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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.

What it’s like to clean airplane cabins during an Ebola scare

washingtonpost.com — 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

washingtonpost.com — 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

washingtonpost.com — 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.
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Oct 25, 2014

Dear all of creation: there are many gorgeous hikes in the DC area. There is no reason Old Rag should feel like a rock concert. And yet.

Oct 24, 2014

Sad to see disabled people pitted against home care workers as demands on Medicaid increase. businessweek.com/articles/2014-…

Oct 23, 2014

@csfrayer Should've known better than to think that meant the thing that first jumped to mind

Oct 23, 2014

RT @jimtankersley: Point being, Americans support a lot of ideas to boost economy. They're frustrated DC isn't doing much of it: washingtonpost.com/news/storyline…

Oct 23, 2014

Courts cracked down on FedEx's use of independent contractors. The new version--subcontractors--isn't much different. washingtonpost.com/news/storyline…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kristoncapps: @DMMevents @lydiadepillis @Commof100DC Not to alarm, but Mies died in 1969. His great work in this library will survive a thoughtful remix.

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