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No More Passing the Buck in California: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy One Way Stock on Flickr

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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California Passes Paid Sick Days Law but Home Health Care Workers Left Out

Infographic via ThinkProgress

Six and a half million California workers will now have access to paid sick days, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Workers will be able to earn three paid sick days a year. Unfortunately, home care workers were excluded from the final bill. 

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Court Rules That Those People Working for FedEx Are, in Fact, FedEx Employees

Photo courtesy Crystian Cruz on Flickr

Let's pose a hypothetical situation. You're sitting at home and a truck pulls up outside. On the side of the truck, it says FedEx. The driver who gets out is wearing a hat that says "FedEx" and a shirt that says "FedEx." She walks up to your front door, rings the bell and has you sign a FedEx clipboard scanner thing. She hands you a package with FedEx printed on the box. You ask the delivery driver about her job and she tells you that FedEx controls virtually every aspect of her workday, including her appearance, the way the truck looks, the areas she delivers to and the hours she works. You get the idea. 

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Burger King's Latest Whopper, Tax Inversion: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

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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That's Not Funny: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

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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Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Mass Incarceration and Asian and Pacific Islanders

The "model minority" myth concerning Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) doesn't represent the reality of AAPIs' lives, a panel of activists told an audience at AFL-CIO headquarters on Wednesday. In fact, this myth harms AAPIs by preventing creation of services and infrastructure to help alleviate the problems faced by the community that contribute to mass incarceration.

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Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Last weekend, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance Work Boots on the Ground project brought together more than 100 volunteers to help restore the wildlife and recreational coastal wetlands at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif. The crews included skilled union trade workers, adults and youth from the community. They worked on a one-mile stretch of the trail, pulling invasive weeds, repairing wood and metal fencing and removing graffiti. Bolsa Chica contains more than 500 acres of wildlife habitat and is vital for ducks and migratory birds.

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

By Stasiland/Flickr

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

Photo courtesy Californiagal22 on Flickr

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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California Senate Moves to Protect Foreign Workers

Photo courtesy America 2050

In a major step toward protecting migrant workers recruited through foreign labor contractors, the California Senate on Thursday voted 34-0 to approve a bill that would put limits on the worst forms of coercion associated with international labor recruitment. Regardless of visa status, migrant workers face disturbingly common patterns of abuse in the recruitment process.

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