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Weekend News and Commentary — July 22, 2018

Published July 22nd, 2018 -

800 adjunct and non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at Fordham University reached their first contract with the university earlier this week. Fordham NTT faculty — represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — won 67%-90% raises for most adjuncts; a minimum salary of $64,000 by end of the contract for full-time NTT faculty; longer-term appointments; just cause protection... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 20, 2018

Published July 20th, 2018 -

For the discriminatory loss of early retirement benefits, the New York State Nurses Association has won a $20.8 million-dollar settlement from New York City.  The city repeatedly denied requests from the Assoc. to classify nursing as a “physically taxing” job, and thus denied nurses early retirement (at age 50).  The New York Times reports that nearly 1700 nurses – those hired beginning in 1965 an... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 19, 2018

Published July 19th, 2018 -

This week the U.S. Labor Department formally rescinded the Obama-era “persuader rule” that mandated employers to disclose information about their one-on-one communications with union-avoidance consultants.  The rule was promulgated under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), but business groups long argued that it impinged on attorney-client privilege and exceeded the scope of... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 18, 2018

Published July 18th, 2018 -

Amazon workers went on strike across Europe during Amazon Prime Day. The yearly shopping sale is the e-commerce giant’s busiest day of the year, usually netting the company more than $2 billion. On Monday, nearly 1,800 warehouse workers walked off site in Spain and Germany to protest low pay and poor benefits. Supporters worldwide organized boycotts in solidarity with striking workers. The average... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 17, 2018

Published July 17th, 2018 -

Seven fast food chains will stop enforcing “no poaching” agreements at all of their locations nationwide after an investigation by 11 state Attorney Generals. About 80% of fast food workers are constricted by these anti-competitive clauses, which critics say is an illegal practice that drives down wages for millions of workers. Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl’s Jr., Cin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 16, 2018

Published July 16th, 2018 -

Workers from the D.C. Metro system’s largest union voted to authorize a strike yesterday, the Washington Post reports. Union members approved the potential strike by a 94 percent margin.  Union leaders have yet to say whether they will go forward with the strike now that they have authorization.  The strike would significantly disrupt a transit system that serves about 1 million people a day. Tesl... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 14–15, 2018

Published July 15th, 2018 -

The Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act when it prohibited employees from wearing  “fight for 15” buttons at work.  Amanda Healey wore a quarter-sized button in April of 2015, and a couple of co-workers caught on, and hoped, too, to show support for the movement for a higher wage. They were told, instead, to comply with a ... More »

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What is Happening to French Labor Law?

Published July 13th, 2018 -

It has been a dramatic year for French unions.  On September 22, 2017 President Emmanuel Macron overhauled his country’s labor law by executive order. This was a major milestone for the young politician who had pledged to tur... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 13, 2018

Published July 13th, 2018 -

Thousands of workers rallied in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, pushing for a solution to the country’s growing pension crisis, the Associated Press reports.  Congressional field hearings on the issue will be held today in Columbus at 2 p.m., and will include both of Ohio’s U.S. senators.  The hearings will examine the financial effects of potential pension failures —pensions which were guaranteed by th... More »

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