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AFL-CIO Stands with NFL Cheerleader and Oakland Raiderette Lacy T.

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Cheerleading for professional sports is more than sporting sparkly midriff-baring tops, white cowboy boots and zipping off to calendar shoots...it's a job. And it's demanding. 

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California Truckers Will Be Paid $2.2 Million in Misclassification Case

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Think Progress reports that Pacer Cartage, a California logistics company, is being ordered to pay more than $2.2 million in back pay to short-haul truck drivers it illegally misclassified as independent contractors. The California Labor Commissioner's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement says that the company knew or should have known that the drivers were employees and not contractors and Pacer is required to pay restitution, attorney's fees and interest.

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Want a Side Order of Wage Theft with Your Pizza? Call Domino's

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Say it ain't so, Domino's. On the heels of a $1.28 million settlement between a Domino's franchisee in New York City on Feb. 23, more Domino's franchise owners in New York state reached a settlement with drivers and pizza cooks for $448,000 for wage theft. The new settlement was announced by the state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman. Last week, Schneiderman also announced a roughly half-million-dollar settlement with a McDonald's franchise owner after employees made similar accusations.

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

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

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Class-Action Suit: McDonald's and Franchisees Accused of Wage Theft

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class-action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald's and the company's franchisees in three states, alleging various forms of wage theft at restaurants in California, Michigan and New York, Salon's Josh Eidelson reports. Among the accusations are stores not paying properly for overtime hours, workers being required to clean uniforms off the clock and employees being required to show up for work, but not allowed to clock in when business is slow.

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In the States Roundup

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Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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When We Win, We Win Together

Photo via Fe y Justicia Worker Center

This past Wednesday, after two years of neighborhood organizing, street actions, community forums, strategy meetings and justice buses led by the Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Houston workers won a historic Wage Theft Ordinance. The Houston City Council made history passing the first municipal ordinance cracking down on wage theft in Texas and only the second in a major metropolis in the U.S. South.

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Time to Vote Wage Theft Off the Island

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Here’s a reality the television networks aren’t likely to green-light for a prime-time slot like “Pawn Stars,” “Doomsday Preppers,” “The First 48,” or any other of the ubiquitous reality shows that fill up so much of today’s TV schedule. The writers and producers of many of these shows are plagued by long hours, misclassification and stolen wages that, according to a new survey, cost some $40 million a year industry-wide or about $30,000 a worker.     

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Up Late with Alec Baldwin and the Workers Defense Project

MSNBC’s new Friday late night show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” recently featured an in-depth interview with Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP). She explained the hardships and abuses immigrant workers face, especially undocumented construction workers in Texas, and some of the successes—such as the recent wage and job safety protections approved last month by the Austin City Council—WDP has seen.

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