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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…

Protecting NYC Workers: How Cities Can and Should Fill the Gap
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Protecting NYC Workers: How Cities Can and Should Fill the Gap

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is committed to making sure that all New Yorkers are protected by workplace laws – including minimum wage, overtime, and paid safe and sick leave to ensure they are being paid for their hard work and can achieve financial stability. In reality, very little has changed in workplace protections…

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…

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