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December 1st, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary — December 1

Published December 1st, 2014 -

The Associated Press reports on a loophole in Social Security laws that denies survivor benefits to some same-sex spouses. LGBTQ couples were only recently extended inheritance of a spouse’s Social Security benefits and pensions. However, unlike many other gov... More »

November 17th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary — November 17

Published November 17th, 2014 -

According to the Associate Press, IG Metall President and German autoworker head Detlef Wetzel called on Volkswagen to recognize the United Auto Workers as its bargaining partner at its Chattanooga, TN plant once the union has a majority. His statement, issued... More »

November 3rd, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary — November 3

Published November 3rd, 2014 -

The New York Times profiles initiatives to raise the minimum wage via referendum in Republican-controlled states where legislatures have otherwise refused to support an increase. Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota’s ballots will all feature binding r... More »

October 20th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — October 20

Published October 20th, 2014 -

The New York Times features a profile of Wisconsin governor and staunch labor opponent Scott Walker’s gubernatorial and presidential prospects. Gov. Walker was elected in 2010 and quickly passed a law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employe... More »

October 13th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — October 13

Published October 13th, 2014 -

The New York Times features a story about the Bay Parkway Community Job Center, founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to support day laborers. It describes the plight of individual day laborers, like Manuel Castro, who went to Far Rockaway to find work i... More »

October 12th, 2014

Weekend News & Commentary — October 11-12

Published October 12th, 2014 -

On Friday, the Nobel committee awarded Indian child labor activist Kailash Satyarthi the Nobel Peace Prize along with Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban after advocating for girl’s education. According to the BBC, the 60 year ol... More »

September 22nd, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — September 22

Published September 22nd, 2014 -

Yesterday afternoon, New York City hosted the largest climate march in history, with over 400,000 people in attendance. Union membership made up a significant portion of the participants in the People’s Climate March. Time and In These Times, write that nearly... More »

September 8th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — September 8

Published September 8th, 2014 -

In immigration-related news, President Obama has announced that he will delay executive action to halt the deportations of undocumented immigrants until after the November elections. The postponement, the second since the administration announced a review of i... More »

August 14th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — August 14

Published August 14th, 2014 -

Time Magazine reports that youth employment for ages 16 to 24 has increased by 2.1 million this summer to a total of 20.1 million. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released yesterday, 25 percent of youth positions are in the leisure and hospita... More »

August 11th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — August 11

Published August 11th, 2014 -

In analysis of corporate disclosures, Reuters reports that employment growth in the United States has trailed behind U.S. corporations’ increases in revenue and operating profit since the early 2000s. The article questions whether the disclosures, which ... More »

August 6th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — August 6

Published August 6th, 2014 -

Bloomberg Business Week reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may be facing a subpoena in the Buffalo Bill’s cheerleaders’ suit against the football team for unpaid wages. Caitlin Ferrari, one of the Buffalo Jills, argues that she and other cheerleaders ... More »

July 28th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – July 28

Published July 28th, 2014 -

The New York Times’s labor correspondent, Steve Greenhouse, published an article discussing fast food workers’ weekend convention in Addison, IL. He details how, with the support of the S.E.I.U., the “Fight for Fifteen” campaign has shifted t... More »