24 Hour Fitness’ policies have brought the fitness chain in the crosshairs of the National Labor Relations Board, which has said the company’s employee arbitration agreements violate federal labor law.
Bobbi Murray: Truck drivers spend unpaid hours awaiting assignments from dispatchers, as well as burning up time at vehicle inspections or completing shipping paperwork—time that would be compensated if they were classified as hourly or salaried employees, instead of as contractors.
Sylvia Allegretto: Under the proposed regulations, employers could simply pocket the money and use it for other purposes, such as making capital improvements to the business.
Bill Raden — The Janus v. AFSCME case that landed before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday may not only affect the destiny of public-sector unions, but also how much equal access to the democratic process Americans will have in the future.
Berry Craig: Nobody is happier to see Belcher return to the General Assembly’s lower chamber than Kentucky’s unions. Organized labor played a big role in her romp.
Lawrence Wittner: Given the central role that organized labor plays in defending workers’ rights, it’s hardly surprising that the Trump administration has sought to weaken American unions.
Berry Craig: The really big story of the tax bill is that it favors capital over labor. It’s heavily skewed to benefit people who get money without working, as opposed to those who labor for a living.”
Jessica Goodheart: The protections of a decades-old plant-closing law were small comfort to employees across the country who learned about the closure of 63 stores by email or locked doors.
Bobbi Murray: By 11:30 a.m. Friday morning the votes were tallied in the first-ever union vote taken by L.A. Times editorial staffers: 248 in favor, 44 opposed.
Berry Craig: The case, which is before the U.S. Supreme Court, could, in effect, force all public employee unions into a “right to work” framework.
Judith Lewis Mernit: While the sexual harassment stories of high-profile women capture headlines in the mainstream media, the everyday abuse suffered by low-wage workers in the service industry has largely gone unnoticed.
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Berry Craig: Conservative politicians beyond the old Confederacy embraced “right to work” because the laws “divide everybody at the work site. ‘Right to work’ was an ingenious concept to break down union solidarity.”