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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 »

October 22nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 22nd, 2018 -

A shocking new investigative report by the New York Times highlights miscarriages by women whose employers deny their requests for lighter work duties.  The Times article recounts multiple miscarriages brought on by workplace duties, including incidents at a l... More »

October 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 9th, 2018 -

2,700 workers at major Hawaii hotels have joined a nationwide hotel workers strike, the Associated Press reports.   The strike began last week in Boston, San Francisco, and other major U.S. cities, as OnLabor has previously reported.   Representatives of Unite... More »

September 30th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published September 30th, 2018 -

Striking workers at Hilton hotels in downtown Chicago reached a deal Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.  Unite Here Local 1 was behind the strike, which started September 7.  The union has now approved deals with 15 of the 26 hotels affected by the actio... More »

September 24th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2018

Published September 24th, 2018 -

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to employees Friday threatening any employees who would alter search results in favor of their political viewpoints, The Wall Street Journal reports.  “The trust our users place in us is our greatest asset and we must alway... More »

September 16th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 15–16, 2018

Published September 16th, 2018 -

Andre Spicer argued in the Guardian this week that Amazon subjects its workers to “one of the most all-pervasive control systems in history.”  The charge comes on the heels of news that Amazon holds a patent for worker cages on wheels.  While the company dropp... More »