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Oklahoma Legislator Urges $10.50 Minimum Wage
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Oklahoma Legislator Urges $10.50 Minimum Wage

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Newly elected state Sen. George Young (D-Oklahoma City) says this might be the year his bill to raise Oklahoma’s minimum wage goes somewhere in the state legislature. The measure would increase it from $7.25 an hour, where it has been since 2009, to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. Young introduced similar measures during…

GM Becomes Leading Automaker in Mexico
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GM Becomes Leading Automaker in Mexico

DETROIT, Mich.—General Motors announced plans to close four U.S. factories just after it became the leading auto manufacturer in Mexico. The company increased production at its three Mexico assembly plants to more than 800,000 vehicles through November, 67,000 more than it did in the same period in 2017, while Nissan’s production at its four Mexican factories fell from 788,000 vehicles…

Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown
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Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown

WASHINGTON—Federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government’s partial shutdown will likely get back pay after it reopens—but the thousands of workers for federal contractors most likely won’t. “It is a cowardly disgrace,” SEIU 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa, said in a statement. The property-services union represents more than 2,000 federal workers…

L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms
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L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—With the United Teachers Los Angeles union planning to strike Jan. 10, the Los Angeles Unified School District has hired 400 “substitutes” to keep schools open. “We have hired substitutes, we have made plans as to alternate curriculums for days that there is a strike,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Dec. 27. “It is…

Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown
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Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Dec. 31, charging that it is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the 420,000 “essential” federal employees working despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. Another 380,000 have been furloughed because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept…

Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers
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Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Richard Bivona, the owner of Southampton Princess Diner (“Princess Diner”), and John Kalogeras, former manager of Princess Diner, were charged with failing to pay restaurant workers. Together, Bivona and Kalogeras misappropriated a total of over $132,000 from 23 workers. Bivona was sentenced to six months in jail. Bivona has been required to pay $88,428 to 15 workers…

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