Bush administration saw a boom in such policies, with authorities carrying out hundreds of sweeps targeting workers

The Skies Just Got Friendlier for Working People: Worker Wins

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with flight attendants and air traffic controllers standing together to make the skies safer for working people and travelers and includes numerous examples of workers organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

Working People Have 17 Recommendations for NAFTA. Here’s #2

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Since the dawn of the modern trade era (roughly 1990), no trade deal has ever put working families first. But we know the rules we need to make it happen. But no one will fight for those rules if we don’t lead.

Sexual harassment of graduate students by faculty is a national problem

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Graduate students hope to secure protection from harassment as they fight for their labor rights. Graduate students say that union representation and collective bargaining will help them get contracts that cover issues of sexual harassment.

Employees are not fully protected by the First Amendment

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Recent developments have people wondering if they can be fired for speaking their mind or expressing political views, especially off the clock and away from work. In many cases, the answer is yes, when “free speech” activities reflect poorly on the company or violate company policy or employment agreements.

Workers May Have Just Killed Missouri’s Right to Work Law

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In a badly needed victory for organized labor, a coalition of workers’ rights groups in Missouri is poised to halt a devastating new anti-union law from taking effect later this month.

Donald Trump's policies will mean more workers dead on the job

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Each day in the United States, 13 people are killed as a direct result of hazardous working conditions. And, more than 10 times that number die of work-related diseases that are less sudden but no less devastating.

In Their Own Words: Why Immigrant Worker Protections Must Be Extended

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

More than 1 million working people are in danger of having their work permits stripped away if the Trump administration ends the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs. This is unacceptable. We will fight for and with them just as they have fought for and with all of us.

Defense secretary reveals the trans military ban is in limbo

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the meantime, thousands of transgender personnel, who are already serving and have not disrupted the readiness of the military, await news about the fate of their careers.

Oregon passes law protecting workers from predatory scheduling by bosses

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Good news for Oregon workers in the retail and fast food industries. The state has become the first to pass a law protecting workers from some of the worst scheduling abuses employers love so much.

Elon Musk May Be a “Visionary,” But His Vision Doesn’t Seem To Include Unions

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

That’s because, since last November, Tesla has required employees to sign confidentiality agreements which prevent them from discussing workplace conditions. This policy has faced increased criticism since February, as workers at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif. plant have expressed concern over wages, safety and their right to unionize.

Labor Department wants to reward financial advisors at the expense of consumers

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Labor Department would like to delay a rule that would require financial advisors to act in the best interest of their customers and their retirement accounts.

EEOC lawsuits allege sex discrimination in physical ability tests

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Three different cases. Three different theories of gender discrimination. But one common thread – an old school presumption that certain blue-collar jobs are a “man’s work.”

You do not have a constitutional right to be extremely sexist at work

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Viewed this way, the decision to fire Damore was not censorship. It was a decision to protect women from a hostile workplace environment. Google prioritized the well-being of its workers and the company’s overall success over one man’s career.

Trump’s Bid to Pit Black and Brown Workers Against Each Other

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

What the nation needs is not an assault on immigration, but an assault on the effects of structural racism and economic inequality. Instead of dismantling affirmative action, we need investments in schooling for African-American children that start at preschool – and before.

The UAW Vote in Mississippi is a Battle for the Soul of the U.S. Labor Movement

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

After years of painstaking work by United Auto Workers (UAW) organizers to build support for a union at the big Nissan auto and truck assembly plant near Canton, Miss., the workers themselves will vote today and tomorrow on whether to accept UAW their collective bargaining voice at the plant.

Sarbanes Oxley Whistleblower Protection Law at 15 Years: Know Your Rights

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the wake of Enron and other corporate scandals that wiped out retirement savings and left millions unemployed, Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which contains a robust whistleblower protection provision.

Trump is about to make America much crueler to unionized workers

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began the process of confirming the first of Trump’s two nominees to the NLRB on Monday. When both nominees sit on the Board, a swift rollback of union rights is likely.

Black Women's Equal Pay Day shows how far from equality we are and how slow progress is

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

July 31 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. That means that this is the day in 2017 when black women have finally caught up with what white men were paid in 2016.

Don’t Dawdle on Economic and National Security

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Each mill and smelter that remains operating is too vital. Each is too crucial to the economic viability of a corporation, a community, and thousands of workers and their families.

Trump has bad news for millions of workers in line for overtime pay under Obama

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the final days of the Obama administration, the Labor Department had appealed the judge’s decision blocking implementation of the raise, and Trump’s Labor Department agreed in court that it has the power to set the eligibility threshold. But Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta plans to use that power in a very different way than Tom Perez did under Obama.

