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Watch Out Workers, Here Comes Brett Kavanaugh

Published July 10th, 2018 -

In 2010, a trainer at SeaWorld drowned when the killer whale she was working with during a performance “grabbed her and pulled her off the platform into the pool, refusing to release her.”  The Occupational Safety and Health ... More »

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The Kavanaugh Nomination and Labor

Published July 10th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  Kavanaugh currently serves as a judge on the United States Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Cir... More »

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How We Value Investors and Workers

Published September 25th, 2018 -

I wrote about the now-infamous case where Brett Kavanaugh dissented from an opinion upholding a fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against SeaWorld after a killer whale lived up to its name by ki... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — September 22-23, 2018

Published September 23rd, 2018 -

Nurses unions around the country are advocating for safe staffing levels at hospitals, i.e. limiting the number of patients assigned to each nurse so that nurses can provide safer care.  For instance, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is promoting a ballot initiative this November (Ballot Question #1) that would establish safe staffing levels. Hospital executives are campaigning to defeat the i... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 11, 2018

Published September 11th, 2018 -

The New York Times reports that children fare better when their teachers are diverse. The majority of U.S. teachers are white women—77% of teachers are women, and 80% are white—but research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when at least one teacher shares their race or gender. For example, when black children had a single black teacher between third and fifth grades, boys were signifi... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 4, 2018

Published September 4th, 2018 -

As we covered yesterday, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka recently questioned the feasibility of a trade deal that included Mexico but not Canada –a scenario President Trump has suggested is under consideration.  Additionally, Trumka stated More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2018

Published August 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act, a plan to reduce income inequality while still operating within a capitalist framework.  The goal is to make large companies responsive not only to their shareholders, but also to their employees.  Under the bill, corporations with more than one billion dollars in annual revenue would be required to procure a federal cor... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — Aug. 11–12, 2018

Published August 12th, 2018 -

U.S. workers’ real wages fell last year, the Labor Department reported Friday, as scant wage gains were wiped out by inflation. Between July 2017 and July 2018, average hourly pay increased 2.7% — but with cost of living increasing by 2.9% in the same period, workers’ purchasing power actually decreased. Workers’ wages have been stagnant since the Great Recession ground to an end in 2010. For year... More »