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Wage Theft At McDonald's

Gregory Heires Reader Supported News
Workers at McDonald's file lawsuits in New York, Michigan and California claiming wage theft.

Seattle Marches to a $15 Beat

Paul Bigman Labor Notes
New Mayor Ed Murray says, “We know it is not a matter of if we get to $15 per hour, but when and how we get there.” All nine city council members publicly endorse the concept. But underneath the apparent consensus are differences on what $15 means and how long it should take. So labor and community groups in Seattle are mobilizing to hold the council’s feet to the fire—and to get the job done by ballot initiative if the council compromises too far.

Inside Low-wage Workers’ Plan to Sue McDonald’s — and Win

Timothy Noah MSNBC
Last week workers filed wage theft lawsuits against McDonald's in three states. The suits are an attempt to get at the franchise system in particular, which has enabled large corporations to avoid legal responsibility for what happens in the franchise.

De Blasio Pushes a 9-Year Contract for Teachers

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is pushing for what would be the longest-ever contract with the teachers’ union: a nine-year deal that would let the city stretch out potentially huge retroactive pay increases. A nine-year deal for teachers would actually date to Nov. 1, 2009, when the union’s contract expired. But it would extend for another four and a half years — after Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, would face re-election in 2017.

Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay

Michael D. Shear and Steven Greenhouse New York Times
In a move expected to draw harsh opposition from the business community, President Obama will use his executive authority to push changes in overtime law so that millions of workers who are now exempt will be eligible for premium rates when working more than 40 hours per week.

Fat Cats At Queens Library: Workers Suffer As Boss Lives In Luxury

Gregory N. Heires Public Employee Press
There are major problems at the Queens Borough Public Library which is one of the largest public libraries in the country. The President and CEO is paid $391,000 plus major perks. In the past 5 years he has reduced the staff by 130 positions through attrition and 44 layoffs. This has become major news in the New York City media as well as the national library press.

This Stormy Weather is Headed Our Way

Barry Dunning Working Life
A decision in favour of Pamela Harris in the Harris v. Quinn case before the U.S. Supreme Court would seriously impact the quality of care provided to tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities who use state-supported home care services. It would do this by ruling the collective agreement covering more than 27,000 workers unconstitutional. More broadly, a ruling that the current system is unconstitutional threatens the future of collective bargaining.

This is what a job in the U.S.’ new manufacturing industry looks like

Lydia DePillis Washington Post
Manufacturing jobs are not what they used to be. Companies increasingly hire temp workers through contractors who are paid less and even wear different shirts. Employees paint a grim picture of the work and the long-term impact on the local economy.

Union Report Says Obamacare Will Hasten Income Inequality

Jon Ralston Ralston Reports
As national Democrats prepare to run against the GOP on income equality issues, a giant union has issued a scathing Obamacare document that could undermine that case. "The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse" is the title of the UNITE HERE document that is soon to be making its way to Capitol Hill.