Justice Department brief argues against protections for LGBTQ workers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

On Wednesday evening, the Department of Justice moved to undermine rights for LGBTQ people to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace

The GOP’s Trojan Horse on Health Care Repeal

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

We’ve shown an incredible persistence in our fight. We’ll show plenty more when it comes to holding politicians accountable for a vote that favors big-money bullying over the people they’re supposed to represent.

New CFPB Rule – a Poster Child for Regulation

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Hurrah for the CFPB! Its new rule is supported by psychology, economics, and political philosophy. Nonetheless, the new rule is under serious threat.

Eight years after the last minimum wage increase, Democrats want to give 41 million workers a raise

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009—for eight years.

On the CFPB’s Birthday, Stand Against Sharks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The CFPB has provided an extraordinary amount of help to millions of Americans in just six years. Now it needs our help.

As Media Focuses on Russia Collusion, Trump Is Quietly Stacking the Labor Board with Union Busters

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

It might not get as much press coverage as other Donald Trump administration calamities, but the U.S. president is set to appoint a known union buster to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), push the body to a Republican majority and reverse Obama-era protections that rankle Big Business.

Republicans Working Against Workers

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The high point of unionization in America, the 1950s, was the low point in income inequality. It is called the time of the great compression. And a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research reaffirms that unionization produced better wages.

Washington state gets paid family leave

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The state legislature passed and Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law giving workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for birth, adoption, or the worker’s own or a family member’s medical condition, and up to 16 weeks in a year

Working People Need to Know If We Can Trust Donald Trump’s NLRB Nominees to Protect Our Freedoms

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

These two men, Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, have records of actively trying to strip working people of their freedoms.

Jimmy John’s Fired Workers for Making a ‘Disloyal’ Meme. A Court Just Ruled That’s Okay.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Like the non-compete agreements, the July 3 court decision is an unwarranted attack on labor rights, says William B. Gould IV, a labor law professor at Stanford University and former chairman of the federal labor board.

Get Back Your Right To Take Your Bank To Court

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The target this time is a rule issued this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that is designed to restore the ability bank and credit card customers, as individuals or as a group, to take a financial dispute to court.

News from Congress: VA Employees' Civil Service Protections Slashed

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Pub.L. 115-41 renews the push to cut back VA civil service protections, after the prior attempt under the last Administration saw adverse actions reversed at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and portions of the statute struck down as unconstitutional.

New study confirms widespread reports of science’s sexual harassment problem

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Women, and particularly women of color, working within the astronomical and planetary sciences are vastly more likely than their male colleagues to experience a hostile work environment based on their race or gender.

The SEC Whistleblower Program

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Enforcement actions resulting from whistleblower tips have enabled the SEC to recover nearly $1 billion in financial remedies from wrongdoers, much of which has been returned to investors.

18 states are suing Betsy DeVos for putting for-profit college fraudsters over student borrowers

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

They would also ban mandatory arbitration agreements, which have prevented many aggrieved students from suing schools that they believe have defrauded them.

The Trump administration is quietly making it easier to abuse seniors in nursing homes

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

An Economic Policy Institute study of employment cases, for example, found that employees are less likely to prevail before an arbitrator, and that they typically receive less money if they do prevail.

As Universities are Gutted, Grad Student Employee Unions Can Provide a Vital Defense

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The exploitation of academic workers has simmered for decades. Now, buoyed by a National Labor Relations Board ruling that graduate employees at private universities have the right to unionize, a new generation is organizing unions across private universities—defying a wave of pushback from administrations.

Prescription Drug Spending is Consuming a Bigger Share of Wages

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

While it is generally recognized that drugs are expensive, many people are unaware of how large a share of their income goes to paying for drugs because much of it goes through third party payers, specifically insurance companies and the government.

When three days sick means losing a month's grocery budget

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Without the ability to earn paid sick days, workers must choose between going to work sick (or sending a child to school sick) and losing much-needed pay.

Recognizing Signs of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

For an employer, it’s not only a bad idea to discriminate against someone because of his or her age – it’s also against the law.

Davis-Bacon Is Not Racist, and We Need to Protect It

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Davis-Bacon has been an undeniable success—lifting millions of working people into the middle class, strengthening public-private partnerships and guaranteeing that America’s infrastructure is built by the best-trained, highest-skilled workers in the world.

