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Today’s News & Commentary — June 21, 2018

Published June 21st, 2018 -

This morning the White House plans to announce a proposal to merge the Departments of Labor and Education.  The idea is just the latest iteration of a decades-long conservative effort to downsize the federal government, but an early step in a broader restructuring planned under the current administration.  Any merger would require congressional approval, however, and previous proposals to eliminat... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 20, 2018

Published June 20th, 2018 -

Immigrant workers’ groups, led by the Domestic Workers Alliance, are organizing nationwide protests to end family separation at the border. Outrage escalated this week as Border Patrol separated thousands of children, including toddlers, from parents seeking asylum — with few plan to reunite them. As audio and photos emerge of children held in cages and tent camps, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigra... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 19, 2018

Published June 19th, 2018 -

In the wake of the Epic Systems decision, U.S. companies are flocking to include forced arbitration and class action waiver clauses in their contracts.  Attorney Ron Chapman of Ogletree Deakins helped create an arbitration clause generator on his firm’s website that went live soon after the ruling.  “A lot of companies were waiting on the Supreme Court to see whether it was permissible... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 18, 2018

Published June 18th, 2018 -

A new report shows that workers paid the minimum wage can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S., the Hill reports. The report, released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, concludes that even the newly popular $15 an hour minimum wage would not cover the cost of rent for a “decent” two-bedroom apartment in most states. The study defined an affordable apa... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 16 – 17, 2018

Published June 17th, 2018 -

Longtime liberal labor activist Ed “Oil Can” Sadlowski passed away on Sunday, June 10, after a years-long battle with Lewy body dementia.  Mr. Sadlowski was elected president of United Steelworkers Local 65 at a mere 26 years of age, More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 15, 2018

Published June 15th, 2018 -

A potential city of Anaheim living wage ordinance has reached a crucial milestone of support, and, if passed, would give Disneyland workers $18 an hour fixed to the cost of living, the Los Angeles Times reports. As OnLabor previously reported, the fight to better the working conditions of Disneyland workers has made headlines recently, with the Guardian publishing Senator Bernie Sanders’ impassion... More »

In Memoriam: Judge Stephen Reinhardt

Published June 13th, 2018 -

The Harvard Law Review dedicated its latest issue to Judge Reinhardt and published a series of In Memoriam pieces about the Judge. The series is available here. My own contribution focused on Rizo v. Yovino, the Equal Pay Act case that Judge Reinhardt authored and that was issued by the ninth circuit shortly after his death. The piece uses Rizo to highlight some characteristic features of the Judg... More »


CWS Surprise!

Published June 11th, 2018 -

Some of the hottest questions in labor policy over the past few years have been: how big is the “gig economy” or the “fissured workplace” or the “on-demand sector”?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics gave its surprising answer t... More »


Could Originalism Save Public Sector Unions?

Published June 7th, 2018 -

Justice Gorsuch’s silence during the Janus oral argument generated considerable buzz.  Wishful (yet tentative) commentators hoped the silence was a sign that the new Justice’s originalism would lead him to uphold Abood.  To b... More »

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