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Workplace Issues Today: Wireline workers reach deal with AT&T

AT&T announced yesterday that a tentative agreement had been reached with 7,000 wireline employees across the country, who have been working under the terms of an expired contract for the last four and a half months. Tensions have been high at AT&T as older telephone jobs disappear to make way for new Internet phone and […]

Federal Minimum Wage Rate $7.25 as of July 24th, 2009

OK, so this is old news by now, but here a few resources related to the minimum wage: GOVERNMENT site:  Minimum Wage Overview from the Department of Labor, including a history and guide to state laws. BOOK:  Minimum Wages by David Neumark and William L. Wascher LEGAL GUIDE:  Minimum Wage from the Cornell Legal Information […]

Workplace Issues Today: Small aspect of health care reform may be critical for Detroit autoworkers

Within President Obama’s health care reform plan is a small provision that would grant unions $10 billion in funds to help cover insurance claims for retirees aged 55-64. The provision has become especially controversial in Detroit where the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) is finding itself hard-pressed to insure the burgeoning number of auto employees forced […]

Workplace Issues Today: Blame disputed by union, airline

Several days after the tragic collision of a small plane and a tourist helicopter over the Hudson River, the union, airline, and National Transportation Board of Safety (NTBS) have become embroiled in a dispute over where to place the blame. The National Air Traffic Controllers Union contended that the Teterboro airport controller was wrongly blamed […]

From BLS: Women’s Earnings in 2008

Last month, BLS released the latest report on women’s earnings and how they compare to men’s.  Here is the introduction: In 2008, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $638, or about 80 percent of the $798 median for their male counterparts. In 1979, the fi rst year for […]

TWB*: Edwize and SHRM

Bonus TWB suggestion today! Rather than just one blog, there are two. As most know, blogs are rarely the objective place to find unbiased news and information, so remember to be aware of potential bias when reading current events from a group obviously on one side of an issue. The first is the Edwize blog […]

Is it illegal to fire someone for being ugly?

From the blog highlighted in last Tuesday’ s TWB*: An e-mail was recently leaked online in which American Apparel CEO Dov Charney demanded store managers send him pictures of every employee. His master plan: look over every photo personally and fire anyone he considered ugly. The result? As long as you are applying the standard […]

Workplace Issues Today: The fight is on!

Workers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 will strike Monday morning, leaving 300,000 Bay Area Commuters without station agents or train operators on their morning commute. In other words, no trains, lots of traffic. The ATU Local is one of three unions at BART, and the only one to reject the proposed contract […]

Healing together: the labor-management partnership at Kaiser Permanente (Book of the Month)

Healing together: the labor-management partnership at Kaiser Permanente by Thomas A. Kochan, Adrienne E. Eaton, Robert B. McKersie, Paul S. Adler is Catherwood’s Book of the Month. Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the country. It also happens to have the largest and most complex labor-management partnership ever created in the United […]

Workplace Issues Today: Fight to see bonus plan ends, bigger fight looms?

A month after the Tribune Co. asked for permission under Chapter 11 to raise the bonuses of over 700 managers and higher-ups from $21.5 million to $67 million, the union has won the right to see the new bonus plan. Federal bankruptcy judge Kevin Carey ruled that Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, representing 225 workers at the […]

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