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The California Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Independent Contractors

<b>The California Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Independent Contractors</b><p>In the landmark decision of <i>Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles</i>, No. S222732 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Apr. 30, 2018), the California Supreme Court unanimously announced a new test for determining whether a worker is …

Employment

Gig workers could gain employee status with California Supreme Court ruling

Companies that want to classify their workers as contractors and avoid paying them wages and benefits that state law requires for employees must …

Employment

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary …

Trump's Labor Law Enforcer Freezes Worker-Friendly Reforms Made Under Obama

The National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel plans to take a much narrower view of worker rights than his predecessor, a new memo shows.<p>During the Barack Obama years, the National Labor Relations Board took a broad view of worker rights, expanding protections for employees who try to …

More than 1,000 Disney workers rally for higher wages - Orlando Rising

<b>Jose</b> and Nancy <b>Santiago</b> call the 30-cent raise Disney has offered union workers ridiculous.<p>The <b>Magic Kingdom</b> custodians each make $10.55 an hour after …

Hubble captures amazing view of Milky Way

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stars upon stars upon stars.<p>In a new image, the Hubble Space Telescope peers into the center of the Milky Way, showcasing the star cluster at the center.<p>According to NASA, the photo contains more than a half-million stars. The star cluster is the densest in the galaxy.<p>Much of the light cast …

In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California

In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that had thrown out tenure and other job protections for the state's public school teachers.<p>The case was being closely watched across the country by those who argue that allowing administrators to …

Education

Leaping Shark Slams Into Paddleboarder In Florida

Spinning sharks are common off the Sunshine State's coast. Flying marine beasts are not.<p>Our finned friends seem to be reclaiming the surf lineup -- one surfer at a time.<p>Just two weeks after a dolphin leapt out of a barreling wave mere feet in front of a surfer in Australia, another marine animal …

Circuit court judge strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law; state to appeal

Wisconsin's right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution.<p>Attorney General Brad Schimel, also a Republican, promised to appeal the decision and said he was confident it would not …

State Constitutions

Scalia’s death puts high-stakes union case in limbo

Justice Antonin Scalia died at a very high-stakes time in the Supreme Court’s docket.<p>The court had already heard a case concerning the …

Musicians Union Protests at Warner Bros. Over Non-Union Scoring on Lot

The AFM says that a third party, Cinema Scoring, held a non-union session on the lot, while the studio says it did nothing wrong.<p>The American …

The Entire Labor Movement Should Be Paying Attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been …

It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

<i>Humpback whales don't just sing songs — they compose</i> <i>with the whales around them, singing a song that evolves over time. Scientists didn't know that until they started recording whale sounds in the 1960s and spent years listening. The evolution of this "culture of listening" among researchers is the</i> …

Flute

Conservatives are trying to prove income inequality is a myth — and failing

As it becomes ever more clear that income inequality will be a defining issue in the upcoming presidential race--if not <i>the</i> defining issue--conservative economists and pundits are pulling out all the stops to persuade us that there's no there there.<p>The middle class, they say, has been doing just …

Paramedic Who Makes $15/hr. Destroys Every Complaint About Fast Food Workers Earning The Same Amount

The internet is a mighty tool. Occasionally, you come across a person’s perspective on an issue that is so spot on you just have to share it. A …

Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?

<i>This post first appeared at</i> TomDispatch.<p>(Photo: Ryan Bodenstein/flickr CC 2.0)<p>Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, …

Labor Department Joins War Against The Sharing Economy

The U.S. Department of Labor joined opponents of the “sharing economy” Wednesday in condemning the new use of contracting as a way to avoid paying …

35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined<p>While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem of extreme inequality, Bernie Sanders is the only candidate really hammering away at it. He has even blasted the …

Income inequality is making your life worse

AMERICANS are overwhelmingly concerned about income inequality, according to a New York Times poll released in June. Americans also overwhelmingly …

Obama proposal would make 5 million more eligible for OT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama …

GOP battles to defund work of Obama labor board

Congressional Republicans are using the power of the purse to do battle against a series of controversial labor regulations from the Obama …

How Walmart Persuades Its Workers Not to Unionize

America’s largest private employer cares a lot about preventing its workers from organizing, a leaked training video reveals.<p>One former Walmart store manager tells the story that after discovering a pro-union flyer in his store’s men’s room, he informed company headquarters and within 24 hours, an …

University of California

It's time we admitted it: To save this country, we need labor unions

We are at an economic crossroads. The economy is finally humming along, but we're seeing increasingly terrible working conditions, at both the high and low ends of the income ladder.<p>The economic problem of this generation in the United States is income inequality. The rich continue to get richer, …

Income Inequality

Organized Labor Should Spend the Rest of 2015 Training Workers How to Fight

While the labor movement is in some of its more dire straits in over a century, 2015 is also shaping up to be a big year for unions. The “Fight for …

Why Unions Matter

This year the Republican war on unions has returned with a vengeance. In former labor stronghold Illinois, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner is pursuing right-to-work legislation — which allows workers to gain the benefits of union representation without paying dues — and looks likely to succeed. Wisconsin …

Resurrection unionism — 5 ways labor can rise again

by David GoodnerThe Chicago teachers strike in 2012. (Flickr/Shutter Stutter)In a major blow to workers’ rights and economic equality, Wisconsin …

Why Workers Won’t Unite

Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?<p>Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement<p>By Thomas Geoghegan<p>New Press<p>The Age of Acquiescence: The …

Income Inequality