If Trump Has His Way, You’ll Certainly Miss This Agency You Probably Don’t Even Know Exists

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The only federal agency devoted to women’s economic security — the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau — is on the chopping block.

Kellyanne Conway says people who lose Medicaid should just find better jobs. It’s not that simple.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

While many of those people might prefer to take advantage of employer-offered health care, a large percentage do not have that option. Only 46 percent of employers offer health care coverage, according to the latest KFF data.

Veto the Cold-Hearted Health Bill

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Here is an example from the CBO report: A 64-year-old with a $26,500 income pays $1,700 for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but would be forced to cough up more than half of his or her income – $16,000 – for insurance under the House Republican plan. Overall, premiums would increase 20 percent in the first year. And insurers could charge older people five times the rate they bill younger Americans.

Trump reversal of Obama-era labor rule is great news for corporations

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

But for Reed to hold McDonald’s responsible for her alleged mistreatment, her lawyers have to prove that McDonald’s should be held responsible as a joint employer — not just the owners of the franchised restaurant.

Seattle's $15 minimum wage raised pay with zero effect on restaurant jobs, new study shows

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

According to the University of California, Berkeley, study, the increased minimum wage had employment effects that were “not statistically distinguishable from zero,” which is a fancy way of saying “we looked and we could not find a damn thing.”

The House GOP health care bill is a job killer, says a new report

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In addition to potentially increasing the number of uninsured by 23 million and being unequivocally unpopular, House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan could leave nearly a million people unemployed.

Fox News faces new legal trouble for sexual harassment

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

This report signals a new wave in the network’s ongoing legal troubles, linked to what reports and allegations indicate is a pervasive culture of sexual discrimination.

Tell the Labor Department Not to Repeal the Persuader Rule

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

If the rule is repealed, union-busters will be able to operate in the shadows as they work to take away our freedom to join together on the job.

A Day in the Life of a Day Laborer

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

It is a world, where workers are often cheated out of their wages, injured on the job and then left without medical care, according to a 2006 survey. Where workers who complain often suffer retaliation by employers who fire them, suspend them, or threaten to call immigration officials.

Environmental groups sue EPA for failing to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Health and farmworker organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for postponing a decision to protect farmworkers from exposure to restricted-use pesticides such as chlorpyrifos—a controversial pesticide linked to serious health issues

Comey’s Testimony Underscores Need for Strong Whistleblower Protections

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

For me, the most telling moment of former FBI Director Jim Comey’s June 8th testimony occurred early in the hearing, when Mr. Comey choked up as he recalled the White House’s publicly stating that the President had fired him because the “FBI was in disarray.” This emotional display seemed out of character for Mr. Comey.

This is Why Labor Should Care About Virginia’s Gubernatorial Primary

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Another major victory for the labor movement in Virginia could have major implications for the AFL-CIO’s strategy in the South further down the line. We should ensure that such a big opportunity is not missed.

Together We Can Make Pay Equity a Reality for All Working Women

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Clearly, we still have much to do to ensure pay equity, and there’s been some progress, thanks to tireless working women and their allies across the country.

Public transportation is a jobs and equality issue

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Public transportation is a jobs issue. If you don’t believe that, take a look at Philadelphia, where lack of efficient mass transit from the city to the suburbs is keeping a lot of people out of work.

Hints of Progress for Labor in the United States

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

What has been most impressive about these efforts to secure higher minimum wages is the widespread support they enjoy. This is not just an issue that appeals to the dwindling number of union members and progressive sympathizers.

Trump’s Family Leave: An Empty Envelope for American Workers

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Trump’s budget does include paid family leave, but as analysts unpack the proposal, it has become increasingly clear that his plan, unlike the FAMILY Act, doesn’t work for small businesses, their employees, or their communities.

Uber has started firing employees following harassment probe

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Heads are starting to roll at Uber following the company’s internal investigation into hundreds of claims regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace transgressions. The ride-sharing company has fired at least 20 people, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

Veteran Organizer Gives Inside Look at the First $15 Minimum Wage Campaign

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

As the labor movement finds itself in a state of crisis, Beyond $15 is both a timely history of a bold campaign’s unlikely victory and an inspiring call for a flexible, progressive and power-building vision of labor organizing.

Workers Want a Green Economy, Not a Dirty Environment

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Some viewed pollution as a blessing, a harbinger of jobs. Air that tasted of sulfur signified paychecks. For most, though, pollution was a curse. It meant scrubbing the grime off stoops daily. It meant children wheezing and gasping for air. It meant early death.

