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Voters in Four States Elect to Boost Wages and Working Conditions

November 10, 2016

Amidst a general election that is sure to be discussed, analyzed and hypothesized about for weeks, if not months to come, one aspect you could easily overlook is some resoundingly good news. Voters made their voices heard on policies that directly benefit working people’s ability to provide for their families.… Read More»

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In D.C., a Call for Just Hours

July 16, 2015

This week, employees of companies like Marshalls, McDonald’s and Macy’s told nearly 100 Washington, D.C. residents gathered at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church how unstable hours and so-called “just-in-time” scheduling practices take a toll on their families and their ability to make ends meet. The community hearing kicked off the launch… Read More»

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“Just-in-Time” Scheduling Practices Limit Employees’ Ability to Thrive

June 12, 2015

The first-ever study on service sector scheduling practices in Washington, D.C. was released yesterday, with researchers concluding that erratic and unpredictable work hours negatively impact employees and their families. The report was released during a briefing in D.C.’s Wilson Building, with community groups packing the room to hear the results… Read More»

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Seattle Says Franchisees Are Different

March 23, 2015

This post was guest-written for our site by Tashlin Lakhani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Management and Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and Maite Tapia, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State… Read More»

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Guestworkers Who Exposed Forced Labor Win $14 Million in Damages From Employer

February 22, 2015

On February 18, 2015, a federal jury awarded $14 million in damages to five guestworkers from India who, along with the National Guestworker Alliance, launched a nationwide campaign in 2008 to expose forced labor along the Gulf Coast and press for critical reforms of the U.S. guestworker program. Back in late 2006, more than 500… Read More»

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In Less Than a Year, D.C.’s First Walmart Is Already Threatening Local Businesses

October 31, 2014

Less than one year after its opening, small business owners within the immediate vicinity of a new Walmart Supercenter in the nation’s capital say their establishments are already in danger of closing, according to a new report released by Respect DC and Ward 4 Thrives. The report cites several local… Read More»

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Looks like the critics were wrong on this one

March 10, 2014

Opponents to raising the minimum wage often declare doomsday predictions about what will happen to jobs. But is any of it true? “Washington state, for example, has the nation’s highest rate, $9.32 an hour. Despite dire predictions that increases would cripple job growth and boost unemployment, this isn’t what happened.… Read More»

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