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Senate Battle Over Unionization Legislation Begins

March 28, 2007
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The session was the first Senate action regarding the so-called card-check legislation after House approval March 1; the GOP appears likely to filibuster the bill when it comes to the Senate floor.
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High Point for Card-Check Legislation

March 2, 2007
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The House passed a bill that would make it easier for workers to unionize. But the legislation has uncertain prospects in the Senate, and the Bush administration has formally announced that the president will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
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Chrysler Cuts May Ease Talks With UAW

March 1, 2007
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Announcement of major layoffs could make workers hesitant to strike in upcoming negotiations. Experts predict that by timing its announcement as it did, just months before the Big Three automakers enter contract negotiations, DaimlerChrysler might make the talks easier on itself.
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Mixed Outlook For Genetics, Card-Check Bills

February 27, 2007
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The fates of the two workers’ rights bills that passed a House committee this month could be headed in opposite directions.
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More Labor Battles Likely Regarding Benefits

February 27, 2007
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Grocery workers who struck grocery chains in Southern California in 2003-04 see their contracts expire next month. Meanwhile, the UAW and the Big Three automakers square off, and GE faces negotiations.
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Can Dems Work With Business

February 27, 2007
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Democrats on Capitol Hill and the corporate community extended hands of friendship to one another as the new Congress took office. But whether that relationship grows or founders may depend in large part on how workplace issues unfold during the next few months.
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House Panel OKs Genetic Discrimination, Card Check Bills

February 15, 2007
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The genetics measure sailed through a House committee in 30 minutes, while the bill to make workplace organizing easier took more than seven hours and has drawn a presidential veto threat.
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Could a Philadelphia Case Clarify Pay Rules for Paramedics

January 19, 2007
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The question is whether municipal paramedics must be paid overtime after 40 hours or are subject to higher overtime thresholds applicable to firefighters and other emergency responders under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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A Call for More Shareholder Say in Executive Pay

January 4, 2007
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Rep. Barney Frank decries Home Depot CEO’s $210 million exit package and cites the need for executive-pay reform. He also calls for a deal between Democrats and the business community that would offer expanded worker protection in exchange for such measures as immigration reform and the easing of rules on foreign direct investment.
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