October 18, 2017 AFL-CIO Suspects Student-Loan Company of Insider Trading

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO has asked the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether the purchase of more than 870,000 shares in student-loan servicer Navient Corp. involved insider trading.

October 18, 2017 California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires

Sooma, Calif.—Hundreds of the men and women risking their lives to battle the massive, fast-moving wildfires devastating Northern California are being paid only $10.50 an hour for it—the state’s minimum wage. Under International Association of Firefighters Local 2881’s contract with “Cal Fire,” the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entry-level first responders get the...

October 18, 2017 Rodriguez Calls for Law to Increase Yellow Cabs

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With plummeting medallion values threatening hundreds of yellow-cab owners with bankruptcy, City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez is introducing a bill that would let owners operate two taxis off one medallion.

October 18, 2017 Syracuse International Airport Upgraded

Syracuse, NY – The first phase of a $48.8 million construction project to transform Syracuse Hancock International Airport into a modern-day facility has begun. The project includes a reconstruction of the terminal building  increasing the facility to 14,500 square feet. Construction is scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2018. 

October 17, 2017 Spirit of the Law: Employers May Win the Right to Force Arbitration of All Employee Disputes

The Supreme Court as expected did not indicate which way it will come out when it heard oral arguments on October 2 in the most important case of the year for non-unionized workers.  (See my Sept. 18 and 30, 2017 columns.)  The four Democratic justices’ questioning of the lawyers revealed that they will support the...

October 16, 2017 Billionaire Bezos to Guild: Gimme Givebacks; Plus, Why is Saving Ca. a Minimum Wage Job?

WASHINGTON―Multibillionaire Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is demanding major givebacks in contract talks with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.

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