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App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights
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App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash have gotten an initiative on the November state ballot that would redefine their taxi drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors instead of employees, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced July 1. The Proposition 22 initiative would exempt app-based drivers from Assembly Bill 5, the state law enacted last fall…

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council…

Rope Found In Bubba Wallace’s Garage Was Not a Noose, FBI Finds
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Rope Found In Bubba Wallace’s Garage Was Not a Noose, FBI Finds

ALABAMA – Law enforcement officials in Alabama have concluded their investigation into the rope found at the Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday, and have determined that it was not a noose that was found in the garage recently assigned to Bubba Wallace — the lone full-time Black NASCAR driver. Wallace is in his third season driving…

$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says
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$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says

WASHINGTON—Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in federal aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared this month. Speaking on a June 18, telephone press conference organized by the union, he said about 1.6 million public-sector workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19…

No Dice: Union Representing Casino Workers Says Masks Must be Mandatory As COVID-19 Cases Soar Out West
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No Dice: Union Representing Casino Workers Says Masks Must be Mandatory As COVID-19 Cases Soar Out West

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Nevada’s casinos began reopening early this month, with the state Gaming Control Board requiring that customers wear masks during card and table games where they’re sitting with a dealer. That’s not anywhere near enough, say the unions representing casino workers. “That’s great for the dealer, but what about the bartender or the cocktail…

More Women Come Forward Alleging  ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s
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More Women Come Forward Alleging ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s

New York, NY – Two more women who were teenagers when they worked at a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan added their names to a growing class action sexual harassment lawsuit that was first filed last fall.  In November, the ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of former McDonald’s worker Jenna Ries and a class of…

Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’  For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,…

Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too
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Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too

WASHINGTON—In a landmark 6-3 decision June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s ban on employment discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation and gender identity. “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, joined…

Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19
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Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19

WASHINGTON—One day after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. passed 2 million, the nation’s second most powerful court denied the AFL-CIO’s petition to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue emergency safety rules to protect workers from being exposed to the virus. In a one-paragraph ruling issued June 11, a…

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