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Tribune, Tronc and beyond: A slur, a secret payout, and a looming sale 13.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Tribune Publishing secretly started to pay more than $2.5 million to a fired news executive to settle a lawsuit. It sought to keep a slur by controlling owner Michael Ferro from becoming public.
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Unions, Millennials, and Their Ostensibly Liberal Elders 13.12.2018 American Prospect
Dmitrii Sakharov/Shutterstock The Library at Columbia University Young people like and want unions. Both the Gallup and the Pew polls released this summer show public support for unions at its highest levels in many years, and in both polls, it’s the young who give unions their highest approval ratings. In Pew,  68 percent  of Americans aged 18 to 29 had a favorable view of unions; in Gallup,  65 percent  of Americans aged 18 to 34 approved of them.    But given the risks of being fired that most young workers (like all workers) face if they attempt to unionize (and given the failure of the much-weakened National Labor Relations Act to protect them), few young workers have a realistic opportunity to form or join unions. The exceptions to this rule are increasingly found in newsrooms and on university campuses, where highly skilled workers are not easy to replace. Journalists and graduate student teaching and research assistants have been unionizing in droves over the past couple of years. Just yesterday, ...
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Iowa college becomes battleground for student worker unionization 12.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Students with campus jobs at Grinnell College want to unionize, but the college is pushing back and asking the National Labor Relations Board to reconsider an Obama-era ruling allowing such unions.
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Despite back-to-work legislation, picket lines outside Canada Post facilities continue 11.12.2018 - News for the rest of us
Despite back-to-work legislation, picket lines outside Canada Post facilities continue
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Your Christmas tree has an environmental footprint. Here's how to minimize it 5.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
There's no clear answer on whether real or artificial trees are best -- minimizing impact depends on how each person purchases and disposes of their tree.
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The Myth of the Benevolent Postwar Corporation 5.12.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo, FILE Workers at the end of the assembly line at General Motors plant in Euclid, Ohio, put finishing touches at the cabs of Fisher Body Metal Station Wagons in 1950.  Much as the presidency of Donald Trump has contributed to the retrospective appreciations of George H.W. Bush, so the conduct of American corporations over the past four decades—not to put too fine a point on it: pocketing revenues for their shareholders while stiffing, if not altogether abandoning, their workers—has cast a rosy glow over the American corporations of the post-World War II era. One commentator bathed in that glow, based on the evidence of  his column  Monday in The New York Times is David Leonhardt. His column quite rightly bangs the drum for Elizabeth Warren’s bill to require corporations to set aside 40 percent of their board seats for representatives selected by their workers—a slightly watered-down version of German co-determination, but a significant step forward, if ever enacted, in the battle to make ...
Open Letter: Senators voice concern bill to end postal strike could violate charter of rights 26.11.2018 - News for the rest of us
rabbe staff In a special sitting of the House of Commons, members of Parliament early Saturday, November 24, passed Bill C-89, a back-to-work bill that would end the strike by Canada Post workers. This bill then went proceeded to the Senate. After studying the bill, the Senate adopted a motion Saturday evening to adjourn its discussions until Monday afternoon. As the Senate prepared to review the bill, two senators issued this public letter on November 23.   The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, MP Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Dear Minister Hajdu, As your government moves forward with back-to-work legislation to force an end to the dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, senators must consider their constitutional role. One of the duties senators are tasked with is to pay particular attention to legislation that might impinge upon protections found within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 2(d) of the Charter states that the ...
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Understaffed and overworked: Firefighters exhausted by severe California fires 26.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As major wildfires increase in California, some firefighters are being pushed to the point of exhaustion -- and overtime costs are soaring.
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Walmartism and Its Discontents 19.11.2018 American Prospect
Nick Ut/AP Images Efforts to unionize Walmart have made little headway in the face of a problem endemic to the retail sector: high turnover. Discontented workers simpyl quit rather than invest in the hard work of fixing a company's problems.  Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart By Adam Reich and Peter Bearman Columbia University Press This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Until the “gig economy” and artificial intelligence became their primary preoccupations, observers of the 21st-century workplace were obsessed with the 800-pound gorilla of global retail: Walmart. Infamous for its low wages—so low that many of its workers are eligible for public assistance—and for its intransigent resistance to unionization, this global corporate behemoth was also the target of multiple gender discrimination lawsuits over the years. Although many of its practices are similar to those of other large retailers, Walmart became the poster child ...
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Postal strike in perspective: Union has made great strides possible 6.11.2018 - News for the rest of us
Anne Ehret The current strike by Canada Post workers has made me reflect on my early years as a letter carrier in Vancouver, when the crown corporation was first hiring female letter carriers. It was 1974, and I was 21. I had moved to Vancouver from southwestern Ontario because I wanted to experience a different part of Canada. I initially had worked in a bank, but was feeling quite restless and unhappy in this job. Then, I saw the mail carrier come into the bank to deliver the mail. I was so impressed by the fact it was a woman, that I immediately went up to her and asked: “They’re hiring women for this position now?” She responded, “Oh yes. It started a few months ago.” I called in sick the next day, went to the post office and applied. A few weeks later, I was on the job. I was aware that some of the older male carriers struggled with having women working alongside them. This did not bother me because my father, who was also a mail carrier, had always maintained that women could do this (or any) job ...
