Today's Top Stories

Workers' comp systems getting stricter

State workers’ comp systems in America have little in common, with no federal standards and almost no federal involvement. And now they're putting on the squeeze, tightening eligibility in response to rising medical costs. This year, legislatures in Montana, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas and Washington State made significant changes aimed at cutting costs and demonstrating a more business-friendly climate.

Customers Feel Some Ripples From the Verizon Strike

As a strike by 45,000 Verizon workers approaches the two-week mark, the company’s customers are beginning to feel the impact — and are complaining about it. In photo above, News Media Guild President Tony Winton and TNG-CWA Chairperson Martha Waggoner walk the picket line Friday outside a Verizon retail store in Washington, D.C.; close behind is Jay West, of the Guild's administrative staff.

Striking Verizon workers stage candlelight vigil outside CEO’s NJ home to protest benefit cuts

Hundreds of striking Verizon workers held a candlelight vigil outside their CEO’s mansion Thursday, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the contract demands of blue-collar workers and the quality of life enjoyed by the company’s executives. Wearing red shirts, singing union songs and chanting “What’s disgusting? Union busting,” union members lit candles outside Lowell McAdam’s home as the sun set on Mendham, New Jersey.

No layoffs; 21 Guild members take buyout

A total of 21 Newspaper Guild employees took the latest, pension-based voluntary separation offer presented by The Buffalo News. Management said it came close enough to, or exceeded, its goal of cutting Guild payroll and benefits by $1.8 million and, as a result, does not anticipate layoffs to cut costs. In addition, the company said eight managers took a buyout in a separate voluntary separation offer for management at The News, including two from Editorial.

'Unconference' for young workers coming to Twin Cities next month

With an eye toward developing the next generation of labor activists – and giving their movement a much-needed shot of youthful energy – leaders of the AFL-CIO are bringing Next Up, a summit for young workers, to the Twin Cities next month. Geared toward workers under 35, Next Up is “a creative, dynamic summit designed for young workers, by young workers.” It will take place Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 in Minneapolis, and is open to union and non-union workers alike.

Washington’s Anti-Regulatory Crusade, and Why Your Job Hasn’t Killed You Yet

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is spreading the gospel of Perrynomics—a magical job-creation formula based on minimal government regulation of industry, combined with tiny tax rates and tight controls on lawsuits. In a state that seems inclined to cannibalize its own government, this agenda plays well. But a closer look reveals the high price of low regulation.

Guido Fawkes urges bloggers not to give HuffPo free ride

Blogger Paul Staines has launched a campaign urging bloggers not to give their work away free on the Huffington Post, but instead to join his MessageSpace network of political blogs. Staines said that MessageSpace has paid out hundreds of thousands to blog publishers over the last five years under its 50/50 revenue split model. Huffington Post does not pay its bloggers anything.

Glenn Mulcaire ordered to reveal who told him to hack phones

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking, has been ordered by a court to reveal who instructed him to access the voicemails of model Elle MacPherson and five other public figures including Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes. Mulcaire is due to reveal these details by the end of next week in a move that will throw further light on the scale of phone hacking at the now defunct News International tabloid.

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