Telling little stories about big stories at the @washingtonpost's @TheStoryline. Labor, mostly. lydia.depillis@washpost.com

Why fast-food workers are suing Scott Walker for a raise

washingtonpost.com — Motise Reynolds's family survives on fast food. Not literally: the 20-year-old and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Danni Espinal, get $230 a month in food stamps for their 2-year-old and newborn daughter, which helps them shop for the basics.

Howard University gives its janitors a crack at the middle class. Now, that could change.

washingtonpost.com — Sitting beside a flagpole on the campus of Howard University, Reina Lopez stared across at a man in a black shirt and khakis standing nearby, her gaze full of reproach. She's spent the past decade and a half sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms of Howard's Cramton Auditorium.

How tipping is linked to sexual harassment in restaurants: readers’ stories

washingtonpost.com — A few weeks ago, we reviewed some new research on how the tipped minimum wage may make servers in restaurants more vulnerable to sexual harassment from patrons, and asked readers for their opinions. We got dozens of interesting responses. Here are a few of them, on the question of whether the culture of tipping made customer behavior worse.

D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize - and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

washingtonpost.com — Most large Bikeshare systems - those racks full of clunky rental bikes parked in docks that have been springing up all over American cities - are far from self-regulating. The number of bikes at the docks fluctuates, with full stations that can't take more bikes and empty ones that can't rent them out, which can paralyze movement between them.

How FedEx is trying to save the business model that saved it millions

stltoday.com — Mornings start at the FedEx facility in Halethorpe, Md., with "The Sort." Sixteen thousand packages arrive from regional hubs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, get sifted by ZIP code, and trundle through the roller coaster ride of blue tubing that snakes through a giant warehouse.

How Fedex is trying to save the business model that saved it millions

washingtonpost.com — Mornings start at the FedEx facility in Halethorpe, Md., with The Sort. " Sixteen thousand packages arrive from regional hubs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, get sifted by Zip code, and trundle through the roller coaster ride of blue tubing that snakes through a giant warehouse.

Unions and the White House were hardly best friends. But now that’s changing.

washingtonpost.com — For most of President Obama's tenure, the White House and the nation's labor movement have been anything but best friends. Unions were disappointed when the White House refused to restructure banks during the financial crisis. They were exasperated by its unwillingness to protect union members' gold-plated health care plans in the Affordable Care Act.

For nurses union, Ebola scare is just another fight

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:08 AM RoseAnn DeMoro stood in front of 300 nurses in an auditorium in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon, while 11,500 more nurses listened on the phone. Two of their own had just contracted Ebola, and she was furious.

Does the culture of tipping make waitresses more vulnerable to sexual harassment?

washingtonpost.com — After nine years working as a waitress, mostly at a chain of restaurants in suburban Memphis, Catherine Bryant knows how to deal with lascivious customers, the leers and whistles and lewd looks. She'd evade them and seek to serve better-behaved customers.

For a brass-knuckled nurses union, the Ebola scare is just another fight

washingtonpost.com — RoseAnn DeMoro stood in front of 300 nurses in an auditorium in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday afternoon, while 11,500 more nurses listened on the phone. Two of their own had just contracted Ebola, and she was furious. "We've been lied to in terms of the preparation in the hospitals," she declared.
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