May 16th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2019

Published May 16th, 2019 -

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 »

October 7th, 2018

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Weekend News & Commentary

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 […] More »

August 5th, 2018

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Weekend News and Commentary — August 5, 2018

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Friday morning, the Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative labor agreement with two of its employees’ largest unions.  The labor agreement is merely tentative at this point because it must still be ratified by the full membership of both More »


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Janus and the Private Sector

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

In the grim aftermath of Janus v. AFSCME, discussion has focused on what the decision portends for agency fee agreements in the private sector. Given the cloud of doom that has descended on many of us, it’s not surprising that pessimism abounds. There is thus speculation that Janus will soon be exported to […] More »

April 3rd, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary – April 3, 2018

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that service advisers at car dealerships are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro et. al.  Justice Thomas, writing for the majority, concluded that service advisors were salesmen based on the word’s ordinary meaning.  The case […] More »

April 2nd, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 2, 2018

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The Huffington Post examines how the SEIU’s “Fight for $15” campaign–intended to to raise fast-food workers’ wages to fifteen dollars an hour in many urban areas–has been affected by the Trump administration.  Available data indicates that the SEIU decreased its fast-food organizing expenditures from $19 million in 2016 to More »

March 30th, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 30, 2018

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Yesterday, President Trump made his first public appearance in five days, speaking with local workers in Richfield, Ohio. ABC News reports that he publicized his administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, expressing openness to a piecemeal approach in recognition of Congress’s lack of movement on the proposal. Richard Trumka, president of […] More »


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A Narrow Preemption Exception

Published October 23rd, 2017 -

The Ninth Circuit issued a decision this week on whether the City of Los Angeles can include in its contracts with companies doing business at LAX a requirement that they enter into labor peace agreements or whether such a contract clause is preempted by the NLRA.  Specifically, the city conditions […] More »

April 24th, 2017

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 24, 2017

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The National Labor Relations Board has recommended that a new election be held for Harvard graduate students who sought to unionize last November, according to the Harvard Crimson.  The Board found that Harvard had not complied with requirements to provide a list of eligible voters, and that they may need […] More »

February 9th, 2017

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2016

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President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on February 16. This is the fourth time the hearing has been scheduled after delays which, according to The Hill, gave Puzder more time to separate himself from […] More »