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This week in the war on workers: How many more Americans could get overtime pay?

53 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

President Obama has told the Department of Labor to look at raising the overtime eligibility level for salaried workers. Currently, salaried workers making more than $455 per week are excluded from overtime protection, a ridiculously low level that's eroded dramatically over time. Show More Summary

Making It Rain On Them Hoes: 190 Dallas Strippers Granted $2.3 Million Settlement In Labor Dispute Lawsuit

Hoes be winnin’ Via ScoopBlog (Dallas News) On Christmas Eve, a U.S. district judge in Dallas left a little something extra under the tree for some 190 women who spent time dancing in an all-nude Northwest Dallas strip club: a

U.S. looks into retirement plans for employees at RadioShack

Company is the target of at least three related lawsuits and said that it has provided documents at the Labor Department's request

2014: When The Rental—Not "Sharing"—Economy Exploded

The year 2014 ushered in a new wave of what is often wrongly thought of as the “sharing economy.” It’s more accurately termed the Rental Economy—a collection of changes that have empowered anyone to loan out goods and labor at the touch...Show More Summary

MIT Students Build a Wooden Roller Coaster by Hand for Incoming Freshmen

yesterdayOdd : Laughing Squid

Students at MIT revived an old campus tradition by building a large wooden roller coaster by hand on campus for incoming freshman–who also served as the main labor force for construction. Much to the chagrin of the engineers behind the project, early plans for a large loop had to be scrapped for safety reasons. Unfortunately, […]

A.M. Links: NYC Politicians Not Interested in Exploiting Police Reform Movement Anymore, George H.W. Bush in Hospital, Game Networks Crash on Christmas

yesterdayNews : Reason

After the on-duty killing of two cops last weekend, politicians in New York City are no longer trying to attach themselves to the police reform movement that’s loosely centered itself around that city. Labor unions are courting immigrants...Show More Summary

Newspoll quarterly breakdowns: October-December

Newspoll's quarterly aggregations find South Australia leading the pack in a two-point shift to Labor from July-September to October-December.

Why the Staffing and Contingent Marketplace is Failing Procurement

Categories: Procurement, Services and Indirect, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Tags: PRO We recently started our analysis of the services procurement market by looking at the evidence showing how the staffing marketplace is failing procurement organizations. Show More Summary

Kwanzaa’s political roots

While taking the “best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism” — excluding, one hopes, mass murder, forced abortions, imprisonment of homosexuals and forced labor — Karenga said Kawaida practitioners believe one’s racial identity “determines...Show More Summary

If Only Mangers Were Mangier

Joe Kay wishes holiday crèches weren’t so idealized: If our manger scenes were realistic, Mary would be recovering from a painful labor full of sweat and blood, with a look on her face that’s anything but serene. And Joseph — wouldn’t he be a nervous wreck, too? His hand too shaky to hold a lantern? […]

Flight attendant, pilot strikes disrupt holiday week travel

'Tis the season for airline labor disputes. Flight attendants at British budget airline easyJet planned a strike Dec. 25 and 26, just in time to interfere with holiday travelers' plans. Luckily, the airline had no scheduled flights Thursday,...Show More Summary

Labor Disputes a Growing Threat to Social Stability in China, State-Backed Think Tank Says

Labor protests have swelled this year in frequency and scale, reversing a recent decline in social unrest and underscoring tensions over wages and benefits among China’s migrant workers, a top state-backed think tank said Wednesday.

Nintendo Plots Lobbyist Push to Take on Game Piracy

For intellectual property creators, the concept of piracy is one that chills the soul. It takes no small amount of labor to make a game or a movie or a book or anything else—believe me, I've written a few before—and the idea of someone...Show More Summary

It's Time for Holiday Sweets, Whether You Like Them or Not

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

NORWEGIAN KRUMKAKER Every December during my childhood, my mother enlisted me to labor in her Christmas cookie factory. Together, we'd make hundreds of cookies to give as gifts to friends. Our Christmas cookies did not involve mixed dough, an oven, or even sprinkles. Show More Summary

Growing Olives In Bushes Like Grapes For Automation

3 days agoOdd : FuturePundit

Check out this Techcrunch article on how an olive growing company has made the job simpler by aggressive pruning. By growing olives in rows, like wine grapes, California Olive Ranch has taken most of the human labor out of the harvest. Show More Summary

Remember Italian Hall: Where 73 Died On Christmas Eve

3 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

On Christmas Eve, 1913, 73 people died in a stampede after a false cry of Fire! at a children's Christmas party in northern Michigan. There was no fire and the event marked the turning point in a bitter labor dispute in a large mining community. Show More Summary

The Frozen River: A Humanist Sermon

Six years ago, this nation achieved a historic milestone when its people elected a black man to be their president. For a country that was sustained by slave labor for decades after its inception and riven by racism throughout its history, this is an almost unimaginable accomplishment. It’s not that Barack Obama promised to single-handedly [Read More...]

Chris Brown Burning The Candle At Both Ends: Set To Complete Probation In January

Chris Brown is sticking to a grueling schedule, playing shows while working hard to make a positive impression at his next court appearance. The TMZ reports that physical labor is the name of the game, with Chris regularly putting in...Show More Summary

Initial jobless claims fall to 280,000 in sign of strong labor market

Initial jobless claims fell last week to 280,000, continuing the positive momentum for the labor market as the year ends, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

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