May

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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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GOP backs down on “right to work” in two states

GOP state legislative leaders in Ohio and Missouri effectively stopped drives for so-called "right to work" laws in those legislatures.

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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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GOP could move to cripple Labor Board

The AFL-CIO called an emergency press conference May 14 to draw attention to what Richard Trumka, its president is describing as an "immediate crisis" for America's workers.

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Today in labor history: Western Federation of Miners founded

"The mine owners did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy, all the gold belonged to them!"

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Fast food wages equal “junk food money”

"Seven dollars and forty cents is junk food money - you have to fight for what is right."

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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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Administration brings GOP attacks on NLRB to Supreme Court

The NLRB and the Justice Department formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue of whether the courts can legally strip federal agencies of their power to do anything.

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Today in labor history: Labor of thousands completes first transcontinental railroad

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation's first transcontinental railway line was finished.

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