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Alt Labor

Alt Labor

Alt Labor organizations, like the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, have long been known to be an outreach arm of organized labor. Operating in the background, they have continued to escape scrutiny of the rules and disclosure requirements that traditional...

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Gig Economy

Gig Economy

The increase in e-commerce and grocery delivery apps means that the gig workforce is making its way into the grocery industry. In fact, many grocers are bringing in on-demand labor not only to fill online orders, but also to stock shelves, build displays, and run...

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Union Pension Turmoil

Union Pension Turmoil

Yet another union pension plan is in jeopardy. The largest private coal mining company in the country, Murray Energy, is the eighth coal mining operation to seek bankruptcy protection. Their workforce is represented by the United Mine Workers, and Murray Energy was...

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Manufacturing/Industrial/Transport

Manufacturing/Industrial/Transport

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) got punched hard when a jury held the national union and Portland-based Local 8 responsible for $93.6 million in damages for instigating the dockworker slowdown at Port of Portland Terminal 6. The District Judge...

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Healthcare

Healthcare

Unionized nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Providence Health and Services, voted to strike after over a year of negotiations. At issue was Providence’s desire to end the current paid time off and sick leave policy, and allow the nurse to rely on...

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Minimum Rising

One of the most common arguments against an increased minimum wage is that it’s not actually going to accomplish what it is purportedly setting out to do. That is, achieve more overall income for low wage workers. That’s because while the minimum wage may increase,...

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