Lyft releases its first-ever diversity report

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Lyft has produced its first-ever diversity report, months after its chief competitor Uber released its own data about the make-up of its staff.

The Trump administration has started rolling back the birth control mandate

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Employers will soon be able to opt-out of providing coverage for birth control by citing religious objections.

Foundations of Inequality are in Wages

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

While rising capital share and greater concentration of wealth explain some of the story of economic inequality, the largest part of the story is the growth in wage inequality over the last several decades

Civil Rights and Labor: Two Movements, One Goal

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The intersection of human rights, civil rights and workers’ rights has always been a part of our struggles for independent power both here and abroad.

Sometimes hiring discrimination is committed by a bigot—and sometimes it's by standardized test

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In fact, some standardized tests used widely by employers looking to screen job-seekers can be instruments of discrimination.

The Entire Public Sector Is About to Be Put on Trial

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

An assault on public sector workers is ultimately an assault on the public sector itself.

Uber admits underpaying New York drivers approximately $45 million

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The infamous ride-sharing app admitted Tuesday that it had been underpaying its New York drivers since November 2014 due to an accounting error that took out more than the company’s 25 percent commission, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Trump targets USDA with some of the deepest proposed budget cuts

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The proposed budget zeroes out programs like the USDA’s Farm Safety program, which seeks to reduce farm sector injuries by training workers in how to properly use farming equipment.

The Time Is Now to Stand Up for the CFPB

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Feuer explained in the interview that the CFPB played a crucial role in investigating reports that Wells Fargo employees were fabricating accounts under pressure to meet sales quotas. Those fake accounts, in turn, showed up in financial reports that helped Wells Fargo boost its stock price and, as the stock price rose, executive earnings.

40,000 AT&T Workers Begin 3-Day Strike

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Around 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at AT&T walked off their jobs Friday, for a three-day strike, as pressure continues to mount on the corporation to settle fair contracts.

Paid family leave policies show corporate America's disdain for low-wage workers and their babies

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

And even companies that have touted their parental leave programs leave many of their workers out, giving paid leave to their salaried staff at corporate headquarters but not to the workers standing behind the cash registers or making the cappuccinos or fried chicken.

Yale: Negotiate with Your Graduate Teachers

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Graduate teachers are teachers. Once they walk into the classroom, their job becomes indistinguishable from that of a tenured faculty member.

Trump’s rollback of environmental rules will fail to bring back coal, report says

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Spoiler alert: In its first few pages, the report states that President Donald Trump will almost certainly fail to bring jobs back to coal country or dramatically boost coal production.

A Winning Week for Corporations and Wall Street—Paid for by Your Health and Retirement

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Corporations and Wall Street won big last week, and working people will pay a high price for it.

Want To Speak Out About Politics at Work? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know.

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the past several months, there’s been a noted uptick in political speech at work. That speech has often made national news, from Sally Yates’ dismissal as interim attorney general to IBM workers organizing against their employer’s support of Donald Trump.

Bosses are stealing billions from their workers' paychecks, but it's not treated like a crime

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

But somehow wage theft—not paying workers the minimum wage for the hours they’ve worked, stealing tips, not paying overtime, and other ways of not paying workers what they’ve earned—doesn’t get treated as the crime it truly is.

Immigrant Nurses Demand Equal Pay—And Win

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Management’s argument was that foreign experience was not comparable to U.S. experience. But the underpaid nurses coming forward had something else in common: they were primarily people of color, mainly from India.

The Trump Administration is About to Put Nursing Home Profits Ahead of Nursing Home Patients

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The secretive arbitration system also effectively lets homes sweep the facts about problems under the rug, so that the public and regulators never learn about widespread or egregious abuses.

5 Things You Need to Know from the AFL-CIO's New Executive Paywatch Report

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Today, the AFL-CIO released the 2017 edition of its Executive Paywatch report. The Executive Paywatch website, the most comprehensive, searchable online database tracking CEO pay, showed that in 2016, the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned some $37,600 per year. When adjusted for inflation, the average wage has remained stagnant for 50 years.

New York City bans salary histories

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

If you apply for a job in New York City after October, you might notice a change in the process: your potential employer won’t ask you what you made in your past jobs.

The GOP Just Got One Step Closer to Taking Away Your Overtime Pay

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The bill is being sold by Republicans as family friendly and “pro-worker,” allowing workers to take time off to attend to family needs. But Democrats and scores of labor and worker advocacy groups oppose the bill, saying it offers employees a false choice between pay and time off, effectively depriving workers of earned overtime without providing guarantees of family leave or stable work schedules.