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Work News for Week Ending June 13

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Violence prevention bill @ Mine safety legislation @ Airline worker job cuts @ Cops help break picket line @ Steelworkers, Sierra Club alliance @ House abandons air-traffic controllers

Work News for Week Ending June 6

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Minimum wage increases @ Calif. SEIU may strike @ No free speech for workers @ Pilots agree to give-backs @ Activists protest Wal-Mart

Feds to Investigate E-waste Handling at Prisons

The Justice Department has finally agreed to open an investigation into health hazards surrounding electronics recycling programs in US prisons. The programs are run by the government-owned corporation UNICOR, which pays inmates substandard wages to break down computers containing toxic metals.

Immigrants Face Retaliation for Asserting Workplace Rights

What might have been a simple back-wages dispute took on an uglier form when the employer retaliated against its undocumented immigrant worker.

Work News for Week Ending May 30

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Air-traffic controllers @ Laborers Union to leave AFL @ Machinists and NW Airlines @ Home Depot oversight push @ Congress on mine safety

Work News for Week Ending May 23

A weekly run-down of stories related to work, labor organizing, job safety, wages, etc. @ More mine deaths @ Wal-Mart tied to poverty @ Cintas workers win @ Alcoa steelworkers may strike @ Starbucks labor struggle

Bankruptcy Lawyers Sue Govt. over New Rules

A lawyers association filed a suit challenging some changes to the federal Bankruptcy Code just days before the IRS announced a crackdown on the predatory credit-counseling groups those rules were apparently meant to rein in.

Work News for May 15, 2006

@ Smithfield labor fight @ Delphi talks @ Wal-Mart front group @ Ohio grocery workers win @ AFL-CIO & CTW conspire @ IWW picks up Berkeley Cinema @ LA Hilton workers fired

Labor Dept. Agrees to Name ‘Unlocatable’ Workers

Yielding to a legal challenge filed by workers’ rights advocates, the Department of Labor agreed yesterday to hand over information on workers who never received back-pay owed by employers because the government had failed to locate them.

College Campaign Against Sweatshop Apparel Claims Victory

Students working to end abuses of workers’ rights in the factories that make their school apparel won a victory in California last Friday after months of escalating protest.

Hotel Housekeepers Report Staggering Job Injury Rate

A newly released study finds that many workers tasked with cleaning hotel rooms experience excruciating pain from their ever more difficult jobs.

Immigrants Demonstrate Power through Strike, Boycott, Protests

NewStandard reporters hit the streets among hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters in three cities to present a ground-level view of the massive show of presence and passion.

Feds Could ‘Gut’ Social Security Disability Rolls

The Social Security Administration has found a place to cut corners: several categories of disability-benefits recipients who the agency says can wait two more years to start collecting, no matter how much hardship the move might cause.

Support Builds for Immigration Protests, Boycott

While the corporate-sponsored media report alleged splits in the immigrant-rights movement and dwindling support for a boycott and general strike, TNS found that solidarity and commitment are growing.

Transit Workers Face Fines, Internal Strife

Faced with heavy penalties for a massive strike last December, New York City’s transport workers union is divided over how far to push in its struggle for a fair contract.

Some Immigrants Reject Notion of ‘Earned’ Citizenship

In the current debate over creating a new path to "legalization" for undocumented immigrants, the notion of "earned citizenship" – as promoted mostly by liberal and centrist politicians – has emerged as the pragmatic way forward.

Students Turn Up Pressure Over Labor Rights

Student activists across the country this week are holding local protests and educational events to highlight the role their schools play in workers’ rights and wages.

Proposed Pension Bill Opens Escape Hatch for Reluctant Providers*

Critics say politicians looking to "reform" an ailing retirement system are actually enouraging companies to abandon pensions in favor of profits, leaving behind the workers and seniors who rely on them.

Immigration Bills Would Challenge Citizen Workers, Too

While the immigration debate simmering on Capitol Hill is reported to only concern the rights of immigrants, a little-publicized provision would place the burden of proving work eligibility on citizens and non-citizens alike.

Miami Janitors’ Strike Escalates Despite Partial Victory

More than a month after going on strike, and having won a 25 percent pay raise and health insurance, janitors at the University of Miami are still refusing to return to work. They are demanding the right to unionize on their own terms.

Senate Immigration Bill Lacks Worker Protections

An international lawsuit filed on behalf of immigrants working legally in the United States highlights the absence of labor rights protections in current and proposed guest-worker programs.

Senate’s Shot at Immigration ‘Reform’ Steers Less Exclusive Cours

Following massive demonstrations across the country and high tensions in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday hammered out a legislative compromise, ushering in the next stage in the battle over immigration reform.

All Talk, No Action on Mine Safety

Nearly three months after the Sago Mine tragedy, promises to toughen mine-safety enforcement have gained little real-world traction. And with the number of mine workers killed at work this year now just one shy of the total for all of 2005, lawmakers, administration figures and others intimately familiar with the issue are unable to say when, or even if, anything significant will be done.

Workers, Activists Want DuPont Investigated for Pollution

Suspicious of DuPont after revelations that the company has contaminated other communities, Richmond-area activists are asking the EPA to look at the company’s use of a likely carcinogen in their own area.

Fight over Unionization Methods Stirred by Both Sides*

Two statements released by very different groups yesterday offered divergent views adding to a growing debate over whether workers should be permitted to unionize without holding secret-ballot elections.

Forest Workers’ Plight Exposes Pitfalls of Legal Migrant Work

Legally documented migrant laborers whose horrific circumstances were exposed last year have filed a series of class-action lawsuits, while their advocates are insisting on better treatment, pay and conditions.

No End in Sight for Miami Janitors’ Strike

A week-and-a-half-long strike by contracted janitors at one of Florida’s wealthiest universities shows no sign of slowing.

Attitude, Not Cost, Barrier to Disabled Workers

Recent data shows employers who make an effort to accommodate employees with disabilities can do so at little cost and great benefit, exposing deeper discrimination behind dismal employment numbers.

Mine-safety Hearings Produce Little

Both chambers of Congress held hearings on mine safety last week under differing atmospheres of partisanship but without reaching any significant conclusions. The hearings come amid news that nearly as many mine workers have died on the job so far this year as did during all of 2005.

Groups Seek Review of New Trucker Fatigue Law

Five labor, safety and public-interest organizations jointly laid the groundwork yesterday for a legal challenge to recently issued rules covering the number of hours truck drivers can operate their vehicles without a break. They contend the new rules, issued last summer, are essentially the same as those struck down by a court in 2004.

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