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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

Ill. Judge Allows State to Break Contracts With Catholic Charities
Christian PostOctober 1, 2011

The state contracts, collectively worth $30 million, make up 80 percent of its foster care budget. However, the state of Illinois has chosen, since the June 1 enactment of the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, to direct the money and ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Commentary: The Dream of a Post-Racial America Is a Cop Out
BETOctober 5, 2011

Forget about the so-called under-qualified “affirmative action” hires and students, the real problem is America's desire to put a quick fix on racism. By Naeesa Aziz When murmurs about an impending post-racial America began percolating after President ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Supreme Court to take up health reform, immigration, profanity and more
89.3 KPCCOctober 3, 2011

A bigger headline case will test Arizona's power in enacting its controversial immigration law, SB 1070. Can states such as Arizona and Alabama adopt their own enforcement schemes or does the federal government have exclusive control? ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Yes on C campaign blasts Adachi for parroting Scott Walker
SFGate.com (blog)October 5, 2011

Scott Walker, a Republican who signed a law this year dramatically curbing workers' collective bargaining rights in that state. (Funnily enough, the ad shows up on You Tube with a lot of videos of the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Kane court security personnel fighting for pay raise
Chicago Daily HeraldOctober 2, 2011

Union lawyers argued that the court security workers, who carry guns, transport defendants and take people into custody, have a no-strike clause in their contract and therefore must receive alternative remedies to settle labor disputes, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Federal disability benefits could end for as many as 700 resident immigrants
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 1, 2011

The total number of state residents affected by the cutoff of Social Security disability benefits will grow to more than 700, said Immigrant Law Center executive director John Keller. The recipients are not US citizens, and had been granted benefits ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Federal panel sues over firing based on disability
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

"Once she focused on my hand, all she could see was my disability instead of my abilities," Sanders said in a statement released by the commission. EEOC attorney Evangelina Hernandez said the law requires equal treatment for job applicants with ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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The Middle Ages: After 20 years, Anita Hill's courage is undimmed
Hanford SentinelOctober 22, 2011

Complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace increased by 50 percent in 1991 and doubled in the five years after. (Not coincidentally, five women were elected to the Senate in 1992, more than tripling its female ranks). Anita Hill's testimony is ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Scores of Wis. school unions to try to recertify
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOctober 1, 2011

It also requires unions without existing contracts to hold so-called recertification elections to determine if they can formally represent their members in salary negotiations. Friday was the deadline for school employee unions to tell the state they ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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The SF Mayoral Race: Wilma Pang
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)October 5, 2011

PANG: I don't think that's an issue because in Chinatown there are some undocumented workers. You really need them. You can't fill the lower-paying jobs with citizens. With picking strawberries, you really need people to do it. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Wrongful termination suit against LGC dismissed
Seacoastonline.comOctober 6, 2011

The suit was filed by 20-year LGC employee Donetta Haley who alleged age and gender discrimination, invasion of privacy, wrongful termination and violations of the Americans with Disabilities and Family Medical Leave acts. Her Portsmouth attorney ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Waiting continues
Amarillo.comOctober 1, 2011

An unfair labor practice complaint filed by United Auto Workers Local 317 in July will be sent to Washington, DC, for further review, said Martha Kinard, the agency's Fort Worth-based regional director. The complaint alleges Bell aimed to break the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Judge opens Bustamante's personnel file
Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsOctober 4, 2011

Stegner had been charged with resolving a question of Idaho public records law as it relates to the release of personnel information for a former public official and whether language in one statute extends to the dead. The university filed an action ...more »

Labor costs not worth the mediocre results in Neshaminy
phillyBurbs.comOctober 3, 2011

Let's stipulate, teachers' unions provide zero value to education and in our case, they are a huge negative. Union bosses speak for members. A few teachers, albeit cautiously and without facts, occasionally talk honestly about the contract impasse. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Judge: New FDNY Hiring Practices Don't Go Far Enough
NY1October 1, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is once again feeling the heat from a federal judge over its hiring practices. Judge Nicholas Garaufis says despite progress on diversity in recent recruiting, the department hasn't done enough to reverse ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Scott Cole & Associates Announces Update for Class Action Lawsuit Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

In immediate reaction to these events, the plaintiff's attorneys at Scott Cole & Associates amended the Complaint today to allege a wrongful termination and invasion of privacy claim. "If Guitar Center thinks it can send a message to its workers that ...more »

Government Employees
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BC Place workers vote in favour of strike action
Vancouver SunOctober 3, 2011

The vote took place last week, and the tally was announced by the BC Government and Service Employee's Union (BCGEU) this morning. Today's decision won't lead to immediate job action, but the employees have approved a 90-day window within which a ...more »

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