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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10th, 2017

Published October 10th, 2017 -

French public sector workers across the nation’s 9  main unions have engaged in another strike against President Macron’s economic policies.  The strikes have affected schools and flights, grounding at least 450,000 travelers across Europe. Today, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 21, 2017

Published September 21st, 2017 -

Yesterday, Washington’s State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group, operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers for paying thousands of detainees $1 per day instead of the minimum wage.  The GEO Group claims the cente... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2017

Published September 7th, 2017 -

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would be ending DACA in 6 months, protests have occurred nationwide.  NPR breaks down the myths and facts behind Attorney General Sessions’ claim that Dreamers are taking jobs away from... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 2-3, 2017

Published September 3rd, 2017 -

Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it was issuing a review and stay on President Obama’s EEO-1 pay data collection rule, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.  The rule  would have required all employers, not ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 24, 2017

Published August 24th, 2017 -

This week, U.S. joblessness claims rose by 2,000, which was less than expected, to 234,000.  This may reflect a tightening in labor market conditions.  Joblessness claims — a close indication of layoffs — have come in below 300,000 for 129 weeks in a row.  Cen... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2017

Published July 27th, 2017 -

Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics supplier for Apple and other tech giants, said yesterday that it would build its first major American factory in Wisconsin.  For building the factory, which would produce flat-panel display screens for televisions and other c... More »