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November 28th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – November 28

Published November 28th, 2014 -

According to The New York Times, there are five positive economic trends to be thankful for this year. The price of gasoline, natural gas, fuel oil, and electricity is decreasing; job growth continues to be on the rise (with higher wages hopefully in the horiz... More »

November 14th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – November 14

Published November 14th, 2014 -

According to The New York Times, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has suggested that economists should look not only to data reflecting new jobs but also to the “quit rate” of workers. This rate is the “proportion of workers who quit t... More »

October 31st, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – October 31

Published October 31st, 2014 -

According to POLITICO, the Coalition for Crane Operator Safety plans to ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revise its certification requirements for crane operators. OSHA had previously promulgated its Final Rule on Cranes and Derr... More »


A Backgrounder: The Market Basket Strike

Published October 28th, 2014 -

Introduction Many New England residents paid close attention to the Market Basket developments this summer. For our readers outside the region, we have provided a summary of the events in this labor struggle. Significantly, the Market Basket saga may hold impo... More »

October 17th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — October 17

Published October 17th, 2014 -

The Opinion section of The LA Times posits that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should be allowed to actively enforce the “hot goods” provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act, even if the DOL oversteps its authority in some cases. That provisio... More »

October 10th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — October 10

Published October 10th, 2014 -

A clothing factory in the town of Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic, is trying to prove that workers can be paid a living wage without having to work in sweatshop conditions. The workers make clothes for the collegiate-brand Alta Gracia, which is owned by t... More »

October 5th, 2014

Weekend News & Commentary — October 4-5

Published October 5th, 2014 -

The United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that it will form a local chapter in Tuscalossa, Alabama to represent Mercedes-Benz’s workers at the Daimler AG assembly plant. About 3,400 full-time workers and 1,000 temporary workers help to build crossovers and... More »

October 3rd, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary — October 3

Published October 3rd, 2014 -

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito plans to introduce a bill to challenge federal immigration detainers in New York City. Detainers are used by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transfer inmates from prisons directly into federal immigra... More »


Union Recruitment of Minority and Women Workers

Published September 29th, 2014 -

As the country recovers from the Great Recession, an increasing number of unions have turned their attention to those left behind by the recovery. In particular, many unions are now developing programs to attract and train minority and women workers. These pro... More »

September 19th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – September 19th

Published September 19th, 2014 -

Customer service agents for the now merged American Airlines-US Airways have voted strongly in favor of unionization. According to the National Mediation Board, about 86% of the 14,500 agents voted for representation by the CWA-IBT Association, a joint associa... More »

September 12th, 2014

Today's News & Commentary – September 12th

Published September 12th, 2014 -

The Boston Globe reports that the hospitality workers’ union Unite Here Local 26 has started a campaign to reach more African American workers. The union hopes to increase diversity of hotel employees, and the act is “part of a broader movement amo... More »

August 29th, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29

Published August 29th, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that a group of former FedEx drivers in California and Oregon have been cleared by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to proceed with employment law claims. This comes after the court declared the workers to have been em... More »