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Stanislaus County Sheriff: Pot Farms Increasing Problem
KCRA SacramentoMarch 1, 2012

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson applauds the US Attorney's announcement that it will be working with local law enforcement to further crack down on marijuana farms. Sheriff Christianson said the Stansilaus Drug Enforcement Agency, ...more »

Cuts in legal aid would harm those already financially strapped
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

Volunteer lawyers mediate family law cases, provide courthouse-based help for unrepresented litigants, ensure the best interests of disabled wards are met in guardianship matters, and provide free legal support for court-appointed special advocates who ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Defining affirmative action
Anniston StarMarch 4, 2012

22): Some years ago, while my son was in basic training, he asked me, “What is affirmative-action”? I told him that it's government-sponsored discrimination. Upon his graduation, he and a friend were the top two in achievements to be named soldier of ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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US Needs Immigration Reform -- Part 2
ForbesMarch 6, 2012

But typically, when they complete their degrees, US immigration policy requires these individuals who are legally in the United States to depart. This seems to be counterproductive and I stated that immigration policy needs reform.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Unions to push to block 'right to work' in Michigan
The Detroit NewsMarch 1, 2012

"The UAW has been out in front advocating for in Michigan that we do a ballot initiative to change the Michigan constitution — to protect workers against corporations and guarantee workers' right to collective bargaining." Next week, the UAW will hold ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Martinez wins battle over NM labor board selection
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 13, 2012

Susana Martinez has won a legal battle that gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators. A state labor leader said Tuesday a pair of court rulings ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability act could ease budget cuts, says diversity officer
Cape Breton PostMarch 4, 2012

Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Regional Municipality's diversity officer sees a disability law as the answer to potential education and transportation funding shortfalls across the province. “I think with the current cuts we ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Catholic Church Continues Discrimination Against Gays
Opposing ViewsMarch 1, 2012

Unlike Steav Bates-Congdon and Al Fischer, Barbara Johnson has never been an employee of a Catholic Church or school. But she, too, has been unfairly singled out by an agent of the church because of who she loves. Johnson was denied communion by Father ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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woman awarded $168 million in workplace harassment case
89.3 KPCCMarch 3, 2012

A physician's assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento was awarded $168 million for workplace harassment. A California woman's nearly $168 million award from a jury is "believed to be the largest for a single victim of workplace harassment in ...more »

Employment Contracts
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US Senators Introduce Wartime Contracting Legislation that Could Save ...
defproMarch 2, 2012

09:37 GMT, March 2, 2012 Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S. 2139), a bill that will greatly enhance transparency, sustainability, and accountability in ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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When An Undocumented Domestic Worker Gets Sick
Honduras WeeklyMarch 1, 2012

Two years ago, Reyna's application for asylum was denied and her permanent resident card revoked, leaving her among the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. She worries every day that her employer will learn that she is ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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WAI v. FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
Leagle.comMarch 2, 2012

1 At trial, Wai's supervisor, Urvashi Purohit ("Purohit") testified to FedEx's policy regarding family medical leave and her knowledge of Wai's medical concerns. Purohit testified that it was FedEx's policy to give an employee paperwork to complete ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Police allege unfair labor practice
Muskogee Daily PhoenixMarch 10, 2012

By Wendy Burton Phoenix Staff Writer Muskogee's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 95 has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the city. The complaint, filed with the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board, alleges that Police Chief Rex ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Governor signs bill on veterans benefits
KOB.comMarch 1, 2012

By: AP SANTA FE, NM (AP) - More National Guard and Reserve personnel can qualify for state benefits for veterans under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. Under the new law, National Guard and Reserve members who complete six years of ...more »

American Airlines: Time for labor deals dwindling
Las Vegas SunMarch 1, 2012

AP American Airlines is turning up the heat on its workers, saying it doesn't have much time to win cost-saving concessions from labor unions. American said Friday night it needs those deals in place in "a matter of weeks." AMR Corp.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fico Place fire put out; damage assessment, investigation underway
Thai News Agency MCOTMarch 3, 2012

The director said that Fico Place was built about 30 years and that the building reportedly had only fire extinguisher boxes, as at the time it was built there was not yet any laws requiring the installation of fire sprinkler system.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Most jurors sided with Sheridan in 'Desperate Housewives' case
Los Angeles TimesMarch 19, 2012

A judge declared a mistrial in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination suit after jurors said they were deadlocked as to whether the actress' character was killed off from the ABC show in an act of retaliation or simply for creative reasons.more »

Government Employees
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Cuts in pension costs essential, Brooks, Richards say
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

Local-government leaders held a news conference in Albany to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for a new pension tier for new public employees.- 6:15 pm Learn who your representatives are with district maps and pages for each state and national ...more »

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