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April 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2018

Published April 11th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump privately issued an executive order imposing work requirements on able-bodied recipients of food stamps, Medicaid, and low-income housing subsidies.  The order, entitled “Reducing Poverty in America,” requires all cabinet... More »

March 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 28, 2018

Published March 28th, 2018 -

Teachers are suing the U.S. Department of Education and loan servicing companies like FedLoan for their practice of converting grants for teachers to loans. Since 2008, the federal government has offered TEACH grants to encourage teachers to teach in low-incom... More »

March 14th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 14th, 2018

Published March 14th, 2018 -

Polls closed Tuesday night in the special house election in Pennsylvania between candidates Lamb and Saccone, with Lamb having a 579 vote lead. Though absentee votes have not yet been counted, Lamb took to the stage on Tuesday evening to announce his victory. ... More »

February 28th, 2018

Daily News & Commentary — February 28, 2018

Published February 28th, 2018 -

Today, a strike by unionized public school teachers in West Virginia will end as union leaders and Governor James C. Justice have reached a deal.  Governor Justice promised the state’s teachers and other school employees a 5 percent raise and that he would cre... More »

February 14th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 14, 2018

Published February 14th, 2018 -

On Monday, Local 33-UNITE HERE withdrew its petition to the NLRB to represent student teachers in 8 of the 56 departments of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences at Yale University.  The micro-unit bargaining strategy, which allowed the union to define ba... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2018

Published January 25th, 2018 -

New tariffs announced by the Trump administration on Tuesday for the import of solar panels will have ripple effects on the solar industry and undertaking of solar projects in the U.S.  Though the tariffs, starting at 30% next year, were implemented to “... More »

January 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — January 11, 2018

Published January 11th, 2018 -

Early Wednesday morning, agents descended on 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, and arrested 21 employers.  Federal immigration authorities are beginning to heavily scrutinize businesses that hire unauthorized workers.  Wednesday morn... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — December 14, 2017

Published December 14th, 2017 -

Walmart announced yesterday that it would allow its workers to take their pay before their payday.  Workers would be able to access the wages for hours which they have already worked before the 2-week pay period mark.  The new initiative is meant to help worke... More »

November 30th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 30, 2017

Published November 30th, 2017 -

Yesterday, adding to a prominent series of firings related to sexual harassment and abuse allegations, NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of the channel’s most profitable franchise, “Today.”  NBC News Chairman said NBC news had received an all... More »

November 16th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary –November 16, 2017

Published November 16th, 2017 -

A new report from U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Center studied the effect of 51 policy measures, collectively labeled “California Policy Model” addressing workers’ rights, environmental issues, safety net programs, taxation, infrastructure, and... More »

November 2nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 2, 2017

Published November 2nd, 2017 -

Democrats revealed a set of pro-labor policies in their “Better Deal” platform yesterday.  These policies include a ban on all state right-to-work laws, passing a federal law that would allow federal employees to engage in collective bargaining wit... More »

October 19th, 2017

Daily News & Commentary – October 19, 2017

Published October 19th, 2017 -

On Tuesday, federal Judge Watson of Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking the implementation of the third iteration of Trump’s travel ban from taking effect for Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad.  Judge Watson stated that the ban suffers &... More »