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They’re Evadin’ It: Feds Say McDonald’s Is Responsible for Labor Practices

July 31, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

McDonald’s can’t evade unfair-labor-practice charges by claiming that the workers who complain are actually employed by its franchises, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel declared July 29.

Lyft Agrees to Comply with NYS Regulations

July 31, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an agreement with Lyft. Lyft has agreed to operate in New York State in full compliance with existing laws and regulations. The company will launch in New York City with commercial drivers only and will operate in a manner that is consistent with existing laws and regulations.

The Power of Unions — British Public Sector Workers Stage Strike!

July 31, 2014
By Christopher Balchin

On July 10, more than one million firefighters, teachers, civil servants, sanitation workers, and other public sector workers, representing six major unions in the UK, held a one day strike, closing hundreds of schools, libraries, and museums, reducing activities at many government buildings and airports, and disrupting sanitation collection.

NYC Small Business Initiative Reduces Regulatory Burdens

July 28, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The New York City Small Business First initiative led by the Mayor’s Office of Operations  has been set up to improve the regulatory climate in New York City and help businesses avoid penalties and fines. Through simplification, collaboration, and education, Small Business First will help small businesses comply with the City's rules and regulations.

AFGE Fights for $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage

July 28, 2014
Stephanie West

Washington, DC - This month, members of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) voted on an AFGE proposal to extend to federal hourly workers the same $10.10/hour minimum wage that President Obama has provided for new federal contractors. Although a large majority of both blue and white collar federal employees already make more than this amount, there are some federal workers who make as little as $8-$9 per hour. 

APWU Boycott of Staples Continues

July 25, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington DC -  Last fall, the United States Postal Service announced a no-bid sweetheart deal for a “pilot project” to open postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores. In response to the USPS union busting strategy, the American Postal Workers Union along with members of many other labor and community organizations have protested at Staples stores and postal facilities at dozens of locations across the country since January.

The Meaning of Markets

July 25, 2014
Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

Those who oppose regulations of any type, including mandates to pay workers a specified minimum wage, often invoke the language of free markets. In a market economy, the argument goes, individuals should be free to enter into transactions, whether it be for the purchase of goods and services or labor services.

AFSCME Convention Highlights Organizing

July 24, 2014
By Stephanie West

Chicago, IL - Under the banner, "Bold, Brave, and Determined," over 4000 members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees discussed the impact of recent attacks on public sector unions at their International Convention. The event took place in Chicago July 14-18. The AFSCME delegates represented locals throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


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