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New York Can Lead the Way to Higher Pay

The New York Times May 19, 2015 View the original piece The Fight for $15, a global effort to raise the pay of low-wage workers, has circled back to where it began. Protests by fast-food workers in New York City in 2012 got the movement started, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now given the effort its biggest boost so far by announcing the creation of a board to look into raising wages for the state’s more than 180,000 fast-food...

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Expand Social Security

MoveOn.org May 18, 2015 View the original piece We need to expand Social Security to prevent the looming retirement crisis, and we can do it simply by asking billionaires to pay their fair share.

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Senators urge caution on multiemployer cuts

Hazel Bradford Pensions & Investments May 15, 2015 View the original piece Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee asked Treasury Department officials to tread carefully as they develop the process for implementing multiemployer pension reforms enabling some plans to cut benefits. “These reforms are unprecedented and, therefore, we ask the Treasury Department to take its role in overseeing the benefit suspension provisions very seriously. In particular, it is critical that you ensure that participants’...

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Building a Stewards Council

Paul Krehbiel Labor Notes May 13, 2015 View the original piece Want a stronger union at work? Consider building a stewards council. With only five stewards for 1,700 workers, demoralization was high at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Click here to read more at Labor Notes.  

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NetJets Pilots Union Conducts Largest Picket in Company History

PR Newswire May 08, 2015 View the original piece More than 400 pilots and family members took the fight to preserve their livelihoods and security to the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting by staging the largest informational picket in NetJets history on Saturday; NetJets is a subsidiary of the Warren Buffett-owned conglomerate (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B). The pilots, whose professional interests are represented by the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), were joined by...

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Fired Disney World performers win arbitration over sweaty costumes

Amanda McKenzie News 13 May 06, 2015 View the original piece Three Walt Disney World performers who were fired from the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom after refusing to wear sweaty, soiled costumes will get their jobs back after winning an arbitration case. A representative from the Teamsters Local 385 Union said Monday the arbitration process was finally over, and a federal arbitrator ruled in favor of the cast members, who lost their jobs...

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Freightliner Gets First License for Autonomous-Driving Truck (with video)

Neil Abt Transport Topics May 06, 2015 View the original piece Freightliner Trucks has received the first license in the United States for an autonomous-driving truck to operate on public highways from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. The Freightliner Inspiration was previewed for the media at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 5, an occasion Sandoval hailed as “a historic day in the areas of transportation and innovation” and a “monumental day for the human...

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Meal-Break Rule

Michele Fuetsch Transport Topics May 05, 2015 View the original piece The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeal of rulings that upheld a California law that requires employers to provide meal breaks to workers. Penske Logistics was asking the court to overturn decisions by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, that said the companies must abide by the state law. The second case involved Vitran Express, a Canadian...

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Truck driver scarcity pulls down Con-way volume, profit

JOC Staff The Journal of Commerce May 05, 2015 View the original piece The so-called driver shortage is taking its toll on volume growth and further heightening the need for pricing discipline, according to the president of the third largest transportation and logistics company in America.   “The tight driver market is limiting our ability to fully seat our fleet,” said Con-way President and CEO Douglas Stotlar during in a statement during last week’s first-quarter...

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Fired Teamster wins $6.6 Million from UPS?

Y. Peter Kang Portfolio Media. Inc. April 28, 2015 View the original piece Law360, Los Angeles (April 23, 2015, 8:16 PM ET) -- The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s punitive damages award of $6.6 million to a former employee of United Parcel Service Inc. who had alleged wrongful termination in connection with a previously filed overtime class action suit, ruling that the evidence was sufficient to support the jury’s verdict.Former employee Michael Marlo filed suit...

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