Labor News And Notes Round-up By Kenneth Quinnell 12/29/11 12:00pm Click here for reuse options! The latest stories from the front lines of the labor fight across the country... 8 states have raised their minimum wage for the beginning of 2012. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposes a living wage for New Yorkers. Washington Mutual made a hostile workplace for employee who refused to push predatory loans on vulnerable customers. The Lewis & Clark pipeline will bring running water to 300,000 people and create lots of new jobs. Wal-Mart's Rob Walton was named Scrooge of the Year by Jobs With Justice. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act requires mining firms to reveal their safety records. A U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the new union election rule for aviation and rale workers. Click here for reuse options!