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Today’s News & Commentary — December 17, 2018

Published December 17th, 2018 -

Workers at Silicon Valley firms are using their stock-based compensation to demand changes in their companies, the New York Times reports.  In late November and early December this year, over a dozen Amazon employees filed identical shareholder petitions asking their employer to release a plan to address climate change.  The Amazon employee actions come after similar activity by Google employees t... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 15–16, 2018

Published December 16th, 2018 -

Friday night, Grinnell College’s undergraduate union announced that it will withdraw its petition to the National Labor Relations Board in order to prevent a ruling from harming other student unions.  The student union earlier voted to expand membership to cover all student workers, but the liberal arts college objected and appealed to the NLRB.  The college asked the NLRB to overturn the 2016 Col... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 14, 2018

Published December 14th, 2018 -

A restaurant workers’ organization is appealing a D.C. Superior Court’s order that blocked a referendum to raise D.C.’s sub-minimum base wage for tipped workers. In many states, including D.C., tipped workers like waiters, bartender, and manicurists can be paid a sub-minimum base wage — which, in D.C., is just $3.33 an hour — that is (in theory) supplemented by tips. The #OneFairWage ballot initia... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 13, 2018

Published December 13th, 2018 -

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have announced their effort to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Workers cite inadequate pay; 12-hour shifts with insufficient breaks; unreasonable hourly quotas; unpaid time spent waiting in security lines; and unsafe working conditions as some of their primary concerns.  At a press conference outside City Hal... More »

Clean Slate Update

Published December 12th, 2018 - and

Last spring, we promised to share information about the project we’ve launched at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power: A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Reform.” On Labor Day,  we laid out our vision for this ambitious project:  (1) reimagining collective bargaining; (2) expanding the range of available worker organizations; (3) ensuring that collective action lev... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 12, 2018

Published December 12th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board has announced that it will extend the deadline for receiving public comments on its proposed joint-employer rule until at least January 14.  Under the the proposed rule, a company would be deemed a joint employer of another company’s employee only if it controls the “essential terms and conditions” of employment, such as hiring, firing, discipline, sup... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 11, 2018

Published December 11th, 2018 -

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French people Monday as France headed into a fourth week of civil unrest, introducing a series of measures he hopes will quell violent protests across the country. In a 13-minute speech, Macron declared a state of emergency and offered a series of concessions to the gilets jaunes – yellow vests – calling for his resignation. Macron’s concessions to pl... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Published December 7th, 2018 -

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report: unemployment remains at 3.7% for the third month, and the U.S. added 155,000 nonfarm jobs.  Reactions are mixed; while the report is “weaker than expected,” it is also a sign of an expansive and overall healthy economy, note commentators in the New York Times. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the Italian-American auto make... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 3, 2018

Published December 3rd, 2018 -

General Motor’s recent plant closings may be a warning of things to come for salaried workers, the Associated Press reports.  The cuts included many workers with college degrees, reflecting that in this era of rapid technological change, jobs once thought secure are not necessarily insulated from the kind of layoffs factory workers have been experiencing for decades.  In fact, the Associated... More »

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