Why Resident Advisers could benefit from a union

September 11, 2017

By Paige Szmodis, member of the AFSCME Union Scholars Program attending URSINUS COLLEGE
"Collective student power can ensure that students can have a voice when negotiating with people in administrative positions. Students should have an opportunity to join together, ask questions, and put forth a document that allows them to decide what working conditions are reasonable, safe and healthy. Contracts serve as a reference point if things go wrong or when power has been abused."

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Lost wages, serious illness and poor labor standards: The dangers of rebuilding Texas and Florida

September 11, 2017
By CASEY QUINLAN, Think Progress
[Sharon] Block is also worried about whether there are enough resources at the agency. In addition to the proposed cuts and business-friendly approach of the administration, there is no OSHA chief. She states, “Based on their level of staffing and resources and everything else about their approach on worker protection issues, I’d be worried about how workers post-Harvey and post-Irma are going to be effective.” 
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The Uncertainties of Being Asked to Work During a Hurricane

September 9, 2017

by GILLIAN B. WHITE in The Atlantic
Sharon Block, provides information on workers rights during a natural disaster.  Block says, "a major storm, even one that yields a state of emergency, doesn’t suspend labor laws. This means that laws that protect workers’ pay still stand, but because in Florida, workers are employed at-will, it also means that (barring a collective-bargaining agreement or contract stating otherwise) workers can still be fired for their absence. 'You can be fired for a good reason [or] a bad reason—as long as it's not an unlawful reason, which is usually discrimination,'"

Also reported in:usa today logoby Josh Hafner on  Sept 12, 2017,"Pizza Hut manager threatens employees evacuating ahead of Irma,"  [Read Article]

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How Gig Economy Businesses Can Create Good Jobs--or Destroy Them

September 7, 2017

By Leigh Buchanan
Inc. magazine
"A congressional hearing Wednesday explored how the sharing economy must evolve to ensure fair wages and stability for workers....Yes, flexibility is desirable. But it is no substitute for security, said Sharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School."

Also reported in: shrm logo"Are Federal Regulations Needed for Today's Sharing Economy?" By Kathy Gurchiek
Sep 12, 2017, Society for Human Resource Management

Also reported in: jd supra logo "September 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update: Legislative Initiatives: CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HOLDS EXPLORATORY HEARING ON CHANGES TO LABOR AND TAX LAWS AFFECTING THE GIG ECONOMY" by Locke Lord LLP and Richard Reibstein
October 10, 2017, JD Supra

... Read more about How Gig Economy Businesses Can Create Good Jobs--or Destroy Them
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The corporate war against unions

September 2, 2017

by Jonathan Tasini

Richard Freeman, co-director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, points out, "In 2002 the proportion of workers who said they would vote for a union rose above the proportion that said they would vote against a union for the first time in any national survey: a majority of nonunion workers now desire union representation in their workplace."