Vail Kohnert-Yount

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Show BioHide BioVail Kohnert-Yount is a student at Harvard Law School.

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April 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 9, 2019

Published April 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times reported that the federal government wants to issue more temporary visas for foreign workers, even as President Trump seeks to seal off the border with Mexico, where most of those workers come from. The Departments of Homeland Security and L... More »

March 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 26, 2019

Published March 26th, 2019 -

Thousands of Uber drivers went on strike yesterday in Los Angeles after Uber slashed its per-mile pay by 25% in southern California. Drivers will now earn 60 cents per mile instead of 80 cents, which is just 2 cents above the IRS standard mileage rate of 58 ce... More »

March 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 12, 2019

Published March 12th, 2019 -

Hundreds of Texas public school teachers, support staff, and their unions rallied outside the state capitol in Austin yesterday, calling for more state education funding as the legislature debates issues including teacher pay.“Education funding is an emergency... More »

February 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 26, 2019

Published February 26th, 2019 -

A federal judge ruled last week that Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when he and other prosecutors devised a plea deal with Miami financier Jeffrey Epstein on charges of trafficking minors for sex, re... More »

February 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 12, 2019

Published February 12th, 2019 -

Yesterday, teachers in Denver Public Schools walked off the job in the latest iteration of the teachers strikes that have swept the country. The strike, the city’s first in 25 years, follows over 14 months of negotiations between the teachers union and t... More »

January 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 18, 2019

Published January 18th, 2019 -

As the government shutdown lumbers into its 28th day, federal workers are beginning to file for unemployment en masse, reports the New York Times. About 380,000 furloughed federal employees are eligible for unemployment, and the longest government shutdown on ... More »

January 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 15, 2019

Published January 15th, 2019 -

More than 32,000 teachers in Los Angeles went on strike yesterday asking for higher pay, smaller class sizes, and schools fully staffed with nurses, counselors, and librarians. After negotiations stalled between the school district and the teachers’ unio... More »

December 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 21st, 2018 -

Chipotle’s forced arbitration agreements are backfiring spectacularly, reported the Huffington Post. Like the 12,000 drivers pursuing arbitration against Uber, workers are flooding the burrito chain with arbitration cases after the company blocked their claims... More »

December 18th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 18th, 2018 -

NPR and PBS Frontline spent years investigating a recently discovered outbreak of advanced black lung disease, known as progressive massive fibrosis. A federal monitoring program reported just 99 cases of advanced black lung disease nationwide from 2011-2016, ... More »

December 4th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »

November 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »

November 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »