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Walmart's Tireless Cost-Cutting Drives Down Workers' Wages, Report Says

Walmart's Tireless Cost-Cutting Drives Down Workers' Wages, Report Says

Walmart is often credited with lowering the prices of consumer goods. Now the big-box retailer is being credited -- or more precisely, blamed -- for driving down some workers' wages and benefits. According to a new report by a pro-labor group, the National Employment Law Project, workers employed by... Read More »

Calif. Moves To Protect Muslim, Sikh 'Religious Dress' At Work

Calif. Moves To Protect Muslim, Sikh 'Religious Dress' At Work

By Juliet Williams SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects. The bill's... Read More »

'Undercover Boss': Fastsigns International CEO Admits She's A Workaholic

'Undercover Boss': Fastsigns International CEO Admits She's A Workaholic

Even if you know your ultimate goal, you may need a sign to direct you. If there was anyone who should be adept at seeing and reading the signs, you would think it would be Catherine Monson, CEO of Fastsigns International, the country's largest custom signs company. But by Monson's own telling, it wasn't until... Read More »

Taxi Driver's Viral Videos Boost Business: 3 Tips

Taxi Driver's Viral Videos Boost Business: 3 Tips

Dave Rivera received some funny calls on Monday. One person dialed him and said, "Just wanted to give you a shout-out," and hung up. Another person sang the lyrics to Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," and hung up. Someone else said, "You're stupid," and hung up. That's what happens when 90,000 people watch... Read More »

Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

A former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after she admitted to embezzling $2.2 million. Read More »

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

When Anthony Almeida's fellow firefighters learned that he had been sexually abused by a priest as a child, some apparently thought that was hilarious. It certainly proved great fodder for lewd jokes. But there's little to laugh at now -- as the Los Angeles City Fire Department recently agreed to pay Almeida... Read More »

Postal Worker Dies From Stroke After Pit Bull Attack

Postal Worker Dies From Stroke After Pit Bull Attack

An attack by an unleashed pit bull on a San Diego-area letter carrier contributed to the postal worker's death two days later from a stroke, authorities say. The carrier, 59-year old Diane Jansen of Sun City, had been working her route for 5½ years in the northern San Diego suburb of Escondido. Read More »

Calif. Teacher Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past

Calif. Teacher Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past

A California middle-school science teacher who moonlighted as a porn actress has been placed on leave after administrators discovered that the videos could be seen by anyone online -- including her students. The teacher, Stacie Halas, 31, was removed from her classroom at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate... Read More »

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

Working at a car wash may be better than digging a ditch, as the 1970s hit song says, but employees in New York City who work cleaning cars and trucks say pay and working conditions need vast improvement. A report released Tuesday shows that car-wash workers are paid less than minimum wage, routinely denied... Read More »

Recovery Bypasses Silicon Valley Non-Tech Workers

Recovery Bypasses Silicon Valley Non-Tech Workers

By Marcus Wholsen MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Daniel Macias is the face of Silicon Valley seldom seen by those who don't live there. When he was 19, he wasn't starting what would become one of the world's most successful tech companies, like Mark Zuckerberg did at that age when he founded Facebook. Macias spent... Read More »

Report: Silicon Valley Sees Growth In Jobs, Wealth

Report: Silicon Valley Sees Growth In Jobs, Wealth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday. Read More »

Police Officers' Photos With Scantily Clad Women Trigger Investigation

Police Officers' Photos With Scantily Clad Women Trigger Investigation

Images of police officers posed with scantily clad women have triggered an investigation in Modesto, Calif., after the racy photos were sent to its police department, City Hall and news media earlier this week. The photos show two uniformed Modesto police officers along with several woman wearing revealing... Read More »

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

Working at a car wash may not be the most glamorous job, but for workers at several of them in California it's gotten a little more rewarding. Owners of eight car washes across the state have agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages and penalties for underpaying the workers and denying them rest and... Read More »

Nurses' Strike Over Health Care Could Affect Yours

Nurses' Strike Over Health Care Could Affect Yours

Hospitals have become the latest enemy of the common man. A few months after 23,000 registered nurses in California staged a one-day strike, they're planning to do it again. And in the coming weeks, 6,000 New York nurses are poised to follow suit. There are rumblings of the same thing in New Jersey and... Read More »

Calif. Startup Sees Entrepreneur-Ship As Visa Solution

Calif. Startup Sees Entrepreneur-Ship As Visa Solution

By Brooke Donald SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- You've heard of tech companies starting in a Silicon Valley garage. What about on a ship? That's the idea being floated by a California startup that wants to dock a vessel off the coast to house foreign entrepreneurs who have dreams of creating the next Google... Read More »

Unemployment Drops In Three-Quarters Of U.S. States

Unemployment Drops In Three-Quarters Of U.S. States

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains. Unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only 5, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Rates were... Read More »

Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally In Oakland

Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally In Oakland

By Terence Chea and Lisa Leff OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday as they geared up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest... Read More »

Obama Heads West To Talk Jobs

Obama Heads West To Talk Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is heading west Monday morning to pitch his American Jobs Act in Las Vegas and speak at campaign events there and in California. Read More »

Cities With The Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates

Cities With The Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of large U.S. cities in August, despite zero job growth nationwide. Here are the cities with the highest and lowest rates: 10 Cities With The Highest Unemployment Rates -- August 2011 El Centro, Calif. 32.4 Yuma, Ariz. 29.4 Merced, Calif.... Read More »

23,000 California Nurses On Strike

23,000 California Nurses On Strike

Nurses in California are willing to play the ultimate card -- the countless services they provide to the state's ailing and ill. Read More »

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