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Chicago Cabbies Fight for a Fairer Fare

Moshe Z. Marvit and Vincent Mersich The Nation
No one is responsible for paying cabbies a “minimum wage,” because these drivers are not considered employees. But Callahan and a group of Chicago cab drivers are challenging that long-held assumption. Under the name “Cab Drivers for Justice,” or, as most call it, “Cabbies for Justice,” they are pursuing what could be a landmark legal case.

U.S. Policies Allow Sweatshop Fires

Tom Hayden The Peace & Justice Resource Center
The latest sweatshop disaster in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of over 200 young women, calls into question the foundations of US globalization policies since the Clinton era. It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed on that country.

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Portland City Council Votes to Require Sick Leave

Steven DuBois Huffington Post
The Portland, Oregon City Council voted unanimously to make Portland the fourth U.S. city to mandate that employers offer sick leave, requiring that workers receive up to five days of paid sick leave each year. The number of cities could soon expand to five - the Philadelphia City Council is expected to vote on a similar measure on this week.
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