Labor Rights
President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women.
Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff has laid out a plan to ensure equal pay and equal hiring at the global cloud-based software company.
Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation

After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation.
Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Bangladeshi officials have charged 41 people with murder for the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed at least 1,127 workers, many of whom were young women. Those charged include Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, as well as at least a dozen government officials. Another individual was charged with building code violations. The multi-story...
New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Following a report by the New York Times on the exploitation of nail salon workers almost two weeks ago, New York state and city officials have partnered with advocates and volunteers to bring comprehensive educational programs and labor reforms to the 5,000 licensed salons in the state.
Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 on Tuesday to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for certain workers to $10.50 an hour effective July 2016, and then gradually to $15 an hour by 2020.
Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced today that the social media powerhouse will be requiring improved benefits from its contractors, including higher pay, paid leave, and a $4,000 new child benefit.
Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Cuomo’s actions fall in the wake of a New York Times exposé on the lives of manicurists in New York City detailing 10- to 12-hour shifts, poor conditions, health risks, low wages, and other exploitation.
Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Senate ‘Vote-A-Rama’ Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers.
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

The court of appeals reasoned that firing a woman for breastfeeding is not sex discrimination because men can also lactate.
In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave

In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave

President Obama has announced his intention to sign a Presidential Memorandum "directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child," and to grant up to seven paid sick days to federal workers.
McDonald's Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers

McDonald’s Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Friday that the McDonald’s corporation is responsible for several dozen complaints of retaliatory conduct against workers fighting for job improvements. Since November 2012, 291 charges have been filed against McDonald’s franchisees. Of that number, the NLRB said it found 86 cases of unlawful conduct which included firings, reduced hours, threats, surveillance,...
New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote.
Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today

Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today

Fast food, home care, retail and other low-wage workers in nearly 190 cities walked off the job today to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize.
Chicago Raises Minimum Wage But Could Face Opposition From State

Chicago Raises Minimum Wage But Could Face Opposition From State

The Chicago City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill increasing the state's minimum wage to $13 an hour by mid-2019, but that decision could come under fire at the state level.
Walmart Workers Will Strike on Black Friday

Walmart Workers Will Strike on Black Friday

Walmart workers in at least six states have submitted formal strike notices for the day of Black Friday to demand higher, livable wages and better hours.
Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem said.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

The United Parcel Service is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.