May 24th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 24, 2019

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A New York State appeals court has ruled that farmworkers have a fundamental right to unionize.  The 4 – 1 decision invalidates a portion of a 1937 law that specifically excludes farmworkers in New York from exercising collective bargaining rights.  The suit began in 2016, after Crispin Hernandez, a dairy worker, was […] More »

May 23rd, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2019

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Yesterday the NLRB ruled against the UAW in its bid for a new election to represent both skilled production and maintenance employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In December 2015, the Board certified the UAW as the representative of only the maintenance employees following an election victory for […] More »

May 22nd, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary—May 22, 2019

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On Tuesday, a group of labor organizations filed 23 new sexual harassment charges and lawsuits against McDonald’s. The Fight for $15 organization, the ACLU, and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund filed 20 complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and three civil rights lawsuits, alleging gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, […] More »


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Progressive Federalism in the Wake of Janus

Published May 22nd, 2019 -

When the Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME last year, the five-justice majority invalidated key provisions of collective bargaining agreements governing millions of workers across twenty-two states. Specifically, the Cour... More »

May 21st, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2019

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A New York Times investigation revealed what really burst the taxi medallion bubble. The recent deaths of many New York City taxi drivers by suicide has drawn attention to their debt burdens and financial struggles in a swiftly changing economy. While city officials blamed competition from transportation apps like Uber […] More »

May 20th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 20, 2019

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Hilton Embassy suites employees, represented by UNITE HERE Local, are bargaining for a voice in how their employer uses automated technology. Hilton employees are following the lead of Marriott workers whose contract, secured after the largest hotel strike in U.S. history, requires notice before Marriott expands its use of technology. […] More »


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The New Job Market is Online: YouTube

Published May 20th, 2019 -

For some, YouTube is a website to watch the occasional funny panda video. For others, it has become their primary source of income. One of the most successful examples of this is Dude Perfect, a channel featuring five guys wh... More »

May 19th, 2019

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Weekend News & Commentary — May 18-19, 2019

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A nonprofit called Mined Minds promised to turn former coal miners in West Virginia into skilled coders, with the goal to “diversify the economy of an entire region.” However, the New York Times profiled graduates of the program, who said that the skills training was inadequate and the tech jobs […] More »

May 17th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 17, 2019

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Both houses of Mexico’s legislature passed a domestic workers’ rights bill, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is expected to sign into law.  The bill extends Mexico’s minimum wages and benefits — including social security, healthcare, and maternity leave — to the country’s domestic workers.  The bill also bans children […] More »

May 16th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2019

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) wrote to the National Mediation Board yesterday to accuse Delta of illegally interfering with the right of baggage handlers and flight attendants to make a free choice on unionization.  The complaint follows a week in which one of Delta’s anti-union posters […] More »

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