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Picking the New Secretary of Labor: A Backgrounder on Scott Walker

Published November 16th, 2016 -

This post is part of a series on the candidates we understand to be under consideration for Secretary of Labor. Scott Walker, the current governor of Wisconsin, is perhaps best known for his vehemently anti-union policies. Walker was first elected governor in 2010, survived a recall election in 2012, and […] More »

November 12th, 2018

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Daily News & Commentary

Published November 12th, 2018 -

After winning back the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s election, House Democrats plan to grill President Trump’s Department of Labor about its policies regarding tipped workers.  In December, the DOL proposed a rule allowing employers who pay tipped workers the minimum wage to take their workers’ tips.  According to […] More »

November 8th, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2018

Published November 8th, 2018 -

In its first opinion of the term, the Supreme Court unanimously (8-0) ruled in favor of the employees in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, holding that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all public employers regardless of employee headcount.  The ADEA defines an employer as “a […] More »

November 7th, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 7th, 2018 -

Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives in a high-stakes election last night — with tremendous consequences for working people and economic justice. Democrats netted 26 seats in the House, giving the party a new check on the Trump Administration and the power to block GOP-led legislation. As expected, […] More »

August 30th, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 30, 2018

Published August 30th, 2018 -

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ support for labor unions continues to remain high at 62 percent approval.  This year’s level of support is the highest since 2003, when 65 percent of Americans approved of organized labor, and is on par with last year’s 61 percent figure.  The same […] More »


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Coverage on Janus Cert. Grant

Published September 29th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court decided yesterday to hear Janus v. AFSCME.  The Court seems poised to hold that agency-fee agreements for public sector workers are unconstitutional.  Since the order, reports and commentaries have analyzed Janus‘s threat to public sector workers, and its stakes for U.S. organized labor. The Chicago Tribune explains that the case began […] More »

April 21st, 2017

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 21, 2017

Published April 21st, 2017 -

Amidst a UAW-driven unionization effort, workers at Tesla’s Fremont, CA factory have filed a charge of unfair labor practices with the NLRB.  The workers allege that Tesla spied, coerced, and intimidated the workers, and prevented them from communicating with one another.  These efforts, they allege, violate multiple sections of the […] More »

February 7th, 2017

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2016

Published February 7th, 2017 -

The Justice Department filed a brief in the 9th Circuit in support of its motion to stay the injunction barring enforcement of the order. An hourlong oral argument is scheduled for today. SEIU and the Washington State Labor Council filed two amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs.The SEIU’s brief focuses […] More »


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Labor in the Trump Years: A Series

Published November 16th, 2016 -

The election of Donald Trump along with a Republican Congress presents a set of profound challenges and questions for the labor movement and for workers.  As the readers of OnLabor know, the election of 2016 may mean (among other things): a national right to work law for the private sector; national […] More »


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Filling the Cabinet: Candidates for Secretary of Labor

Published November 14th, 2016 -

Over the next few days, OnLabor will run a series of backgrounder posts on the candidates we understand to be under consideration for Secretary of Labor.  We start today with Victoria Lipnic, an EEOC Commissioner, who according to several published accounts is the leading contender.  Coming soon: Scott Walker. More »