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Demand for “Sweatshop-Free” Tomatoes Grows

Demand for “Sweatshop-Free” Tomatoes Grows

  The brutal mistreatment of workers who pick tomatoes in Mexico was the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times investigation. Suppliers for major U.S. grocery chains, including Walmart and Whole Foods, were among those named in the series.  The revelations come at a time when an increasing number of retailers are responding to consumer [...]
No Tips at Restaurant? Yup. Pay is $13, Plus Health CarePHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: “Tipping is not necessary.” That’s food for thought in an industry where servers depend on gratuities for the bulk of their pay. Yet staff at the French-inspired restaurant earn about $13 [...]
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McDonald’s Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit in Va.Some McDonald’s workers who say they were fired because of their race are suing the fast-food giant, accusing it of dodging responsibility for the discrimination and harassment they say they endured.  The workers said in a federal complaint filed Thursday that about 15 African-American employees of some southern Virginia restaurants run by Soweva Co. were [...]
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Hourly Wage Debate Shifts to NYC’s Tipped WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — In more than a decade slinging drinks, bartender Autumn Alston has depended on tips to earn a living, leading to an often-inconsistent income from some customers who tip a lot, some who stiff and a few who make cringe-inducing suggestions. “There was a time when a guy was like, ‘If you [...]
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Paid Sick and Family Leave Returns to U.S. DebateBALTIMORE (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress. “Forty-three million Americans do not get paid sick leave,” [...]
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Wage Earners Battle a New Barrier: Non-Compete ClausesATLANTA (AP) — Fast food worker Caitlin Turowski had this much in common with high-paid CEOs: When she quit her job, she couldn’t work for a competitor. Hired as a delivery driver for sandwich maker Jimmy John’s and later made an assistant manager, Turowski said she signed a two-year non-competition agreement banning her from working [...]
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Wage Boost for Some Care Workers is Nixed by Judge  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in December struck down Labor Department regulations that would have meant higher pay for some home health care workers.  U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled on Dec. 22 that part of the rules approved in 2013 conflict with federal law that has long exempted third-party providers of in-home [...]
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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 [...]
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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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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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