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Supreme Court Rules That Companies Don't Have to Compensate Workers for Required Time at Work

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Using logic so tortured that Dick Cheney would approve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that companies didn't have to compensate workers for required security checkpoint waits that take as long as 30 minutes a day to complete. The ruling overturned a federal appeals court decision from 2013, which held that workers at a warehouse that provides services for Amazon.com should be compensated for the time they were required to go through security checkpoints whose purpose was to prevent employee theft. The workers don't work directly for Amazon but are hired by Integrity Staffing Solutions. The outcome of the case is likely to affect workers at other companies, such as Apple and CVS, who are currently engaged in similar lawsuits.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has released important research about the economy in the last few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces it has uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Where Is the Media on TPP?

Over at Campaign for America's Future, Dave Johnson takes a look at the secret negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a potentially very dangerous piece of legislation that could have devastating effects on working families. He notes that corporate-owned media is engaging in almost a total blackout on the story, failing once again to represent the people and allowing extreme corporate interests the freedom to run roughshod over workers in the United States and abroad.

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Organize to Create New Jobs, Secure Scheduling Reform

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Each year on Dec. 10, the global community marks International Human Rights Day, anchored in the founding document of the United Nations, which asserts that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights. 

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Republican Lawmakers Fight for Last-Minute Gift to Big Banks

If Republican lawmakers have their way, one of the final acts of the 113th Congress will be to make it easier for big banks to gamble with taxpayers’ money.

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Three Ways to Raise Wages

Three Ways to Raise Wages

For a lot of working people, this holiday season will be one of belt-tightening rather than shopping sprees. Let’s face it, our wages just aren’t keeping up the way they used to. Here’s a fact: Average income for the least rich 90% of us has been flat since the 1970s, although people are working more hours. Not a recipe for a holiday-buying bonanza.

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Help Save Christmas for the Children of Striking FairPoint Workers

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When the IBEW and CWA workers said they were about to go on strike against FairPoint Communications, I knew they were in for a long fight. The decision to walk is not an easy one. Workers weigh the decision to walk against their personal financial situation. How long can we afford to go without pay?

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Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Today is International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the prime movers behind the declaration was Eleanor Roosevelt. As Mary Jo Binker and Brigid O’Farrell write on the History News Network that was just one piece of her long post-White House, progressive—and pro-union—activist life after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1945 death. Something they say was glossed over in the recent Ken Burns series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

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