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January 5th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – January 5

Published January 5th, 2015 -

The New York Times reports that hourly employees across New York City are hoping to see their protests for better hours and wages bear fruit in 2015.  Retail stores, community colleges, and even nonprofit agencies are raising wages.  After five years of declin... More »

December 22nd, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – December 22

Published December 22nd, 2014 -

According to a Gallup poll released Monday, Americans are showing the most optimism about the availability of quality jobs than at any time since the Great Recession began in 2008.  About 36% of respondents said this was a good time to find a quality job, the ... More »

December 8th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – December 8

Published December 8th, 2014 -

The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial by Harold Meyerson about the “reinvention” of American labor unions.  Meyerson says that recent labor union collective action has been largely successful, but this success has not generated new dues-paying uni... More »


West African Workers Respond to Ebola

Published December 5th, 2014 -

The threat of the Ebola virus remains at large in Western Africa, and the disease is impacting healthcare workers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. In early November, hundreds of health workers involved in treating Ebola patients went on strike at a clinic... More »

November 24th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – November 24

Published November 24th, 2014 -

Over the weekend, President Obama defended the legal reasoning behind his immigration executive action, arguing that he has been “very restrained” in his use of executive authority.  President Obama’s interview aired Sunday on the ABC News program “This ... More »

November 16th, 2014

Weekend News & Commentary – November 15-16

Published November 16th, 2014 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that the International Franchise Association is preparing a “major public campaign” to fight a recent National Labor Relations Board determination that could hold them responsible for the labor practices of their fra... More »

November 10th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – November 10

Published November 10th, 2014 -

Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas has outlawed the West Bank’s largest labor union and arrested its top two union officials.  An announcement by Abbas’ office followed a series of strikes demanding more benefits, claiming that the strikes w... More »


American Labor Unions Respond to Ebola

Published November 4th, 2014 -

After two American nurses contracted the Ebola virus while caring for an infected patient in early October, the 185,000-member National Nurses United (NNU) union decided to take a stand.  At a rally in Oakland, California, NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro... More »

October 27th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – October 27

Published October 27th, 2014 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford Motor Company “won’t invest in putting new, smaller engines in plants in Windsor, Ontario, and instead will put the investment in Mexico.”  “We are disappointed,” said Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor (t... More »

October 24th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – October 24

Published October 24th, 2014 -

New claims for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for a sixth straight week, suggesting that the labor market is “shrugging off jitters” over a slowing global economy.  Both Reuters and the New York Times conclude that despite an increas... More »


The Battle Against Black Lung Disease

Published October 10th, 2014 -

For many years, black lung disease has been thought of as a relic of the past.  The last great debate over black lung disease and occupational hazards for miners happened over 40 years ago, resulting in a federal statute that requires coal companies to compens... More »

October 6th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – October 6

Published October 6th, 2014 -

A new survey released on Tuesday showed that 83% of restaurant patrons support raising the federal minimum wage and adjusting it annually for inflation.  Twelve percent of survey participants said they were business owners, and of that group, 90% supported rai... More »