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Silicon Valley's Wage Theft Epidemicnew

A series of egregious wage theft cases show how Silicon Valley’s disruptive industries can open the door for employee abuse.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  03-10-2016  |  Business & Labor

Homeless Techie Launches Janitorial Startupnew

British ex-pat Simon Brooks stumbled into the cleaning business after a failed tech venture left him broke and homeless in Silicon Valley.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  02-25-2016  |  Business & Labor

High price of failure: another government bailout for coal mining in Svalbardnew

The price of keeping Store Norske barely alive keeps increasing, with the government now asking Parliament for 749 million kroner during the next four years to support operations at Mine 7 and maintenance of two larger mines in the hope coal prices recover.
Icepeople  |  Mark Sabbatini  |  02-05-2016  |  Business & Labor

Longyearbyen's Post-Coal Fate Appears Fishynew

For the first time since the coal mining crisis crippled Longyearbyen's economic foundation more than a year ago, it's a good thing lots of folks are in a crabby mood as a change to Norway's Marine Resources Act will allow seafood processing facilities in Svalbard.
Icepeople  |  Mark Sabbatini  |  01-19-2016  |  Business & Labor

California Nudist Resort Exploits Workersnew

A lawsuit claims that the owners of Los Gatos nudist resort Lupin Lodge effectively reduced dozens of live-in workers to indentured servitude.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  10-22-2015  |  Business & Labor

Lawmakers brewing up reform to help craft beer industrynew

Raise your mugs, craft beer drinkers and give a hardy “here-here” to the members of the congressional small brewers caucuses, which are not groups of lawmakers who gather for Capitol Hill happy hours. Rather, members of the House Small Brewers Caucus and the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus are leading an effort to reform federal regulations to help the craft beverage industry grow and modernize. Members include Wisconsin Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  09-30-2015  |  Business & Labor

Iconic Bakery Dogged by Racism, Retaliation Allegationsnew

Peters’ Bakery has done business in East San Jose for nearly 80 years, but a legal dispute between the owner and a worker has turned ugly.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  08-14-2015  |  Business & Labor

I Was an Undercover Uber Drivernew

I drove a hundred rides for UberX to fact-check whether a middle-of-the-pack driver can make $90,000 a year. This is what I learned.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Emily Guendelsberger  |  05-15-2015  |  Business & Labor

Iowa Landowner Offers Details on Bakken Pipeline Prostitution Allegationsnew

Hughie Tweedy says an agent representing Dakota Access LLC has offered to buy him sex in exchange for access to his land. Tweedy’s property, located in Lee County Iowa, falls within the path of the proposed Bakken pipeline.
Little Village  |  Drew Bulman  |  05-14-2015  |  Business & Labor

How to Build a Brewerynew

It's not for the Mild.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Jonathan Wells  |  04-22-2015  |  Business & Labor

A scheme to lower engineers’ wagesnew

Qualcomm’s stated motivation behind the push for H-1B workers is H-1BS. The (false) case for foreign tech workers.
San Diego Reader  |  Don Bauder  |  03-13-2015  |  Business & Labor

Welcome to Taco Hellnew

Fast-food workers, particularly in Oakland, often face extremely dangerous conditions, while toiling long hours for corporations that refuse to pay a living wage.
East Bay Express  |  Darwin BondGraham  |  02-25-2015  |  Business & Labor

Why Some Raleigh Residents are Uptight About Airbnb'snew

Like many cities, Raleigh is grappling with how to regulate Airbnb and companies like it.
INDY Week  |  Jane Porter and Franny Badger  |  01-29-2015  |  Business & Labor

Enabling Employers to Help Disabled Peoplenew

A Mississippi advocacy group wants some state agencies to give closer consideration to people with disabilities when it comes to hiring decisions.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  01-18-2015  |  Business & Labor

Wage Theftnew

Wage theft is committed in communities all over the U.S. Wage claims are made when workers don’t get overtime, when workers get break time deducted from their wages but don’t get their full breaks or when workers don’t get their last paycheck. Sometimes workers never get paid at all.
Eugene Weekly  |  Camilla Mortensen  |  11-16-2014  |  Business & Labor

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