Tag Archives: employment

WISCONSIN: Republicans Break Law To Strip Collective Bargaining Rights

Things begin to go nuts at 2:30.

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Union Workers Defend Their Rights As GOP Goose-Steps For Tea Party Billionaires

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Mandated Paid Holidays By Nation

The above chart depicts the number of paid holidays and vacation days legally mandated by the world’s 21 richest nations. The labor movement is completely out of control in America!

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VIRGINIA: House Committee Denies LGBT Employment And Health Benefits Bills

Yesterday a Virginia House subcommittee voted to deny extending employment discrimination protections to LGBT residents of the state. (Such protections are already granted on the basis of religion, gender, race, etc etc.) The same committee then voted against a bill that would have authorized a study on granting health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees. (Such benefits …

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Europe Vs. America

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Robert Gibbs Dodges ENDA Question

The same reporter who earlier this week grilled White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about DOMA today returned with similar questions about ENDA. With a similarly waffle-filled result.

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The Bermuda Triangle

JMG should be in there for some of you, I bet. Also, do the kids today even know about the Bermuda Triangle? (Source)

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Mississippi Sheriff: Even If We Fired Cop For Being Gay, There’s No Law Against It

In October we learned that the ACLU is suing a Mississippi sheriff’s department over the firing of police officer Andre Cooley, who was outed after calling for help in a domestic dispute with his partner. The Forrest County Sheriff’s Department has is now denying wrongdoing because there’s no state or federal law against what they did. Cooley claims the firing …

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Unemployment Benefits Duration By State

(Via – Andrew Sullivan)

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CALIFORNIA: State OSHA Fines Gay Porn Studio For Allowing Barebacking

The California division of OSHA has fined the gay porn studio Treasure Island Media for workplace practices that exposed employees to potentially infectious agents such as semen. The company is appealing the fines, which total over $21,000 for three separate citations. Lyla Katz reports at Xbiz: “On Nov. 5, 2009, Treasure Island Media had failed to write or otherwise establish, …

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Pelosi Wants Lame Duck ENDA Vote

According to Politico, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated during a conference call today that she is planning for a vote on ENDA during the lame duck session. Politico’s Ben Smith characterizes ENDA as an “easy lift” compared to other LGBT rights legislation. That’s probably true in the House as a high percentage of Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors. …

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ILLINOIS: Lesbian Fired From Catholic University Over Wedding Announcement

Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois has fired administrator Laine Tadlock (above right) after her Iowa wedding announcement was published in the local newspaper. Tadlock says the university knew she was gay when she was hired and even knew about her impending wedding. The issue appears to be that Tadlock’s employer was named in the announcement. In a Sept. 30 letter …

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FEDS: Even If You Friend Your Boss, He Can’t Fire You For Facebook Dissings

A federal labor agency has ruled that social media postings are protected speech that employers cannot use against staffers. In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page. This is …

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INDIANA: South Bend Rejects LGBT Rights

By a 6-3 vote, the city council of South Bend, Indiana has voted to continue to allow local businesses to fire people for being gay. Explaining his opposition to the proposal, council President Derek Dieter, D-District 1, said afterward, “I just don’t think it’s needed in South Bend.” Dieter said he had not seen any documentation proving workplace discrimination against …

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Porno Pete Vs. HRC

Porno Pete LaBarbera is accusing the Human Rights Campaign of “blackmail” because of the HRC’s point system for their Corporate Equality Index, which measures how major companies treat their LGBT employees. Via the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow: HRC is now demanding those corporations offer unlimited healthcare coverage for transgender employees — or lose the highest ranking offered under the Corporate …

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Quote Of The Day – Sheriff Billy McGee

“He got in a fight with his boyfriend, and the police were called to his house for a domestic disturbance. Those kinds of incidents don’t speak well for people in law enforcement.” – Sheriff Billy McGee, explaining why he fired gay corrections officer Andre Cooley. We can only presume that McGee will also fire any female officer beaten by her …

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Steven Slater Pleads Guilty

Famed/infamous JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater pleaded guilty today to one count of felony attempted criminal mischief and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief. A one to three year sentence was suspended with the agreement that Slater enter a year-long mental health program. Slater also agreed to begin substance and alcohol abuse counseling and to pay his former employer $10,000 …

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MISSISSIPPI: Sheriff’s Department Sued By ACLU Over Officer Fired For Being Gay

The ACLU is suing Mississippi’s Forrest County Sheriff’s Department for firing a corrections officer after learning he is gay. On June 14, while at home and off-duty, Cooley called 911 after his boyfriend became physically violent. Among the officers who responded to the call was Chief of Corrections Charles Bolton, one of Cooley’s supervisors. After Cooley’s boyfriend told Bolton that …

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Photo Of The Day – Apple Nets

Foxconn factories in China have installed nets to catch workers attempting to hurl themselves to their deaths. The company, which manufactures a large portion of Apple’s products (as well as items for other electronics firms), has suffered a rash of employee suicides this year. Check out the Boston Globe’s photo essay on life on China.

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Christian Charity Fires Non-Christians

The Christian disaster relief charity World Vision, which receives federal funding to the tune of $300M annually, has won the right to fire non-Christian employees. The case is headed to federal appeals court. (Tipped by JMG reader Andy)

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