Labor News

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California launches innovative plan to expand voter registration

California's Secretary of State is designating the state's new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act.

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Split Senate panel OKs Obama NLRB nominees

In split votes, the Senate Labor Committee approved President Obama's five nominees - three Democrats and two Republicans - for seats on the National Labor Relations Board.

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Second court further limits Obama recess appointments

A second federal appeals court further limited President Obama's power to make "recess appointments" to the NLRB when the Senate is out of session.

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Today in labor history: Homestead Act signed, for good and bad

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement of Native Americans.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Board of Education

On this day in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

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On minimum wage, it's peanut butter OR jelly

Minnesota is one of several states that aren't waiting for the dysfunctional U.S. Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 hourly.

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Workers have right to union rep before taking drug test

Ralph's fired Razi in 2011 when he refused to take a drug test - which the union contract allows - without having the chance to consult with his union rep first.

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Appeals court tosses NLRB’s workers rights poster rule

This was yet another victory for big business handed down by GOP-named judges.

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Analysts say bill would extend labor law protection to immigrants

A close reading of the draft comprehensive immigration reform bill discloses provisions to bring undocumented workers under labor law coverage.

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Today in labor history: Big Bill Haywood tried for murder

On this day in 1907, union organizer Big Bill Haywood went on trial accused of an explosion that resulted in the death of Frank Steunenberg.

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