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May 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 6, 2019

Published May 6th, 2019 -

The Trump administration is allowing 30,000 new seasonal worker visas this summer, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The number is unexpectedly high, as the administration earlier indicated that it was considering around 15,000 additional of the visas, known a... More »

April 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 22, 2019

Published April 22nd, 2019 -

Stop & Shop workers ended their strike after reaching an agreement with their employer Sunday night, WPRI reports.  The strike has been ongoing since April 11, and was triggered by proposed changes to pay and healthcare benefits, Fox Business reports.  Man... More »

April 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 8, 2019

Published April 8th, 2019 -

The Wall Street Journal editorial board argued yesterday that the “Fight for $15” could lead to fewer jobs and increased crime.  The paper bases its jobs findings on a two-month drop in restaurant employment in New York City after a wage increase f... More »

March 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —March 29, 2019

Published March 29th, 2019 -

Vox reported yesterday on unprecedented rates of labor organizing in Mexico since the beginning of 2019, which has sparked a national movement.  Thousands of Mexican factory workers have been striking in Mexican border cities, demanding higher wages from the U... More »

March 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 25, 2019

Published March 25th, 2019 -

Writing in Salon on Saturday, former Department of Labor Secretary Robert Reich urged workers to join and form unions.  Reich asserted that since the 1980s, anti-worker corporations and politicians have been allied in a fierce fight against worker organizing. ... More »

March 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 11, 2019

Published March 11th, 2019 -

Five unions representing New England Stop & Shop workers have voted to authorize a strike, the Boston Globe reports.  As OnLabor reported yesterday, strike votes have been coming in steadily during the stalled negotiations with Stop & Shop.  The most r... More »

February 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 25, 2019

Published February 25th, 2019 -

Over 150 Microsoft employees signed a letter demanding their employer cancel a $480 million contract with the Pentagon, asserting that they “refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression,” Fox News reports.  The letter, addressed to Micros... More »

February 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2019

Published February 11th, 2019 -

Congressional talks over border security broke down Sunday, as the current government funding measure is set to run out this Friday at midnight, the New York Times reports.  If no deal is reached by that time, the government will shut down, leaving hundreds of... More »

January 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 28, 2019

Published January 28th, 2019 -

The Oakland Education Association has scheduled a scheduled a strike vote, with voting to begin Tuesday, January 29, NPR reports.  The union represents about 2,300 teachers in the Oakland Unified School District, and has been without a contract since July 2017... More »

January 20th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 19-20, 2019

Published January 20th, 2019 -

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said last week that raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour would result in job losses around the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Acosta’s statement came the day after Democrats proposed bills in both hous... More »

January 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 14, 2019

Published January 14th, 2019 -

A group of federal employees working without pay are suing President Trump and their bosses for a violation of the 13th Amendment, the Washington Post reports.  The lawsuit is not the first by federal workers during the shutdown, but it is the only one likenin... More »

December 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 17th, 2018 -

Workers at Silicon Valley firms are using their stock-based compensation to demand changes in their companies, the New York Times reports.  In late November and early December this year, over a dozen Amazon employees filed identical shareholder petitions askin... More »