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Here's something you don't see every day: Joe Lueken, owner of two Minnesota grocery stores, is retiring. And he's leaving the business to the workers:
"My employees are largely responsible for any success I've had, and they deserve to get some of the benefits of that," Lueken told the Star Tribune. "You can't always take. You also have to give back."
Plenty of business owners would totally disagree with him about that; after all, the Wall Street economy is pretty much entirely about always taking and never giving back. Which makes it especially nice to hear Lueken's stance.

A fair day's wage

  • HEI Hotels has settled with 18 workers for $130,000 for denying them meal and rest breaks in violation of California law.
  • Workers at Manhattan's Hot and Crusty have a collective bargaining agreement after a two-month shutdown intended to kill their union. Hot and Crusty will reopen December 17.
  • The Supreme Court is considering who counts as a supervisor. Is it just the person who hired you and can fire you, or is it someone who exerts control over your daily work even if they can't fire you? This is a question with major stakes for harassment cases.
  • Garment workers in Bangladesh continue to protest over the weekend's deadly fire. Three supervisors in the factory and two alleged saboteurs have been arrested.

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