labor law http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-licata-calls-new-department-enforce-labor-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This may be the year that Seattle adopts one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But labor advocates and Seattle City Council member Nick </span>Licata<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say without tough enforcement, a new wage law will be toothless.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 16085 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims http://www.kplu.org/post/hearing-set-t-mobile-workers-unfair-labor-practice-claims <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144093426&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that has been trying to organize T-Mobile workers says a recent action by the federal government will boost its efforts.</p><p>The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the various <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/217335458/T-Mobile-NLRB-4-2-14-complaints-1" target="_blank">labor complaints against the telecom giant to be consolidated into one case.</a> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 15865 at http://www.kplu.org Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims Bill Would Make Washington The First State To Mandate Paid Vacation Days http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-would-make-washington-first-state-mandate-paid-vacation-days <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About one out of four American workers gets no paid vacation time, and</span><a href="http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/no-vacation-update-2013-05.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> the U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee that workers receive some</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Now lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would make Washington the first state in the country to mandate that employers provide paid vacation days.</span></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12891 at http://www.kplu.org Bill Would Make Washington The First State To Mandate Paid Vacation Days Federal Way Worker Says He Was Illegally Fired by Walmart http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-way-worker-says-he-was-illegally-fired-walmart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Protesters are descending on some 1,500 Walmart locations, including the store at Bellevue’s </span>Factoria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mall, on this Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.</span></p><p>Joining them is a man who has been battling Walmart in Federal Way for several years over safety concerns. And now Gerardo Paladan says he was illegally terminated.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 11335 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Way Worker Says He Was Illegally Fired by Walmart Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle http://www.kplu.org/post/fast-food-worker-challenges-firing-faces-uphill-battle <p><em>&nbsp;(Update 9/25/13: Adds comment from Subway franchise owner Hasan Zeer.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A worker fired from a Subway sandwich shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has filed charges saying it was illegal retaliation for going on strike. But experts say&nbsp;fighting that kind of legal battle can take years.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:59:13 +0000 Ashley Gross 10122 at http://www.kplu.org Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle