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Pay and Unionizing Erupt as Issues at Calif. Port Strikes

Pay and Unionizing Erupt as Issues at Calif. Port Strikes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike Monday. The impact on the movement of cargo around the sprawling port complex, the main gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of [...]
Mass. Domestic Workers Gain Protections With Rights BillAn estimated 67,000 care workers in Massachusetts will have a host of labor safeguards starting next year, following a new bill of rights that Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law in late June. The protections include ones that many people in the workforce take for granted. But nannies, housekeepers and home and care workers are [...]
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In Mass., 600,000 Workers to Get New Hourly Wage of $11An estimated 600,000 workers in Massachusetts will see their hourly pay increase from $8 to $11 in the next three years, thanks to a new law signed on June 26 by Gov. Deval Patrick. With support from organized labor, business leaders and advocates for workers, Patrick gave his approval to Senate Bill 2195, which provides [...]
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Thousands of Hourly Workers at Ikea to Get Higher WagesNEW YORK (AP) — Ikea’s U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition. The 17 percent average raise, expected to be announced Thursday, is the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain’s biggest in 10 years in the U.S. [...]
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In Terms of Pay, Which U.S. Workers are Getting Raises?NEW YORK (AP) — If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry. Historically, at this stage in the economy’s recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, [...]
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Residents in Texas: Wage Theft Hurts Working FamiliesWhen President Obama begins the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, attendees should ask if the leader of our country will actually try to “better support working” people by combating wage theft, which is when earnings are owed but employers withhold or deny them. It is one of the most common labor [...]
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Civil Rights Order to Protect About 14M LGBT WorkersWASHINGTON (AP) — After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.  While Obama lacks the authority to extend that protection to all Americans, the [...]
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Will San Francisco be Next to Approve a $15 Hourly Wage?  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.  The mayor, city supervisors and business and labor leaders announced on Tuesday that they had reached a deal on a ballot measure for the increase. “I can’t tell you how [...]
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Lawsuit Says Seattle’s $15 Hourly Wage Hurts CommerceSEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least [...]
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Seattle Approves $15 Hourly Wage – to be U.S. HighestThe Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation. The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15
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