Good Jobs First Blog

Jul
17
2019

GASB 77 Update: Second Year’s Disclosures Again Uneven

By Christine Wen

 

July 17, 2019

 

As Good Jobs First readers know, a new government accounting rule called GASB Statement 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures took effect in 2016/FY 2017, so we are now getting the second year of new disclosures. For the first time ever, most governments

Jun
24
2019

Remembering Larry Hanley, a community organizer disguised as a labor leader

The recent passing of Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), is far more than a great loss for his union’s 200,000 members. It’s a setback for transit advocacy, environmentalism, grassroots organizing and progressive politics.

Jun
19
2019

Employer Payouts in Background-Check Class Actions Top $170 Million

Washington, DC, June 19, 2019--A new compilation of court records finds that over the past decade employers have paid out $174 million to resolve class-action lawsuits alleging that they violated federal rules governing the use of background-check reports on job applicants. Companies providing those reports have paid out another $152 million when they have been sued directly.

Apr
3
2019

Retirement-Plan Class Action Payouts by Large Corporations Top $6 Billion

A new compilation of court records finds that large corporations have paid out $6.2 billion in class-action lawsuits in which employees claimed that the companies acted improperly in the administration of their 401(k) or defined-benefit pension or retiree health plans. That’s the total of 201 settlements and verdicts since the

Apr
1
2019

Amazon Apologizes, Foxconn Folds, Big Oil Fesses Up

Corporate America got religion ahead of Easter this year, as peace broke out in America’s tax-break war among the states.