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Voters Doubt Police Tax Promises
fox4kc.comMarch 1, 2012

Our goal is to work at problem solving to prevent the crimes from happening, prevent the situations, so that's the whole key to this. Proactive policing is preventing crime from occurring.” If the tax (which is $0.3629 per $100 of assessed valuation) ...more »

Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

She rejected arguments by the state that the rules were needed for traffic safety and pointed out that the law, also known as SB1070, says its purpose is to make attrition through enforcement the immigration policy of state and local government ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action, admission preferences being challenged in court
TCU 360March 1, 2012

More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday heard a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Catholic Church: We need comprehensive immigration reform, not 'Secure ...
Baltimore SunMarch 5, 2012

The Church believes this dignity is undermined by this program's alleged channeling of immigrants into the criminal justice system through racial profiling and pre-textual arrests for the purpose of vetting them for their immigration status.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Simmons Law Firm Pledges $25000 to Help Union Workers Through Labor Council's ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

ALTON, Ill., Mar 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Simmons Firm, one of the St. Louis region's largest personal injury law firms, has announced a new fundraising effort to match donations up to $25000 to the Greater St. Louis Labor Council's "$5 for the ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Federal labor board files complaint against Backus Hospital
Norwich BulletinMarch 2, 2012

Since then, the unit local and hospital management have had a series of disputes, ranging from hosting bargaining sessions off campus to withholding merit-based wage increases for union members. Nancy Cleeland, an NLRB spokeswoman, said Thursday that ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Obama Administration Seeks Quotas Based on Disability, Race, and Perhaps ...
OpenMarket.orgMarch 2, 2012

(It is hard to understand why the Obama administration thinks this quota is authorized by the disabilities-rights laws, which the Supreme Court has said are not “affirmative action” statutes, and thus require only “reasonable accommodation” of a ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Supreme Court Fortifies Ministerial Exception
HR.BLR.comMarch 2, 2012

She took her case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued on her behalf. A Michigan district court ruled for the church, but the 6th Circuit reversed. Appellate judges reasoned that although Perich was a “called” minister, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Demoted for views, NASA specialist going to court
WND.comMarch 3, 2012

“A trier could find it suspicious that defendant initially investigated plaintiff for workplace harassment, issued a written warning that was later rescinded, and demoted plaintiff for reasons separate from the alleged workplace harassment.more »

Employment Contracts
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Teachers fight state budget cuts, contract change
Killeen Daily HeraldMarch 2, 2012

The main topic Wednesday was the group's efforts to ask the school board to remove recently modified language to employment contracts, which Stoll and others said could be used to force teachers to work additional hours without added compensation.more »

Undocumented Workers
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GOP Hopefuls Losing Ground to Obama Among Latinos, Poll Says
Fox NewsMarch 5, 2012

The Fox News Latino poll show likely Latino voters across the country overwhelmingly support the DREAM Act (90 percent), favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (85 percent), and believe undocumented workers help to grow the US economy ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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What is the best model for paid parental leave in Australia?
Sydney Morning Herald (blog)March 4, 2012

How much should our government pay couples to leave work and have a baby? Tim Lester compares party policies. Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and Disability Reform. Labor MP for Jagajaga I know how tough it ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Judge: Gov't can require union posters at work
Austin American-StatesmanMarch 2, 2012

The labor board wanted to make failing to put up the posters an automatic unfair labor practice. But Berman Jackson rejected that part of the rule, saying the board must make a specific finding based on the facts and circumstances of each case before ...more »

Federal Personnel
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PERSONNEL FILE: Robinson & McElwee recognized for natural gas work
West Virginia RecordMarch 1, 2012

6 issue of the National Law Journal. "I look for individuals who are the best of the breed in the business they are in," Hood told The National Law Journal. As Senior VP and General Counsel, Hood oversees a legal department comprised of 50 employees, ...more »

Labor Law and Security Experts Testify About Workers' Rights Violations at Loomis
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

The hearing was held by UNI's Swedish Commission of Inquiry into the Labor Practices of Loomis. The commission, which is comprised of Swedish union leaders and legal experts, was organized by UNI, the global labor federation for services sector workers ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Santee's Fanita Ranch hit by legal setback
U-T San DiegoMarch 1, 2012

A coalition of environmental groups, however, argued in the 2008 suit that the city violated state law and its own master plan by failing to fully analyze the project's environmental effects. When it came to fire safety, Quinn wrote in her three-page ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former officer heads to arbitration with city concerning firing
The Newark AdvocateMarch 1, 2012

NEWARK -- Former Newark Police Officer Bobby Hartless will proceed to arbitration with the city concerning allegations of his wrongful termination. Newark Human Resources Director Mike Buskirk said he received word from the Fraternal Order of Police ...more »

Government Employees
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In our view / Public employees More thanks, less blame
HeraldNetMarch 4, 2012

Public employees, particularly those who work in state government, can be excused for feeling a bit under siege lately. These days, they shoulder too much blame for budgets that are out of whack. Whether it's over collective bargaining rights, ...more »

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