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Weekend News & Commentary — December 15, 2019

Published December 15th, 2019 -

Presidential candidates are planning to boycott the upcoming Democratic debate if an ongoing labor dispute at Loyola Marymount University is not resolved.  Food service workers at Loyola Marymount, which is scheduled to host the debate, have been in negotiatio... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 12, 2019

Published December 12th, 2019 -

After months of bipartisan haggling, the House has passed one of the largest military-spending bills in history.  Included in the $738 billion-dollar package are a 3% pay increase for military servicemembers and twelve weeks of parental leave for all federal e... More »

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Harvard Students Deserve a Fair Contract

Published December 4th, 2019 -

During my first year at Harvard Law School, a professor of mine won a prestigious academic award. The prize, he told us, was a research grant so large he didn’t know what to do with it. Did we have any suggestions? At the time, the law school was paying ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 28, 2019

Published November 28th, 2019 -

  Happy Thanksgiving! Here at OnLabor, we are thankful for the workers who grow our food, transport our loved ones, and do the innumerable other things that make our celebrations possible.  We are also thankful for an increasingly robust national conversa... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2019

Published November 14th, 2019 -

Janitors, cooks, operating room assistants, and other low-paid employees of the University of California medical system are on strike this week to protest the UC system’s reliance on outsourcing contracts.  The striking workers are members of AFSCME 3299, whic... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2019

Published October 31st, 2019 -

Fifteen days into the Chicago Teachers Union strike (which we have covered elsewhere), delegates for the union say they have reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  The agreement includes a commitment to enforceable class size caps an... More »

October 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 17, 2019

Published October 17th, 2019 -

  It’s a gangbusters day for strike news. The Chicago Teachers Union is officially on strike after failing to reach a last-minute deal with the city.  The union, whose latest contract expired in June, is asking for a 15% pay raise over three years, limits... More »

September 29th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — September 29, 2019

Published September 29th, 2019 -

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike, which will likely be scheduled for mid-October.  The union’s latest contract expired in June.   In three months of contract negotiations, the union and the city have failed to reach an agreement on pa... More »

September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »

September 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 5, 2019

Published September 5th, 2019 -

The observance of Labor Day earlier this week has inspired a bumper crop of commentary on the history, present, and future of the American worker.  In the New York Times, Noam Scheiber examines the relationship between established unions and grassroots labor a... More »

August 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2019

Published August 21st, 2019 -

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta was arrested in Fresno Tuesday during a protest in support of raising wages for home healthcare workers.  Huerta, who is eighty-nine, was arrested alongside seven others while demonstrating outside of a meeting of the Fr... More »

August 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2019

Published August 8th, 2019 -

A Walmart corporate employee called for a worker walkout in protest of the retailer’s position regarding the sale of guns.  Earlier this week, Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old employee of Walmart’s e-commerce workforce, urged Walmart employees to call in sick on... More »