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Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...more »

California Hunger Strike Centers On Jail Within A Jail
Neon TommyOctober 1, 2011

... confined inmates feel perpetuate gang killings within prison walls: The prisoners are refusing food to protest what have been characterized by human rights groups as torturous conditions in California's Securing Housing Units (SHUs) at Pelican Bay, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Probable Supreme Court Case Based On Widely Debated Issue
The CandorOctober 12, 2011

According to NPR.org, one topic that could be scheduled for a hearing is affirmative action. This has been a very controversial issue since the late 1970s. The Obama administration has shown support for the law of affirmative action while GOP ...more »

Government Employees
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Analysis: New plans may not save public pensions
ReutersOctober 3, 2011

According to the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the next two years will see "modest growth" in hybrid plans that combine elements of the defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Around 5 percent of public entities ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Safety Issues Drive Anti-Issue 2 Tour
Youngstown Business JournalOctober 7, 2011

Issue 2 is the statewide referendum on Senate Bill 5, legislation passed by the state General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich that limits collective bargaining rights for public workers in Ohio. We Are Ohio, the coalition of Democrats, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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LETTER: Immigration solution
San Angelo Standard TimesOctober 1, 2011

Immigration reform would be far less expensive than a fence — reform aimed at simplifying the immigration process and making it attainable for the working class, reform that holds people accountable for their illegal activity by adopting a ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Qantas CEO Joyce Sees No Quick Resolution to Labor Dispute
BusinessWeekOctober 16, 2011

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Qantas Airways Ltd., which has been forced to ground planes and cut flights as a result of labor strikes in Australia, sees no quick resolution to the dispute with the unions, Chief Executive Officer Alan ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Obama tells HRC gala he'll 'keep up the fight'
Dallas VoiceOctober 2, 2011

He promised to do several more things, with the community's help, including to support a bill in Congress to repeal DOMA, as well as “an inclusive employment non-discrimination bill,” to help young people who are being bullied, and to ensure that ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Lee County disability aid center gets set to reopen
The News-PressOctober 2, 2011

Law enforcers and state officials are investigating fraud and theft allegations made by the board of the Center for Independent Living of Southwest Florida, which was largely supported by state and federal dollars. The state Department of Education is ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Robert L. Johnson Urges US Corporations to Establish a Version of the "NFL ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

(b) encourages companies to interview at least two qualified African American firms for vendor supplier/services contracts before awarding a new company contract to a vendor. Johnson makes clear the purpose of this voluntary rule is not to suggest ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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OPINION: Alabama immigration law targets school children
Lehighvalleylive.comOctober 3, 2011

The “Legal Workforce Act” has the intensity, to reject those illegal workers and open many jobs for citizens and permanent residents. Like any other developed country with growing industries, we always have the inducement of a good place to live, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Oklahoma City is spot for 'medical tourism'
NewsOK.comOctober 1, 2011

BY PAULA BURKES pburkes@opubco.com Leave a comment Oklahoma City is becoming a hot destination for medical tourism, a phenomenon captured in a hilarious video recently uploaded to YouTube. Gary Bridwell (left) and Derek Rose on their recent "radiation ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Labor board sides with Chicago Teachers Union in dispute over longer school day
Chicago TribuneOctober 21, 2011

The labor relations board is scheduled to rule on the merits of the union's unfair labor practices complaint against CPS at a hearing in December. Chicago Teachers Union Attorney Robert Bloch , left , talks with CTU President President Karen Lewis.more »

Federal Personnel
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Judge OKs release of Idaho university shooter's records
StandardNetOctober 4, 2011

Second District Judge John R. Stegner said language in the law requiring the written consent of former public officials to disclose their personnel records indicated the law is ambiguous in relation to the deceased. And with that ambiguity, ...more »

New wave of pro-labor rulings seen as gift for large unions
McKnight's Long Term Care NewsOctober 4, 2011

Opponents of organized labor — which include many long-term care providers — feel swamped by recent pro-union rulings from the National Labor Relations Board. The most recent came the week before Labor Day, when the NLRB issued a decision that would ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Haunted trail charity event canceled due to zoning laws
Cedartown StandardOctober 7, 2011

That's when they found out about the zoning law for events. The death of the fundraiser means an $8000 to $12000 lost to the Christmas fund for needy families. The fire department also found out the law prevents it from having any fundraisers that ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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NOTW Reporter Threatens to Go Public
Daily BeastOctober 1, 2011

A former News of the World reporter who has since been arrested in connection to the phone-hacking scandal is threatening to break his silence when he testifies in his wrongful termination lawsuit. Neville Thurlback, 49, was the chief reporter for the ...more »

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