Turkey Illegally Returning Syrian Refugees, U.S. Women's Soccer Team Files Wage Complaint


Turkey ‘illegally returning Syrian refugees’-Amnesty-BBC News

Amnesty International has reported that Turkey has been illegally returning thousands of refugees back to Syria. About 100 Syrians have been sent back to Syria every day since mid-January breaking international law, Amnesty International said. This report comes before April 4 when Turkey is supposed to receive migrants from Greece under a new deal with the European Union that gives Turkey aid for receiving these migrants. “In their desperation to seal their borders, EU leaders have willfully ignored the simplest of facts: Turkey is not a safe country for Syrian refugees and is getting less safe by the day, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty’s director for Europe and Central Asia said.

US Women’s Soccer Team’s Fight Goes Beyond Wages-CBS News

Five U.S. women soccer players Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo have filed a claim against the U.S Soccer Federation arguing that they earn nearly four times less than their male counterparts.The complaint has been filed with the Equal Opportunity Commission including details that the players on the U.S. women’s team each received $2 million for winning the Women’s World Cup while the men each received $9 million for losing in the round of 16. The women’s players have also argued that most of their games are played on artificial turf, which leaves them more susceptible to injury before filing this complaint. “This is a time when we need to push for equality, and we need to push for what’s right. And people are paying attention,” Solo said on “CBS This Morning”.

New York Budget Deal With Higher Minimum Wage is Reached-NY Times

On Thursday, New York became the second state after California to reach a budget agreement that would increase minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018. The movement for an increase in minimum wage began in New York in 2012 when fast- food workers started the Fight for $15 starting a nationwide effort to increase wages and receive support from unions. The New York minimum wage deal comes with another measure that will allow employees in the state of New York 12 weeks of paid time off to care for sick relatives, newborns and families dealing with deployment. "This is the smartest, safest way to go about it, in my opinion," Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said.