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Workers vote to strike against Tucson-based Asarco over ‘insulting’ contract offer

Posted by   /  October 12, 2019  /  Employment Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

ASARCO labor rally: Labor unions representing about 2,000 Asarco workers picketed amid contentious contract negotiations in 2015./Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star   Unions representing about 2,000 hourly workers at five Asarco mining operations in Arizona and Texas voted overwhelmingly to strike against unfair labor practices, rejecting a final […]

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Supreme Court won’t review Asarco copper-price bonus case, prompting payments

Posted by   /  October 7, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

US Supreme Court has denied review hear Asarco’s appeal of lower court rulings prompted the company to pay some $10 million in copper price bonuses to about 750 current and former workers./ A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star 2011 By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star   The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of rulings requiring […]

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Q&A: Veteran political reporter confident ‘Republic’ newsroom will win unionization fight

Posted by   /  October 7, 2019  /  Employment Law, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

Newsroom staff members at one of Gannett’s largest newspapers, the Arizona Republic, launched a unionization effort Wednesday in advance of the company’s planned acquisition by GateHouse Media./ Richard Drew By Dillon Rosenblatt  | Arizona Capitol Times Amid a hefty battle with management that involved getting her work phone confiscated, Arizona Republic reporter Rebekah Sanders is confident the newsroom […]

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Feeling overworked? Arizona is working overtime, says Joblist

Posted by   /  September 25, 2019  /  Employment Law, Featured News  /  No Comments

Here’s the hard truth: Many Americans work overtime, but far too few get paid for that extra work. The United States is a bit of a paradox when it comes to money. As one of the richest nations in the world, American households typically have more disposable income than the average country included in the […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Colorado marijuana companies are subject to federal labor laws despite being illegal, court rules

Posted by   /  September 22, 2019  /  Cannabis and Hemp, Employment Law  /  No Comments

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in a overtime pay lawsuit Friday helps legitimize Colorado’s industry, some say By Joe Rubino | The Denver Post A U.S. appeals court has ruled workers in Colorado’s marijuana industry are subject to overtime pay rules and other federal labor protections even if the industry itself is federally illegal. […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California’s controversial labor bill has passed

Posted by   /  September 11, 2019  /  Employment Law, Regional News  /  No Comments

Experts forecast more worker rights, higher prices for services By Gabrielle Canon | USA TODAY  Lyft drivers Erica Mighetto and Danny Raviart hold signs in support of AB 5 on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. /Gabrielle Canon/The Desert Sun A controversial piece of legislation passed the California Legislature late Tuesday evening, codifying and […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Uber, Lyft couldn’t beat California employment rules, but these industries did

Posted by   /  September 9, 2019  /  Employment Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

 Uber driver and organizer Jeff Perry of Sacramento speaks in supporter of Assembly Bill 5 at the California state Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The bill would force “gig economy” employers to treat independent contractors as employees. / JPIERCE@SACBEE.COM By Sophia Bollag | The Sacramento Bee After millions of dollars in lobbying and countless […]

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Employee alleges racial discrimination, ‘political bullying’ by Arizona Public Service

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Employment Law, Featured News  /  No Comments

Protesters against APS gathered earlier this summer outside Phoenix Art Museum./ Elizabeth Whitman By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times In a damning complaint filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission, a self-identified Arizona Public Service employee said that the utility bullies its employees to vote in line with its interests, discriminates against minorities, and prioritizes […]

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Court rules Arizona can’t stop local governments from requiring benefits for private-sector workers

Posted by   /  August 30, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star   State lawmakers cannot block local governments from mandating that private employers provide workers with more fringe benefits than required in state law, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled. In a brief order Wednesday, the justices refused to disturb a decision by the state Court of Appeals, […]

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Law to ban cities from mandating employee benefits dead

Posted by   /  August 28, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer| Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times State lawmakers cannot block local governments from mandating that private employers provide workers with even more fringe benefits than required in law, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled. In a brief order August 28, the justices refused to disturb a decision by the state Court […]

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