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Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Workers gained new protections in Silicon Valley on March 21 when the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to allow food and building service workers to keep their jobs for an extended period after a company changes how it handles their work. Under the new ordinance, larger companies will retain janitors, food service workers, security guards […]

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Workers won what they are calling a “monumental change” Aug. 12, when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that will ensure an estimated 35,000 domestic workers are paid the prevailing minimum wage, earn time off and gain other basic workplace rights. The victory caps a five-year grassroots campaign to gain protections for house […]

Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.— On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept […]

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

SEATTLE (AP) — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly. Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. Evidence of […]

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