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Obama Expands Labor Rights in Federal Contracts

Obama Expands Labor Rights in Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only [...]
House Skips Votes on Immigration Crisis, DeportationsWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress’ final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his [...]
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McDonald’s Could be Liable for Franchise ConditionsNEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world’s biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald’s [...]
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A Policy Win: Higher Wages for San Diego WorkersFor Biviana Lagunas, life in San Diego can be stressful. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. An hour later, she starts her $9 hourly job as a cashier at San Diego State University, where she studies full time. By 2 p.m., her classes are underway and they end five hours later. In the [...]
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Work Permits for the Undocumented? It’s an OptionWASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale [...]
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House Neglects Poor Families in Child Tax Credit BillWASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are [...]
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Fast-Food Workers: ‘Whatever it Takes’ for a Living WageVILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of [...]
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Early Release Idea Approved for Federal InmatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted on July 18 that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, [...]
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Mentors to Join Boys of Color InitiativeWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his “My Brother’s Keeper” program. Obama, who first announced his initiative in February, said Monday [...]
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Child Success Hinges on Efforts by All, Report SaysALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve. Mississippi rated as the worst state for overall child well-being, largely because of rising [...]
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