Uber and Lyft sued for 'unpaid wages' by California Labor Commissioner over driver classification
California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Wednesday filing suit against the two companies.The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” according to the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed.Wedne...
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Chicago Teachers Union will take first steps next week toward possible strike, sources say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is planning to convene its House of Delegates early next week to consider a process that could lead to a strike if Chicago Public Schools doesn’t agree to start the school year with full remote learning, sources said Tuesday.It’s not clear if the process would differ from the steps taken before the 11-day teachers strike last fall, but the union’s bylaws require a full membership vote to authorize a strike after the matter comes before the House of Delegates.Educator unions nationwide, including the Illinois Federation of Teachers and American Federation of...
Ohio UAW director accused of harassment resigns, avoiding union trial
A UAW regional director representing union members in Ohio and Indiana who had faced a possible union trial over harassment claims is resigning.The news of Region 2B Director Rich Rankin’s resignation, which was effective immediately, as both regional director and a UAW employee was announced in a joint statement from the UAW and Rankin Tuesday afternoon. The union said it was withdrawing with prejudice the union charges under Article 30 of the UAW constitution, and Rankin did not admit wrongdoing.“Director Rankin’s resignation was a personal decision and does not reflect an admission of any k...
Detroit Free Press
'Forced labor': Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line crew say they've been working without pay
MIAMI — As cruise companies begin to operate passenger cruises again, thousands of crew members remain trapped on ships without pay as they wait to be sent home.For crew on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in Palm Beach, the delay has been especially grim. Cleaners and cooks have been working since mid-March without pay, according to two crew members and a lawsuit filed in Miami federal court Tuesday. The suit accuses the company of engaging in “forced labor,” among other claims.The company did not respond to a request for comment.Cruise companies have been staying afloat ...
Lions' Jayron Kearse suspended 3 games for violating NFL's substance abuse policy
DETROIT — Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.Kearse was arrested last October as a member of the Minnesota Vikings and charged with driving while impaired and possession of a firearm.He signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Lions this offseason, and Lions coach Matt Patricia said Friday the organization knew Kearse might be subject to league discipline.“We were aware of the situation in free agency,” Patricia said. “Obviously, vetted the situation. We talked with Jayron and felt comfortabl...
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Chiefs running back Damien Williams opts out of season due to COVID-19 concerns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs will begin training camp without a key member of their Super Bowl-winning offense.Running back Damien Williams on Wednesday informed the Chiefs that he will opt out of playing in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team announced via Twitter.“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season.”Williams becomes...
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Giants tackle Nate Solder opts out of season, citing son's cancer and his own cancer history
NEW YORK — Giants left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the 2020 NFL season on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Solder, 32, is a cancer survivor, which qualifies him as “higher risk” in the NFL’s and NFL Players’ Association’s COVID Amendments to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement.Solder’s 5-year-old son Hudson also continues to battle cancer himself.As a higher risk player, Solder is eligible for a stipend of $350,000 instead of the $9.9 million in base salary he was scheduled to make. He already was paid a $3 million roster bonus, though, for being on the roster past March 18.Sold...
New York Daily News
Dieter Kurtenbach: Why are the 49ers paying everyone but George Kittle?
The 49ers have been awfully generous as of late.Head coach Kyle Shanahan has a new contract. General manager John Lynch landed a new five-year contract Wednesday. The team even added incentives to running back Raheem Mostert’s contract just days after his agent feebly demanded a trade on Twitter.With all of this greenback goodwill flying around, it’s fair to wonder when the team’s best player — tight end George Kittle — will be paid.Not anytime soon, is the answer.Kittle, who reported to 49ers camp this week, is in the last year of his rookie contract and is looking for a massive new deal — on...
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Websites used woman's image to illustrate online stories about workplace harassment. Now she's suing them
With cameras everywhere these days, you never know where your image might turn up.Jovanna Bastien learned this the hard way in April when a photo of her appeared on Yahoo’s news website to illustrate a story about a group of McDonald’s employees suing the fast food giant over alleged sexual harassment.The problem was that Bastien isn’t one of the McDonald’s employees suing the company. And the former employee of a McDonalds in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., says she wasn’t sexually harassed or abused there.Now the woman is suing parent companies of two websites that posted her photo next to stories...
Stephen Jones says Cowboys are hopeful for suspended DE Randy Gregory's return
With less than two weeks before the scheduled start of training camp, the NFL has yet rule on the reinstatement petition of indefinitely suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones said the team remains hopeful for Gregory’s return, though nothing is guaranteed and time is dwindling.The 2015 second-round pick has been suspended for 46 games of his career and he has not played since 2018.The new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players Association ends the policy of suspending players for positive marijuana tests. But it does ...
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