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Tucson approves city Labor Standards Unit, despite advocates' concerns

The city of Tucson is moving ahead with their plans to create a Labor Standards Unit under the control of their Business Services Department. Advocates for Prop. 206, the $15 minimum wage ballot initiative, have said the policy requires a department to enfroce labor law and that this new unit may not cut it. ... Read more»

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$15 minimum wage advocates raise red flag over Tucson's plans for Labor Standards office

Tucson officials are making a mistake, an advocate of higher wages said, by rolling a new Labor Standards office into the city's Business Services Department. The city is preparing for a gradual increase in the minimum wage after Tucson voters approved the measure last fall.... Read more»

CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

$15 minimum wage to go before Tucson voters

An initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Tucson to $15 over the next four years will be on the November ballot, after city officials announced Thursday that there were enough valid signatures on petitions to support the measure.... Read more»

Tucson Fight for $15 organizers file to put minimum wage hike on Nov. ballot

Backers of the "Tucson Fight for $15" initiative delivered about 29,000 signatures to the Tucson City Clerk's Office on Friday, taking a step toward putting a hike in the local minimum wage on the ballot in November's election.... Read more»2

Conover wins Pima County Attorney race, Heinz ousts Valadez from Supes seat

In key Pima County races, Laura Conover won county attorney election with 57%, while Matt Heinz beat out incumbent Supervisor Ramon Valadez in the Democratic primary in District 2.... Read more»

Border Patrol quickly expelling most detained migrants in Az under CV-19 policy

Just 12 people have been held for longer than 48 hours in Tucson Sector custody over the last 30 days, as the agency increasingly relies on a provision employed during the outbreak of COVID-19 that allows agents to immediately expel most people back to Mexico.... Read more»

Trump admin appeals judge's order on 'punitive' conditions in Border Patrol holding cells

Trump administration officials appealed a federal court order that blocks the Border Patrol in Arizona from holding people longer than 48 hours in conditions that are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Peard: Want answers to big challenges? Look to local & state government

What we're learning from COVID-19: Local governments – when they are at their best – are more agile, more responsive, and better-equipped than Washington. Local governments have both the political maneuverability and the legal authority to get things done.... Read more»

Judge: Border Patrol's detention conditions in Az 'violate the Constitution'

A federal judge ruled that conditions at Border Patrol's stations near Tucson are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution," issuing a permanent injunction barring the agency from holding anyone more than 48 hours. ... Read more»

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women testified that they were served bad food and their medical needs were ignored while they endured squalid conditions in Border Patrol facilities as a lawsuit over the treatment of detained migrants continued.... Read more»

El Chisme

Constable Ferguson reporting for duty

The Daily Star newsroom got a little bit sleepier on Tuesday, as longtime political reporter Joe Ferguson became a politician himself, trading his pen for a gun. Despite accusations of "a political favor" and some loud profanity, Pima supervisors appointed him as a constable in JP 9.... Read more»1

Trial begins in drawn-out lawsuit over Border Patrol treatment of detained migrants

An expert witness called overcrowding at Border Patrol detention facilities "simply unacceptable" during testimony Monday as part of a 2015 lawsuit alleging that people are crowded into squalid, freezing cells while in the agency's custody. ... Read more»

Judge dismisses lawsuit by sanctuary city backers as a 'practical matter'

A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by supporters of Tucson's sanctuary initiative Monday, arguing he could not rule "as a practical matter or a matter of law" before next Tuesday's election.... Read more»3

Tucson officials claim 'sanctuary city' lawsuit was 'staged to mislead' voters

In a sharply written motion, the city of Tucson argued that a lawsuit filed by backers of the sanctuary initiative is a "transparently contrived and staged" move to "mislead" voters, and that a "secret recording" shows the backers agree with critiques made by city officials. ... Read more»

Sanctuary City backers sue, claim Tucson officials illegally 'electioneering'

Claiming that Tucson officials are illegally “electioneering” to urge “no” votes on the initiative, backers of the Prop. 205 “Sanctuary City” measure filed suit Wednesday.... Read more»1

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