February 15th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

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In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late January, Amazon executives refused to agree […] More »

February 14th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 14, 2019

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Yesterday New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams introduced two bills that together would require fast-food corporations to demonstrate “just cause” for discharging employees.  The legislation has a broad definition of discharge, encompassing “termination, constructive discharge, reduction in hours [of at least 15% per week], and indefinite […] More »

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Exclusive Representation and the First Amendment

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In Janus, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits mandatory agency fees in the public sector. Although Janus had nothing to do with the constitutional status of exclusive representation, the majority’s... More »

February 13th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2019

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The Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that hears grievance appeals for federal workers, is about to lose its last member. The Board has three seats, two of which have been vacant throughout the Trump administration because of a deadlocked Senate committee, reports the Washington Post. The last remaining […] More »

February 12th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 12, 2019

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Yesterday, teachers in Denver Public Schools walked off the job in the latest iteration of the teachers strikes that have swept the country. The strike, the city’s first in 25 years, follows over 14 months of negotiations between the teachers union and the school district that have focused on how […] More »

February 11th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2019

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Congressional talks over border security broke down Sunday, as the current government funding measure is set to run out this Friday at midnight, the New York Times reports.  If no deal is reached by that time, the government will shut down, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.  The last shutdown […] More »

February 10th, 2019

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Weekend News & Commentary — February 9–10, 2019

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will likely join the 2020 presidential race today, amid stories depicting her tyrannical style of workplace management.  Klobuchar’s habits as a boss have marred her efforts to launch her campaign and distinguish herself in an increasingly crowded race, for she has been unable to secure high-level […] More »

February 8th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 8, 2019

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Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against a transgender employee who brought a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.  Nicole Wittmer, a transgender woman, sued Phillips 66 after the company withdrew an employment offer it made to Wittmer after […] More »

February 7th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

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The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid to workers who received tips — essentially, using […] More »

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