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Workplace Issues Today: Los Angeles City Councilman withdraws pension proposal

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks withdrew a ballot proposal that would have given the Council some control over the Department of Water and Power’s pension system after facing opposition from unions and fellow Council members. The head of the union for the Department of Water and Power said that the measure itself was bad […]

Workplace Issues Today: French workers continue protests

While France’s supply depots have been cleared of protesters, and 3 of the 12 refineries have voted to go back to work, protests are still affecting other parts of the French economy The protests have caused fuel shortages at 1 in 3 gas stations, and port and dock workers are still protesting at ports like […]

Workplace Issues Today: Newark workers not allowed to volunteer on furlough day

After Newark Mayor Cory Booker urged city residents to volunteer during the financial crisis, sanitation workers came into work on a furlough day to pick up residents garbage for free. They were not allowed to get into their trucks, baffling the workers. Layoffs in Newark are scheduled for November 12, and the sanitation workers will […]

Workplace Issues Today: French protests continue, government says they have it under control

French truck drivers became the latest group to join protests against pension reform. They staged protest overnight through “go-slows” on highways, with more planned throughout the rest of the day. Workers at oil refineries are on strike for the seventh day. Gas station associations say that more than 1,500 stations have run out of fuel, […]

Workplace Issues Today: New York State faces billions in health care costs

A new report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy estimates that New York state cities, counties and authorities owe more than $200 billion in health care benefits to retirees, but have no way or plan to pay for it. Unlike pension costs and payments which are reported, health care costs have a […]

Workplace Issues Today: Unemployed no longer qualified for old jobs

Analysts say that they are seeing a new trend among employers looking to hire: more skills needed than before. Many jobs have been broadened and redefined to include more responsibilities and more skills. That means that workers who used to hold those jobs do not qualify for their job anymore. Companies say that they cannot […]

Workplace Issues Today: Supreme Court hears arguments on government background checks

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is contracted through Caltech by NASA, who are challenging the government’s right to perform background checks. A Court of Appeals ruled that open-ended questions on the background checks violated their right to privacy. Elene Kagan, then the Solicitor General, […]

Stayin’ Alive : the 1970s and the last days of the working class (Book of the Month)

Stayin’ Alive : the 1970s and the last days of the working class by Jefferson Cowie is Catherwood’s Book of the Month. An epic account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the ’70s, Stayin’ Alive is a wide-ranging cultural and political history that presents the decade in […]

Workplace Issues Today: Mayor of London bashes unions for rail strike

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London is criticizing the tube workers for going on strike, saying that it is a political gesture and that they should only be allowed to strike if over 50% of the membership votes on the ballot. The Mayor has drawn criticism for not living up to his promise to negotiate […]


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