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Today’s News & Commentary — December 4, 2018

Published December 4th, 2018 -

Yesterday, striking hotel workers and Marriott reached a contract agreement to end San Francisco’s largest hotel strike in decades. The strike, which began nearly two months ago on October 4, affected seven San Francisco hotels operated by Marriott. Almo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 20, 2018

Published November 20th, 2018 -

After years of refusing to recognize its graduate student union in contravention of federal labor law, Columbia University has finally agreed to bargain with the union in the coming months, its president and provost announced Monday afternoon. Columbia Univers... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 9, 2018

Published November 9th, 2018 -

After more than 20,000 workers walked out last week in protest of the company’s handling of sexual misconduct, Google announced that it would no longer require claims of sexual harassment or assault to be funneled into secret forced arbitration—one of the walk... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 6, 2018

Published November 6th, 2018 -

Today is Election Day, with enormous consequences for working people nationwide as the fates of the House, Senate, governorships, and state legislatures around the country hang in the balance. Many critical races remain too close to predict. Federal law does n... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 23, 2018

Published October 23rd, 2018 -

Over the weekend, the New York Times broke the news that the Trump administration is again seeking new ways to attack transgender people’s civil rights. A memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services revealed its intention to define gende... More »

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... More »

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 clotur... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 25, 2018

Published September 25th, 2018 -

The New York Times reported that thousands of workers at Marriott hotels from Hawaii to Massachusetts have voted to authorize their union, Unite Here, to strike over the past two weeks. But alongside the usual demands, like higher wages and better workplace pr... More »

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 teache... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2018

Published August 17th, 2018 -

In the forthcoming September issue of Vanity Fair, Uber engineer-turned-Silicon Valley watchdog Susan Fowler examines the future of the gig economy. In her piece entitled, “What Have We Done?: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 14, 2018

Published August 14th, 2018 -

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter on Monday that the White House required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, which his aides have declined to confirm for months. Although legal experts say such agreements are essentially unenforceable for government... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2018

Published August 8th, 2018 -

In a hard-fought win for organized labor, Missouri voters repealed a so-called “right-to-work” law enacted last year by Missouri’s Republican state legislature and former Republican governor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The New York Times repor... More »