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Grocery store worker sues employer for death of newborn

Like many women, Reyna García had to work during her pregnancy. She submitted 3 doctor’s notes explaining her need to have a lighter work load due to her high risk pregnancy; all three of them were ignored. Then, in November, after experiencing pain, her request to leave work was denied. According to the complaint:

“García, a general merchandise manager at the Atascadero store, asked to leave work while in pain one day last November. But her request was turned down, and she continued heavy lifting at the store. She went into labor that night, rushed to the hospital and found out that her baby was losing fluid and sustaining brain damage, she says.

García gave birth two days later to a ...

Like many women, Reyna García had to work during her pregnancy. She submitted 3 doctor’s notes explaining her need to have a lighter work load due to her high risk pregnancy; all three of them were ignored. Then, ...

Governor Walker repeals equal pay, bans abortion coverage, mandates abstinence

Wisconsin Governor (R-surprise!) Scott Walker is a true Renaissance Man of Asshatery. He must be commended for his hard work, consistency and brazen bigotry in targeting not just workers‘ rights, not just reproductive rights, but even pay equity! Thursday, Walker passed over 50 bills   but announced them Friday afternoon before the holiday weekend, so they would get less attention. Among the bills was

a bill banning abortion coverage in policies obtained through a health insurance exchange, which will be created in 2014. a bill requiring doctors to consult and examine a woman seeking abortion privately, away from her friends and family, and to make sure she isn’t being pressured into having an abortion. a bill requiring sex-ed teachers ...

Wisconsin Governor (R-surprise!) Scott Walker is a true Renaissance Man of Asshatery. He must be commended for his hard work, consistency and brazen bigotry in targeting not just workers‘ rights, not just reproductive rights, but ...

Wisconsin Republicans vote against collective bargaining for public workers.

Yesterday, Wisconsin Republicans modified their anti-collective bargaining bill so it would not require the votes of the state Democrats and passed what they claim to be a ‘budget repair bill.’ We already know, it’s a callous and rather unpopular attempt at union busting. Not one Democrat was present.

Mr. Walker, a Republican whose efforts to diminish collective bargaining rights have placed him firmly in the national spotlight during his less than three months in office, applauded the Senate’s move on Wednesday night, and said it brought the state a step closer to balancing its budget. “The action today will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs,” Mr. ...

Yesterday, Wisconsin Republicans modified their anti-collective bargaining bill so it would not require the votes of the state Democrats and passed what they claim to be a ‘budget repair bill.’ We already know, ...

Notes from a bitch…remembering the women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

March is Women’s History Month and I think it fitting, given the current labor struggles going on across the United States, to remember the Triangle Factory fire.

I first heard about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in a women’s history class I took my first year in college. My professor was discussing the intersection of suffrage and union organizing as it relates to the feminist movement.

In 1911 a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village…but the story truly begins with a strike.

The factory workers were women…many of them recent immigrants…who had been on strike for 11 weeks demanding better working conditions, shorter hours and better pay. Factory workers worked 13 hours days 6 days a week ...

March is Women’s History Month and I think it fitting, given the current labor struggles going on across the United States, to remember the Triangle Factory fire.

I first heard about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in a ...

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