This Week in Labor

Ariana Costakes

A legislation was introduced last week by a coalition of labor unions and immigrant advocacy groups to increase penalties for employers that violate minimum-wage and overtime laws, according to an article in The New York Times on March 12th. Supporters of the bill say the penalties for such violations are currently so minimal, that it is cheaper to violate these laws and risk the fines.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/a-move-to-protect-low-wage-workers/

In other labor news, the Transit Workers Union has been negotiating with the MTA to spare hundreds of station agents from being laid off by passing up pay raises for next year, according to an article in AM New York.  These negotiations are still in an embryonic stage and their is not much additional information available as yet.

http://amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/sources-mta-considered-swapping-layoffs-for-raise-freeze-1.1777298

-Ariana Costakes

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