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Today’s News & Commentary — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

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 »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 1-2, 2018

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 »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 17–18, 2018

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 »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 3–4, 2018

Published November 4th, 2018 -

Commenting on the Google walkout last Thursday, Professor Brishen Rogers told CNBC that the “numbers and level of coordination involved” were “unprecedented” in the tech sector.  In white-collar tech, where employers pose as “family” and salaries are high, uni... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2018

Published October 31st, 2018 -

In the footsteps of their public school counterparts, Chicago’s charter-school teachers may be the first ever to strike.  On Tuesday, teachers at 15 charter schools voted overwhelmingly (98%) to authorize a strike; this coming Friday, teachers at another 4 sch... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 20–21, 2018

Published October 21st, 2018 -

The trans-continental Marriott strike continues without flagging.  Seven thousand workers in Boston, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Detroit, and throughout Hawaii are disrupting operations at dozens of Marriott-owned hotels.  The SF Examiner describes the... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2018

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2018

Published September 7th, 2018 -

Jobs don’t fall prey to higher minimum wages, according to researchers at U.C. Berkeley. Completing the first comprehensive empirical study of its kind, Sylvia Allegretto, Anna Godoey, Carl Nadler, and Michael Reich analyzed the impact of incremental wage incr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2018

Published August 29th, 2018 -

The prison strike enters day nine, as the estimated 900,000 incarcerated laborers (out of a population of 2.4 million) demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.”  Sarah Holder of City Lab, quoting ACLU National Prison Project’s David Fathi, breaks down the c... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — August 25–26, 2018

Published August 26th, 2018 -

On Saturday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a series of President Trump’s executive orders.  Jackson ruled that boosting federal agencies’ firing rights would deny collective bargaining rights for ... More »