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April 7th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 6–7, 2019

Published April 7th, 2019 -

The March jobs report revealed that the U.S. added 196,000 jobs last month, exceeding forecasts and demonstrating recovery from February’s slowdown. The numbers in Friday’s monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate strong, sustainable economi... More »

March 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 23–24, 2019

Published March 24th, 2019 -

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to strike Monday, refusing to drive in protest of impending pay docks.  The Los Angeles Times reports on the drivers’ rising ire and on their recent organizing efforts.  Protest organizers/leaders have expressed that pay may be the r... More »

March 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 9-10, 2019

Published March 10th, 2019 -

Labor activist and union organizer Nerexda Soto was arrested Wednesday when she met with Unite Here workers on site at the Hyatt-owned Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.  A small group of Unite Here Local 11 workers and supporters protested the arrest Friday.  Pro... More »

February 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 23-24, 2019

Published February 24th, 2019 -

Employee pay and benefits comprise a declining percentage (52.7%) of the gross domestic income, even as unemployment rates remain low and demand for workers high.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the percentage figure for labor income fell again ... More »

February 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 9–10, 2019

Published February 10th, 2019 -

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will likely join the 2020 presidential race today, amid stories depicting her tyrannical style of workplace management.  Klobuchar’s habits as a boss have marred her efforts to launch her campaign and distinguish herself in an i... More »

February 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 1, 2019

Published February 1st, 2019 -

The jobs report was released at 8:30 this morning.  Unemployment rate rose to 4.0%, but average hourly wages grew 3.2% from 12 months prior, up 3 cents per hour from December.  304,000 new jobs were added in January, which exceeds expectations.  The New York T... More »

January 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 26–27, 2019

Published January 27th, 2019 -

The government shutdown ended Friday afternoon after 35 days.  Many political players and commentators are attributing Trump’s “caving” on the border wall to Nancy Pelosi’s prowess at controlling the struggle between the parties, or to rising public resentment... More »

January 13th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 12–13, 2019

Published January 13th, 2019 -

Sunday is day 22 of the shutdown.  Furloughed federal employees will receive back pay for these days, as approved by the House and Senate late last week.  Contractors’ back pay will be attended to in separate legislation, now pending.  As the Washington Post e... More »

December 16th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 16th, 2018 -

Friday night, Grinnell College’s undergraduate union announced that it will withdraw its petition to the National Labor Relations Board in order to prevent a ruling from harming other student unions.  The student union earlier voted to expand membership to cov... More »

December 7th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 7th, 2018 -

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report: unemployment remains at 3.7% for the third month, and the U.S. added 155,000 nonfarm jobs.  Reactions are mixed; while the report is “weaker than expected,” it is also a sign of an ... More »

December 2nd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 2nd, 2018 -

The nation’s minimum wages are lower than the wages the nation’s voters would prefer, according to a Pew Research Center survey. While many workers across the nation have been celebrating recent victories for higher minimum wages, the average state resident pr... More »

November 18th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published November 18th, 2018 -

In Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Marriott have struck a deal, ending an historic 46-day strike.  Saturday afternoon the workers ratified the new contract in a 677-9 vote.  Terms remain undisclosed, but union representatives indicate that workers now have mor... More »