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Rights of McDonald’s Workers Violated, Labor Board Says

Rights of McDonald’s Workers Violated, Labor Board Says

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board issued complaints on Dec. 19 against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees over worker rights. The board’s chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March [...]
Silicon Valley County Passes $19.06 Wage for Contractors  Santa Clara County – which covers much of Silicon Valley – took a major policy step on Dec. 16 regarding the living wage for contractors by lifting the hourly pay to $19.06 and approving paid sick leave for them, according to Working Partnerships USA. The dollar amount – which supporters are calling “the nation’s [...]
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DREAMers in Ariz. Win Right to Driver’s Licenses  Thousands of young immigrants in Arizona can now receive driver’s licenses and state identification documents following a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked a request from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The news set off a round of celebratory statements from immigrants and their supporters, [...]
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Cities Launch Effort to Increase Citizenship  Naturalization can increase an immigrant’s income by up to 11 percent, which can boost the economy through more tax dollars and spending, according to a 2014 report by The Center for Popular Democracy, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the National Partnership for New Americans.  Applying for citizenship takes time [...]
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Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining  The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently.  The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community [...]
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Texas to Have Largest Family Immigration Facility  DILLEY, Texas (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a former oil field workers’ camp in rural South Texas that’s being converted into the nation’s largest family immigration detention center, as federal authorities brace for the possibility that mothers and children may again come pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border without documents.  Homeland Security [...]
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Kansas City Leaders ‘Ban the Box’ on Govt. Job Applications  Another U.S. metropolitan area has decided to “ban the box” on most government job applications, which supporters say will give people who were incarcerated a better chance at securing employment because they will not face automatic disqualification.  The policy change in Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County received strong support from religious leaders in [...]
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Chicago Groups and Police Receive Honors for Cooperation  As protesters continue to clash with police over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two grassroots organizations in Chicago were honored on Dec. 11 for working closely with the city’s law enforcement officials to reduce youth violence and improve neighborhood relations.  Enlace Chicago, the North Lawndale Employment Network and the Chicago Police [...]
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Is the Potato Now Political in Food Program for the Poor?  WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s another political victory for the popular potato. For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC. The potato provision is part of a massive spending bill Congress approved on Thursday. [...]
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Wages Fail to Keep Pace With Living Costs in Wash. State  How much money do you need to earn to make ends meet without relying on public assistance? A new study shows that in the state of Washington, the cost of basic needs is rising faster than wages, increasing pressure on low-income families.  The cost of basic needs increased 10 percent on average for four-person [...]
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