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Federal Money to Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Would Be Prize for Unions

By Kevin Dayton, Union Watch Fairly or not, news media has recently brought negative public attention to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a $2.2 billion thermal solar power plant built under a union Project Labor Agreement in California’s Mojave Desert.

What Whole Foods Employees Think of the Company's "Values"

Whole Foods has just launched its first national advertising campaign, featuring the slogan "Values Matter." It emphasizes not just quality food, but also the company's "fair labor practices." How do Whole Foods employees feel on that point? Read more...

Tech Underbelly: Indentured Servitude and Bonded Labor in the US

A labor collusion pact with the aim of suppressing pay levels among Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pixar, and others, demonstrated that the idea that Silicon Valley plays fairly is an illusion. But even more unsavory abuses occur further down the food chain. Show More Summary

Timely Compliance With Home-Care Rule Needs Year-End Effort

By Christine Pulfrey, Bloomberg BNA Enforcement of a final rule that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, to extend Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and overtime protections to certain direct-care workers is to be delayed, but employers should not hesitate to ensure timely compliance with the rule's minimum-wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

Hot Goods and Economic Duress: Part II

Is there a valid economic-duress objection to the US Department of Labor’s exercise of “hot goods” authority under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? Earlier this year, in Perez v. Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC, a federal district court in Oregon...

Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies

Ilya Shapiro Under the Bush administration, the Labor Department interpreted a piece of the Fair Labor Standards Act as exempting mortgage-loan officers from eligibility for overtime pay. The Obama Labor Department didn’t see the law...Show More Summary

Hot Goods and Economic Duress: Part I

Is there a valid economic-duress objection to the US Department of Labor’s exercise of “hot goods” authority under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? Under FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §§ 212(a), 215(a)(1), the US Department of Labor (DOL) can go to...

Jennifer Lawrence: 'Sex crime' victim or in need of a reality check?

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Jennifer Lawrence finally broke her silence on the photo hack that revealed private and nude photos of the young actress over Labor Day weekend. "It is not a scandal," she said of the hack in an interview with Vanity Fair. "It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation."

Jennifer Lawrence on Phone Hacking: ‘It Is Not a Scandal. It Is a Sex Crime.’

Apart from a brief statement from her spokeswoman, Jennifer Lawrence has refrained from publicly addressing her nude photo hack over Labor Day weekend. That changes with this month's Vanity Fair cover story, in which Lawrence has strong words for the hackers who stole her photos, the web sites who spread... More »

Cedar Fair Yield Is Attractive For A Reason

By Crunching Numbers: Early last month Cedar Fair LP (NYSE:FUN) reported that attendance through Labor Day had fallen short of expectations, and as a result, lowered both its revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the second time this year. Show More Summary

House Subcommittee Questions Department of Labor’s Enforcement of “Hot Goods” Provision

The National Law Review The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture recently held a hearing to address growing concerns that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is using the "hot goods" provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural products.

State, local laws force public employees to pay labor unions

By Jason Hart, Watchdog.org Taxpayer money goes to mandatory labor union “fair share” or “agency” fees in Washington, D.C,. and 23 states.

Mayor Murray and Council Member Licata Announce New City Office of Labor Standards

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

AM Ed Murray and Nick Licata make wage-law enforcement officially official. This is all fairly straightforward, but for anyone who's been following the minimum-wage debate closely, you've been waiting with bated breath for this moment:...Show More Summary

Missing in the American Media: Working People

Working Americans are woefully underrepresented in our mainstream media. A ccording to an analysis by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the media watchdog group, so far this year “not a single representative of a labor union”...Show More Summary

Gallup Poll Shows Public Doesn’t Buy Unions’ “Fair Share” Argument

For each Labor Day, Gallup runs a poll on Americans’ attitude towards labor unions. This year’s edition didn’t supply any surprises, except this time Gallup asked specifically about right-to-work laws. Most pollsters would stop right there, but Gallup also tested the arguments of both sides about right-to-work laws. The popularity of right-to-work laws may be […]

Biden Wore What Seems To Be A Shirt From One Of Wall Street's Favorite Golf Clubs While Talking To Detroit Workers About Fair Wage

Vice President Joe Biden sported a super fancy Hamptons golf club shirt while talking to workers in Detroit, Michigan about fair wage on Labor Day. Biden's blue polo shirt had what appears to be The Sebonack Golf Club logo (You can check out some examples on eBay). Show More Summary

Clown fired from fair over racist comments

Racism is no laughing matter. A clown at the Memphis Delta Fair lost his job after allegedly taunting an African-American family from Atoka, Tenn., with racial epithets on Labor Day.

Biden Celebrates Labor Day With Call For ‘Fair Wage’

A job's about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about your dignity, it's about your place in the community, it's about who you are."

Happy Labor Day Weekend: Eat!

It’s the end of summer and time to contemplate, if not visit, State Fairs selling increasingly imaginative deep-fried treats.  Apparently, deep-fried Oreos and deep-fried butter are so last year. The Wall Street Journal tells us that the Great New York State Fair—in Syracuse, right now—has a better one: “Twinks.” And what, pray tell, is a Twink? The […]

Obama returns to minimum wage focus for Labor Day weekend address

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

To build a stronger middle class in today’s changing economy, we’ve got to keep fighting. We’ve got to fight for the right to affordable health insurance for everybody. The right to fair pay, family leave, and workplace flexibility.Show More Summary

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