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Train strikes, kills person near downtown Moorhead 6.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The train stopped immediately. Several crossings were blocked while police investigated.
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Steelworkers, ArcelorMittal reach agreement on labor contract 5.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The United Steelworkers union and ArcelorMittal have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contact that includes some workers in northern Minnesota.
Google employees plan global walkout to protest company's treatment of women 1.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Many at Google have been simmering since The New York Times reported the company gave generous exit packages to alleged harassers. Hundreds of employees have already walked out in Singapore.
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Ramsey County sheriff candidates agree on need for diversity, disagree over rollout of body cameras 1.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Current Sheriff Jack Serier and Vadnais Heights Mayor Bob Fletcher are vying for the seat in Ramsey County.
Women Bolster the Democrats’ Midwestern Prospects 31.10.2018 American Prospect
Meet Nicole Breadon. She’s 46, a lifelong resident of Clarkston, a town of fewer than 1,000 that’s become one of Detroit’s distant exurbs. Her husband Todd grew up in Clarkston, too. Breadon, a sous chef, left her job six years ago to spend more time with her two sons, both special needs children. She’s also an archetype of lasting change in Michigan Democratic politics. “I wasn’t politically active before Trump’s election, but afterwards I felt I had to fight,” Breadon says. “I was concerned that because of him—and especially Betsy DeVos—my children and other kids in the special education system wouldn’t receive the services they need.”  Paying careful attention to Trump’s post-election pronouncements and appointments, in mid-January, 2017 Breadon joined the North Oakland County Democratic Club.  Then, only a few days later, came an event that left a lasting impression on Breadon: the January 21 Women’s March. She took part in the March on the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, one of the many local offshoots ...
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The Cross-Border Farmworker Rebellion 31.10.2018 American Prospect
Surrounded by blueberry and alfalfa fields near Sumas, Washington, just a few miles from the Canadian border, a group of workers last week stood in a circle behind a trailer, itemizing a long list of complaints about the grower they work for. Lorenzo Sanchez, the oldest, pointed to the trailer his family rents for $800 a month. On one side, the wooden steps and porch have rotted through. “The toilet backs up,” he said. “Water leaks in when it rains. The stove doesn't work.” His wife, Felipa Lopez, described mistreatment in the fields. “The old man [the grower] sometimes walks behind us and makes fun of us,” she charged. “He yells at us to make us work faster.” Other workers in the circle nodded in agreement. Ramon Torres, president of the farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia, listened and then took union membership cards from the pocket of his jacket. “This is the first step,” he said. “Join the union. But you have to agree to support each other in this. If he fires any one of you, the others ...
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Class Consciousness Comes to America 29.10.2018 American Prospect
Rosedale Avenue is a quiet street in Columbus, Ohio, with compact houses that are showing some wear. I recently spent an evening talking with some of the residents on their doorsteps about their jobs, the economy and the future. Tom, a friendly 23-year old covered in tattoos, was just pulling up to his home with his wife Megan, 22, and their two toddlers. They’d been middle-school sweethearts and have been working hard to build a life. Tom makes $14 an hour working with a landscape company, but because it rained that day, he didn’t work and didn’t get paid. Megan works part-time for $11.50 an hour at a candy store at a seasonal job. “My generation is screwed,” Tom tells me. “They all live with their parents, playing video games. I’ve got 20 cousins like that. There are plenty of jobs—but not enough good jobs,” he continues. “Our parents had good jobs. We can’t pay the bills.” What would help? “I’d love to be in a union,” he says. “I’m fine paying dues—I’d be making more money. Unions would make the ...
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As Israel Targets Iran in Syria, U.S. Officials Warn of Reprisals 29.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
Israel is conducting a military campaign across Syria against Iran-backed militia groups, an effort that has been encouraged by the White House but aroused the concern of many U.S. military officials.
Union Pacific to Lay Off Nearly 500 Workers 24.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Union Pacific plans to lay off about 500 employees before the end of the year, the first of several rounds of job cuts as the railroad implements a new operating plan to turn around its performance.
#MeToo and Women's Economic Empowerment 23.10.2018 American Prospect
(Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Hotel workers, represented by Unite Here Local 1, picket outside the Palmer House Hilton on September 7, 2018, in Chicago. This summer, the union successfully organized for a city ordinance requiring hotels to provide housekeepers with panic buttons that they can press if they are sexually harassed or assaulted by guests. The women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo movement are courageous and inspiring. They have chosen to pursue justice by publicly describing their traumatic experiences, knowing full well the scorn and baseless attacks on their character that they would face for doing so. Their bravery has resulted in a groundbreaking cultural shift in the way we talk about and address sexual abuse. Yet it is also true that many of the most high-profile women in the #MeToo movement have a host of advantages in their lives. They include wealthy white women, with white-collar professional jobs or ...
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