U.S. Steel wins in Supreme Court labor fight


The Supreme Court handed a victory to employers today by ruling that a group of unionized steel workers does not have to be paid for the time they spend "donning and doffing" safety gear before and after their shifts.

The ruling came in a case involving workers at a U.S. Steel (X) plant that was closely watched by industries that employ workers who wear safety clothing.

The decision makes it harder for unionized workers to seek pay for time spent changing clothes before and after work if it is not specifically addressed during labor negotiations; such claims have been the subject of much litigation.

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