May 25, 2010

What just happened?! Tuesday bluesday edition

  • Over 300 full time manufacturing workers at the Mott’s plant in Williamson, New York were forced out on strike yesterday as the company, which recorded record profits this year, failed to bargain in good faith.
  • The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that black firefighters in Chicago did not miss the deadline to file discrimination charges against the city over an employment test that they say disproportionately hurt their chances of being hired.
  • The Inspector General will release a report this week detailing inappropriate, and possible negligent, behavior by the staff of the Minerals Management Service between 2005 and 2007. These would be the regulators responsible for overseeing drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the continuing and catastrophic oil spill.
  • The New York City Council is considering a living wage bill today for workers on projects that get public funding.
  • David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame, is suing Florida Governor and senate candidate Charlie Crist for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" without permission. You may remember a similar lawsuit involving one-time presidential candidate John McCain.
  • Congressional leaders, the Pentagon, and the White House have reached a tentative agreement on repealing the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.
  • Here's a very informative post about maternity coverage under employer-based health plans, and how things will start to improve as provisions of the new health care reform law are rolled out.
  • A Wal Mart employee in Kansas was fired for STOPPING a shoplifter?? Yes. True story.

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