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For nurses union, Ebola scare is just another fight — 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? — 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 — 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.

What it’s like to clean airplane cabins during an Ebola scare — This past January, 22-year-old Michael Luke-Anthony became an airline cabin cleaner at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where his brother was already working as a terminal cleaner. Working in a team of seven to 10 people, all employees of a contractor called Last week, 200 airline cabin cleaners According a It didn't take long for him to become a pro.

America’s fastest growing profession is joining a very public fight for higher wages — In a life working a string of low-wage jobs, Lynette Reece always had trouble paying the rent. A home health-care aide for the past 21 years, she has too often had to skip work to go to landlord-tenant court to try to hold on to her apartment.

First Person: Making near minimum wage, pregnant, and all of a sudden without health insurance — A couple days ago, Walmart announced in a blog post that it would be raising premiums for the health insurance plan it offers employees, and cutting health benefits entirely for those working less than 30 hours a week.

What it’s like to win a 19-year union organizing campaign in the South — A couple weeks ago, a group of 14,500 U.S. Airways and American Airlines customer service representatives - people who take reservations over the phone and work check-in counters and boarding gates - voted to unionize with the Teamsters and the Communications Workers of America.

It’s easy to make day laborers’ lives better. Why isn’t it happening in Washington D.C.? — Every weekday morning, around six, a stream of pickup trucks and vans arrive at Washington D.C.'s only Home Depot. It's near the end of summer construction season, so the entrance is busy, as contractors emerge with wood and drywall and other supplies. On the way out, they'll collect the last thing they need for the day: labor.

Finding a job, but with an hour-long walk home from work — This article is part of Richmond: The legacy of poverty, an ongoing Storyline series about the city's ambitious plan to combat poverty and confront its past. We've created a Facebook group to discuss unemployment, underemployment and poverty in the United States - and what cities can do to help.

Why are more Latinos dying on the job again? — Abdón Urrutia remembers the impact. He was 16 feet off the ground on a commercial office construction project in Tysons Corner, tied in with a harness, stripping the metal molds used to pour concrete off the walls after they had set.
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Oct 20, 2014

.@LaborSec now artfully dodging repeated questions from @PressClubDC about what he'd do as attorney general.

Oct 20, 2014

.@LaborSec hi-5s @FastFoodForward, unions that "define success not simply by the size of their membership, but by the # of people they help"

Oct 20, 2014

.@LaborSec says he's going to Germany next week to meet with @VW to learn about works councils, which he thinks are great.

Oct 20, 2014

.@LaborSec at @PressClubDC, pushing unions: "I'd much rather work at the Ford plant in Louisville than the Nissan plant in Mississippi"

Oct 20, 2014

TIL from @josheidelson about a corporate front group (FedEx, etc) that purports to speak for independent contractors

Oct 17, 2014

RT @TonyRomm: it's easier for a company to use your data than it is for a reporter to FOIA gov't docs related to that data use. the irony of oversight.

Oct 17, 2014

New @BLS_gov wage data on nonprofits! Pretty normal, except for the securities & commodities people, who make $114K:…

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