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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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Today’s News & Commentary — October 8, 2018

Published October 8th, 2018 -

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is facing accusations that he discriminated against Native Americans when reassigning 33 career Interior Department officials last summer. Even though Native Americans represent less than 10% of DOI’s workforce, fully one-third of the senior career officials whose jobs he reassigned are Native American, and several others are Black and Latino. Former gove... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much commentary on the process anticipates the outcomes of a conservative bloc, as well as the extent to which the bitter and contentious confirma... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 5, 2018

Published October 5th, 2018 -

This morning, the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A final vote could occur as early as tomorrow. 51 Senators, including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for cloture. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted no. It remains unclear whether the cloture votes of Senators Collins, Flake, and Manchin reflect thei... 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 »