Rail Giant BNSF Accused of Telling Arbitrator: ‘Our Way or the Highway’ — Fairwarning.org Report

A run-of-the-mill employment dispute could become a major embarrassment for railroad giant BNSF over an allegation that a senior executive threatened to blackball an arbitrator from the industry if she ruled against the company. In a federal court case set to go to trial the week of Sept. 14 in Tacoma, Wash., a fired BNSF Railway Co. employee accuses the company of legal corruption. The suit claims that the BNSF executive pressured the arbitrator to reverse a proposed ruling that initially was in the worker’s favor.

Wage Theft Reform In Iowa Stalls This Year

Wage theft in Iowa amounts to stealing a year of earnings from an estimated 39,392 minimum wage workers, totaling about $594 million, according to statistics gleaned from an Iowa Policy Project report. That’s one of the reasons the Iowa Legislature considered a bill this year to help stop businesses from cheating workers.