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Fifth NFL Cheerleader Wage Theft Suit Filed

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A former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader has filed suit against the team alleging it violated federal wage and other labor laws during the 2012-13 season she was employed by the NFL club.  Since January, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have filed similar "wage theft" suits, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Walmart on Trial: Workers Seek Justice

Walmart on Trial: Workers Seek Justice

ome 60 Walmart workers in 13 states whom the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleges were fired or disciplined for protesting workplace conditions and wages last year are a step closer to justice after the NLRB began its case against the retail giant Monday.

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Denver SuperShuttle Drivers Oppose 30% Pay Cut

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Airport drivers who work for SuperShuttle in Denver are fighting back against the threat of reduced wages and lost jobs. The long battle began 5 years ago when drivers attempted to organize for a voice on the job with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) after the company hired new drivers and reduced pay for existing employees. The situation recently heated up as the drivers say the company stopped bargaining with them and imposed a new contract that cuts wages by 30% and forces them to reapply for their jobs.

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Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Today, Human Rights Watch released a new report revealing child labor in U.S. tobacco fields throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where 90% of the country’s tobacco is grown.

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Arena Football Players Join AFL-CIO

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The Arena Football League Players Union (AFLPU) will join the AFL-CIO after its Board of Player Representatives voted unanimously to affiliate with the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the labor federation. The AFLPU, which began operations in 1987, now has 14 teams and is looking to expand into China. The union represents some 350 players, more than 90% of the league's players.

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Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Today in Santa Monica at Lionsgate headquarters, a group of musicians dropped off a petition with more than 12,000 signatures urging the production company, which benefits from taxpayer-funded film credits, to uphold industry standards and score their films in the United States, ensuring America's musicians are recording the music that makes movies come alive. 

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

It's been more than three years since producers and associate producers who write reality TV shows for the British-owned mega-corporation ITV Studios voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), but no progress has been made on contract negotiations that would offer health care and other basic benefits to freelance producers. 

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The Top 10 ‘Consequences’ of Unions on College Campuses

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Ever since the Northwestern football players’ fight to improve their playing conditions through union representation came across our radar, House Republicans seem downright fearful about the potential impact of unions on college campuses.

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Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

With more than a dozen local carwashes now unionized, Los Angeles workers are leading the way for union carwashes. The 133 new unionized carwasheros are represented by the United Steelworkers Local 675. The carwash owners where these employees work also have agreed by contract to comply with all labor, health and safety regulations and give their workers a 2% raise. Workers are now able to enforce these working standards by themselves through a grievance procedure. 

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Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

A new report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference, by Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, concludes that labor organizations still have a need for women-centered programs and committees. Female union members and the labor unions themselves still gain significant benefits from maintaining internal organizations and programs for women. Gray and Figueroa collected data from both national and local unions, as well as alt labor groups.  They found that such programs, even in female-dominant unions or those headed by women, increase women's union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining and help address issues like sexual harassment and pay inequality.

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