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A frequent complaint from hourly workers in many businesses is that they do not know what hours they will be working until a new schedule is posted. 

Oregon state law now addresses when that posting has to take place. 

Under the Fair Work Week Law, in effect for three weeks now, some large employers now have to post worker schedules two weeks in advance. 

Oregon Working Families pushed hard to get the bill passed, with help from both parties. 

You notice the singer, the actor, the barista, and the guy at the checkout counter, among others. 

But there are plenty of people who make the world work who you never hear about.  As long as things are working well, anyway.  These are the people David Zweig calls "invisibles." 

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To hear some employers tell it, there's a lot of eye-rolling in the workplace these days: eye-rolling from the young employees given tasks, eye-rolling from the managers assigning tasks. 

Millennials do get a bad rap at work, and Crystal Kadakia explains why and how in her book The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs

Are millennials lazy, entitled, disrespectful, and disloyal?  Kadakia says no, these are all myths. 

She addresses those and moves on to approaches to getting work done and keeping both worker and boss satisfied. 

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Walk out of high school, walk into a factory job.  Stay until 65, then retire.  Millions of Americans followed exactly that pathway for generations. 

They worked hard and were paid well, in money and fringe benefits.  But the social contract changed, as Rick Wartzman points out in his book The End of Loyalty

Wartzman tracks the changes at four major American employers--GM, GE, Kodak, and Coca-Cola--to see just how profoundly the relationship shifted. 

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California public employees belonging to SEIU Local 1000 planned a one-day strike for Monday (December 5th), and ultimately called it off in favor of further bargaining with the state. 

Issues on the table: raises, gender pay differences, and employee health-care payments.  SEIU is the largest public employee union in California. 

John Frahm of the Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council has a broad view of labor and its challenges in his part of California

How Unions Lost Their Power

Dec 2, 2016
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The planned and averted one-day strike by state workers in California is the exception, not the rule, in our time. 

Strikes used to be much more common because union membership used to be much more common.  But union membership has slid over three decades, and so has union influence. 

Management professor Raymond Hogler at Colorado State University argues that declining unions means a declining middle class.  He makes a strong case in his book The End of American Labor Unions

Lining Up The Jobs: "Singletasking"

Jun 25, 2015
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Bosses who want to get more out of workers may suggest multitasking. 

And Devora Zack says they're wrong when they do. 

Zack is an executive coach and consultant, and she has put multitasking behind her, forsaken as an empty promise. 

Her book Singletasking explains the approach, focusing on ONE task at a time. 

Working For Paid Sick Time

Jan 5, 2015
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It's a matter of fact for many full-time workers: feel sick, stay home… and still get paid. 

But paid sick leave is not a given for all workers. 

And that's something the Oregon Legislature will be asked to change in its upcoming session. 

U of O Resident Elder Ramon Ramirez

Nov 21, 2014
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Not everybody gets to go to college.  So certain segments of life and knowledge are just hard to find on campuses. 

Which is why the University of Oregon runs an Elder-in-Residence program. 

It brings to campus an elder from a community that traditionally has little representation in higher education. 

This year's EIR is Ramon Ramirez, founder of PCUN, Oregon's farmworkers union. 

SOU Faculty Votes No Confidence In Administration

Mar 6, 2014

Southern Oregon University professors overwhelmingly lack confidence in the school's administration, according to the results of a confidential vote released yesterday..

The results of the week-long tally, released by the Faculty Senate, show that most of the 217 faculty members who voted have no confidence in the ability of Vice President of Finance and Administration Craig Morris, Provost Jim Klein and President Mary Cullinan.

The Mail Tribune reports that all but one member of the Faculty Senate voted in favor of holding the confidential vote.

Medford Teachers To Vote Next Week

Feb 26, 2014
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Medford teachers won't vote on a tentative contract agreement with the Medford School District until next week, according to the Medford Mail Tribune.

Union officials say they want an informed vote, so they will distribute ballots Monday to union representatives from each school. Those representatives will pass the ballots out to teachers, who will seal their votes in confidential envelopes.

Medford Union Supporters Plan Occupation

Feb 21, 2014

Supporters of the striking Medford teachers are being called to occupy the offices of the Medford School District this morning. A facebook effort has been launched, urging supporters to go to the offices at 7 this morning.

Union officials say they don’t know who is organizing the event, but it is posted as a peaceful protest.

In a comment on the Occupy549C facebook page, the author says he recognizes that teachers will not be able to go on the district property, but urges teachers to ask family and friends to participate.

Strike Talks Continue

Feb 20, 2014
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Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.

The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night.

Teacher Strike Talks Scheduled

Feb 19, 2014
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An unexpected bargaining session took place Tuesday between the Medford School District and its teachers' union. The talks ended with both sides reporting positive movement toward a solution.

Superintendent Phil Long reported progress, but neither side would elaborate on how far they have budged in terms of compensation, working conditions, or early retirement.

Medford Teachers Strike Continues

Feb 18, 2014
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The Medford School District hired 24 more substitute teachers over the holiday weekend and shifted some classified support staff to elementary schools to balance out the adult-to-student ratio, according to district officials.

Classes will resume today after the long holiday weekend.

The Mail Tribune reports that last week, enrollment districtwide dropped from 68 percent Tuesday to 44 percent Friday. Students reported large class sizes and inadequate instruction under substitute teachers.

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

Feb 15, 2014

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

Strike Talks Break Down

Feb 14, 2014
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Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines

Feb 12, 2014

The strike continues in the Medford school district.

Tuesday students were met by substitute teachers who crossed picket lines to get to classrooms. District officials report about 68 percent of students showed up.  According to the Medford Mail Tribune, one North Medford High School student reported class sizes of as many as 60 students. The large size prompted a walkout by the seniors.

Many Medford students will return to class today, but their teachers won’t be there. District teachers have been on strike since Thursday.

After being closed for three days while the Medford School District made strike preparations, schools are reopening today with half-day schedules.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Superintendent Phil Long would not verify exactly how many substitutes the district had hired. He also declined comment on the number of teachers who had decided to return to school despite the strike.

Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford

Feb 10, 2014
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Medford schools are closed today (Monday, February 10) as substitute teachers called in from throughout the state get ready to cross the picket lines tomorrow.

Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday.

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