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Weekend News & Commentary — December 9-10, 2017

Published December 10th, 2017 -

Incarcerated men, women and children make up a third of California’s wildfire-fighting force.  Doing dangerous and demanding 24-hour shifts, inmate-firefighters are paid $1 per hour.  Their work and time off are the subject of a photo essay from the Marshall P... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 21, 2017

Published November 21st, 2017 -

StreetsBlogUSA recaps a Demos study that recommends improving public transportation in order to address the racial gap in employment rates.  Car ownership tracks race, and, for instance, black workers in Detroit are 13 times more likely to commute via public t... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 4-5, 2017

Published November 5th, 2017 -

1800 workers in New York City are in their eighth month striking against Charter Communications.  After Charter bought Time Warner Cable in May 2016, Charter sought to substitute its standard contract for the collective bargaining agreement between Time Warner... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 24, 2017

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget proposal, taxes on ride share companies would increase by 15 cents per ride in 2018 and by 5 cents more per ride in 2019. This move comes in part due to advocacy by taxi companies, but ride share would remain the less expensiv... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 5, 2017

Published October 5th, 2017 -

On Tuesday, a House of Representatives bill to narrow the definition of joint employer passed out of committee in a party-line vote.  The Save Local Business Act would limit employer liability under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2017

Published September 26th, 2017 -

American cities are going wild as Amazon looks for a place to build its second headquarters and employ 50,000 people.  Tucson businessmen sent a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos’ office.  Philadelphia and Tulsa have expressed openness to modifying their tax ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 16-17, 2017

Published September 17th, 2017 -

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell synthesizes data challenging the notion that globalization and manufacturing’s decline explain President Trump’s electoral victory.  When controlling for demographic factors, Mr. Trump was only three percent more popul... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2017

Published August 29th, 2017 -

An embattled St. Louis ordinance raised the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on May 5, 2017.  Yesterday, the minimum wage dropped back down to $7.70 because a state law took effect prohibiting local minimum wages above the state minimum.  Though many states ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2017

Published August 15th, 2017 -

The Wall Street Journal reports on a “rare instance of agreement between immigration-rights activists and the Trump administration”: activists are applauding the DOL’s suit against an Arizona farm employing H-2A visa-holders.  DOL alleged minimum wage violatio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 1, 2017

Published August 1st, 2017 -

Opponents of Missouri’s embryonic right-to-work law celebrated a victory on Friday, when an appeals court found that the language in their repeal-oriented referendum was adequately clear and fair.  Governor Eric Greitens signed the law in February, with August... More »

Daily News & Commentary—July 18, 2017

Published July 18th, 2017 -

Tufts Medical Center nurses returned to work yesterday, ending a four-day lockout.  As we recapped this weekend, the Massachusetts Nurses Association struck last Wednesday in the midst of a contract dispute.  Tufts hired replacement nurses, whose five-day cont... More »