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Criminal convictions of former UAW officials affirmed for demanding that GM hire unqualified relatives before agreeing to end strike

February 11th, 2011

Affirming the conviction of two former United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials, who demanded that General Motors (GM) hire their unqualified relatives into high-paying journeyman jobs in exchange for ending a crippling strike, the Sixth Circuit rejected the defendants’ contentions on appeal that their actions did not constitute violations of the LMRA or the Hobbs [Read more...]

Nearly one-in-five workers have dated co-workers at least twice during career, annual Valentine’s Day survey finds

February 11th, 2011

Workers are turning to the once “taboo” office pool in search of companionship and it appears to be paying off. Approximately 40 percent of workers (37 percent) say they have dated someone they worked with over their career; 18 percent report dating co-workers at least twice in their career. Additionally, 30 percent report they went [Read more...]

2010 saw second lowest number of strikes and lockouts on record, according to BLS data

February 10th, 2011

The year 2010 had the second fewest number of major work stoppages since 1947, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Altogether, there were 11 major work stoppages in 2011, which idled 45,000 workers for a total of 302,000 lost workdays. This represented a substantial increase over [Read more...]

NLRB reaches settlement in case involving termination over Facebook posts

February 10th, 2011

The NLRB has announced that it has reached a settlement in a case involving a Connecticut ambulance service employee who was terminated for posting negative comments about a supervisor on her Facebook page. Shortly before the matter was to go to a hearing before the Board, the agency and employer, American Medical Response of Connecticut, [Read more...]

Wage & Hour Division recovers nearly $1 million in overtime wages for employees of UnitedHealthcare in Hartford, CT

February 9th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered a total of $934,551 in overtime back wages for 479 employees of UnitedHealthcare and $104,280 in civil money penalties after an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that the employees had been incorrectly classified as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and consequently denied [Read more...]