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Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services discuss government benefits
Wicked Local CambridgeFebruary 1, 2017

Keefe said many of the questions were about how repeal of the Affordable Care Act could impact elder services. Knowing that would likely be a topic, Keefe and Lowe provided recent projections from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that ...more »

Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2017

Some federal employees have set up social media accounts to anonymously leak word of changes that Trump appointees are trying to make. And a few government workers are pushing back more openly, incurring the wrath of a White House that, as press ...more »

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Collective Bargaining
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Branstad: collective bargaining law “antiquated”
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierFebruary 7, 2017

At the same time, Branstad called Iowa's four-decade-old law “antiquated” and in need of being “updated” because it has allowed public employee health benefits — which he characterized as “Cadillac” coverage for as little as $20 a month — to get out ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Are Republicans Taking a Gamble Supporting Trump on Immigration?
The AtlanticFebruary 2, 2017

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, has spent the last several years carefully building support for immigration reform in red communities among law enforcement, religious leaders, and business executives, an experience he ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Equal Employment Outreach Center to visit Mansfield
Mansfield News JournalFebruary 1, 2017

Anyone who has an employment discrimination complaint resulting from disparate treatment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or retaliation (because you complained about job discrimination, gave evidence ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Mexico: Decree Amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States Published
Lexology (registration)February 27, 2017

Labor disputes will now be processed before federal or state labor courts that will be part of the Judicial Power of the Federation of each State. These courts will replace the current administrative Conciliation and Arbitration Labor Boards that ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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'Degraded and chastised': Veteran Calgary police officer publicly quits over bullying, harassment
National PostFebruary 1, 2017

A veteran female police officer publicly resigned Tuesday at a tense meeting of the Calgary police commission, citing ongoing issues with bullying and harassment in the workplace. It came at the end of a meeting in which commissioners questioned CPS on ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Schools, unions race to sign contracts before law changes
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 16, 2017

Iowa union and school leaders are rushing to finalize employment contracts in a race to beat collective bargaining legislation moving quickly through the Statehouse. More than 140 districts settled contracts in the last week and seven of 40 districts ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Iowa senators seek to force businesses to crack down on illegal workers
Iowa City Press CitizenFebruary 3, 2017

An Iowa senator pushing legislation meant to crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants says stricter rules will level the playing field for Iowans who unfairly compete for jobs with those unauthorized to work in the United States. State Sen.more »

Federal Personnel
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Modest Proposal for Law Enforcement Salary Upgrades
Fetchyournews.comFebruary 14, 2017

The governor helped rectify this situation for state personnel by approving a 20% increase in their salaries. What about our local law enforcement personnel who bear the burden of first response and danger in our communities? Shouldn't they be paid on ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Hollywood Guilds Silent on Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch but Management Lawyers Happy
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 1, 2017

... also speaking from the management side, gave two examples: “In one case, he criticized the Obama [National Labor Relations Board] for overreaching its statutory authority in creating new back pay remedies for employer unfair labor practice conduct.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Chicago Justice EP Previews 'Huge' Crossover, Law & Order Connection
TVLineFebruary 27, 2017

The three-hour event kicks off when Chicago Fire tackles “a ripped-from-the-headlines” situation based on the 2016 Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to executive producer Peter Jankowski, who serves as an EP on all four Chicago ...more »

The Unions Betraying the Left
New RepublicFebruary 6, 2017

February 6, 2017. Days after the inauguration, the leaders of several building trade unions met with President Donald Trump at the White House, outraging those on the left who want organized labor to lead the resistance to the president's anti-worker ...more »

Government Employees
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Government Union Work Jumps Ahead In Line For Care At Veterans Affairs
Daily CallerFebruary 6, 2017

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees are spending so much time performing job-protecting civil service union work that the quality of care provided to sick veterans suffers, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Federal judge dismisses sexual harassment and wrongful terminati - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News ...
KTTCFebruary 23, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination claim filed against Rochester Public Schools and a former administrator. Regina Seabrook had brought a lawsuit against the school district alleging sex and race discrimination, retaliation, creating ...more »

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