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April 22nd, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – April 22

Published April 22nd, 2014 -

The New York Times editorial board called for action on wage theft yesterday. The authors note that although wage theft is commonly associated with low-wage workers, it is a problem that affects workers across the board. For example, software engineers employe... More »


Paid Sick Days: A Backgrounder

Published April 15th, 2014 -

Last week, New York City joined five other cities and the state of Connecticut in mandating that employers provide their employees with paid sick days. The legislation comes at a time when almost 40 million workers, constituting nearly 40 percent of all privat... More »


Captive Audience Meetings: A Backgrounder

Published April 2nd, 2014 -

A video produced by Target for use during captive audience meetings was leaked last month. The video warns employees, “If Target faced rigid union contracts like some of our competitors, our ability to serve our guests could suffer dramatically – and with fewe... More »

March 11th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – March 11

Published March 11th, 2014 -

The Washington Post reports that the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the organization that hires referees for Major League Soccer games, filed unfair labor practice charges against the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) on Monday. The cha... More »

February 25th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – February 25

Published February 25th, 2014 -

President Obama announced that his administration’s proposed budget will include a 1% pay raise for federal workers, the Washington Post reports. Union leaders and some Democrats have decried this raise as unfair and unreasonable, given the three-year pa... More »

January 28th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – January 28

Published January 28th, 2014 -

President Obama will give his State of the Union Address tonight. The New York Times reports that President Obama will use the speech to highlight his increasing willingness to use his executive power to fulfill his agenda if Congress remains deadlocked. One w... More »

January 14th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – January 14

Published January 14th, 2014 -

As Brad reported earlier today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the deeply contentious case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (explained here). Reuters reports that members of SEIU Local 1021, maintenance and clerical worker... More »


Displaced Worker Protection Laws: An Explainer

Published January 13th, 2014 -

In the last ten years, but particularly in the last two, states and localities have begun to enact displaced worker protection laws. These laws, which are currently on the books in ten cities, counties, and states, provide some temporary protection for the emp... More »

January 5th, 2014

Weekend News and Commentary: January 4 – 5

Published January 5th, 2014 -

Boeing workers voted Friday 51% to 49% to approve an eight-year contract extension, the New York Times reports. That deal will ensure that Boeing’s new 777x aircraft will be assembled in Washington state. Although Boeing is earning record profits, the ap... More »

December 17th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – December 17

Published December 17th, 2013 -

The New York Times’ Teresa Tritch urges President Obama to issue several executive orders that would make it harder for companies with wage and safety violations to obtain federal contracts. Between 2007 and 2012, 49 federal contractors, including Tyson ... More »