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Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

When you pay a financial adviser to help you invest your hard-earned retirement savings, you would assume that they would be required, by law, to have your best interests at heart. But because of loopholes in the rules, advisers can get away with not only putting their own financial interests above that of their clients, but also allows them to take incentives from Wall Street firms to recommend investments that drain funds from ordinary Americans’ retirement accounts through hidden fees and lower returns. The White House Council of Economic Advisers says this costs us $17 billion a year.

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Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

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

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School’s Out but Teachers Are Organizing in Allegheny County

Adjuncts Luke Niebler, Jennie Snyder and Gene Marsh outside the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing room after the final vote count

For teachers, summer is typically sloooooooow, a much-needed break after wearing the multiple hats of social worker, soccer coach and career counselor all year long. Not so for adjuncts, who take off their hats and grab their aprons. Luke Niebler, an adjunct from the English department at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pennsylvania, said, “Summers are rough. I have an interview at Whole Foods to help make ends meet.” Adjuncts get no guarantee of summer employment and scramble when their classes get canceled last minute. Hence many turn to the service sector to supplement their meager incomes and lack of job security, which is like having to shoot yourself in the foot...twice.

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Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Imprisoned Swazi human rights leader Mario Masuku and student activist Maxwell Dlamini were granted bail today by the Supreme Court of Swaziland, according to the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). The two were charged with terrorism and jailed in May 2014 for slogans they allegedly shouted at a May Day rally.

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Papa John's Franchise Ordered to Pay $800,000 in Wage Theft Case

Photo courtesy Kiran SRK on Flickr

Papa John's, a pizza company not exactly known for their worker-friendly policies, may be the target of legal action after a franchisee in New York was ordered by a state judge to pay nearly $800,000 after being accused of underpaying employees and failing to pay them overtime. Emstar Pizza, which owns seven Papa John's stores, was sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly underreporting hours worked by employees and rounding workers' hours down to the nearest hour, as well as not paying overtime to workers who earned it. Schneiderman said he is considering pursuing action against Papa John's as well.

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Big News to Report on the CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

Big News to Report on the CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

After continued pressure from you and tens of thousands of people across the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could finally be voting on implementing a rule requiring big companies to reveal their CEO-to-worker pay ratios as early as August.

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New York Bike Workers Agree to Industry's First-Ever Union Contract

New York Bike Workers Agree to Industry's First-Ever Union Contract

Workers for Citi Bike in New York, represented by Transport Workers (TWU) Local 100, have agreed to terms on the first-ever union contract for bike share workers in North America. The union's board voted unanimously in favor of the agreement with NYC Bike Share-Motivate, which owns Citi Bike. Some 200 workers for the company will see hourly wages rise by more than 20% over five years and will receive numerous other improvements to their working situation once the contract goes into effect.

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We Have a Better Suggestion for Jeb: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Rolling Stone: America's Top Union Leader Just Destroyed Scott Walker in Six Words

Rolling Stone: America's Top Union Leader Just Destroyed Scott Walker in Six Words

Rolling Stone magazine published a piece yesterday summing up AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's earlier statement about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's expected entry into the Republican presidential primary: America's Top Union Leader Just Destroyed Scott Walker in Six Words

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About to Announce for President, Scott Walker Is Trying to Take Away Your Weekends

After decades of fighting, unions lead the charge to enact fair labor standards and the eventual creation of, what many commonly refer to as, “the weekend.” For those unfamiliar, America's workers love our weekends. We use that time to relax from an exhausting workweek, mow the lawn, do the laundry, binge-watch Netflix and cook up some barbecue—among other national pastimes.

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