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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 »

December 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 3rd, 2018 -

General Motor’s recent plant closings may be a warning of things to come for salaried workers, the Associated Press reports.  The cuts included many workers with college degrees, reflecting that in this era of rapid technological change, jobs once though... More »

November 30th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 30th, 2018 -

Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Pramila Jayapal announced legislation for a federal domestic workers bill of rights this week, the Nation reports.  The legislation would ensure that domestic workers are covered by basic labor laws: the right to overti... More »

November 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 19th, 2018 -

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, a possible 2020 presidential contender, said Sunday that Democratic candidates have to speak to workers’ needs if they plan to win in 2020, the Associated Press reports.  Senator Brown had the most votes of any Ohioan in... More »

November 5th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 5th, 2018 -

United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal SA reached a tentative contract deal covering 15,000 workers late last week, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The four-year contract includes 3 percent to 4 percent wage increases each year and a $4,000 signing bonus.  Un... More »