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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 »

September 10th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 10, 2018

Published September 10th, 2018 -

The number of blue-collar jobs is growing at its fastest rate in 30 years, the Washington Post reports.  Jobs in goods-producing industries, such as mining, construction and manufacturing, grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, ... More »

August 27th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2018

Published August 27th, 2018 -

A provision of the recently enacted $717 billion defense-spending bill makes it easier for employees to gain ownership of the businesses where they work, CNN reports.  The provision directs the Small Business Administration to make loan guarantee programs more... More »

August 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 13, 2018

Published August 13th, 2018 -

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in Nebraska arrested 133 workers in one operation, the Washington Post reports.  The workers were taken at 8:45 a.m. in the small 3,700-person town of O’Niell, Nebraska.  The superintendent of the town’s public... More »

July 30th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2018

Published July 30th, 2018 -

Robert Reich argued in the Guardian Sunday that workers’ low wages are the result of a lack of worker bargaining power.  Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, writes that despite the 3.8 percent unemployment rate, employees don’t have the levera... More »

July 16th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 16, 2018

Published July 16th, 2018 -

Workers from the D.C. Metro system’s largest union voted to authorize a strike yesterday, the Washington Post reports. Union members approved the potential strike by a 94 percent margin.  Union leaders have yet to say whether they will go forward with the stri... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — July 13, 2018

Published July 13th, 2018 -

Thousands of workers rallied in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, pushing for a solution to the country’s growing pension crisis, the Associated Press reports.  Congressional field hearings on the issue will be held today in Columbus at 2 p.m., and will include both o... More »

July 1st, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — June 30 – July 1, 2018

Published July 1st, 2018 -

As part of the ramifications from Janus, the Supreme Court case decided this past week, as many as 80,000 Illinois healthcare workers will get a second chance to recover $32 million in union fees, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Supreme Court ordered the U.S.... More »

June 26th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 26, 2018

Published June 26th, 2018 -

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic research shows that the gig economy is perpetuating the gender pay gap, MarketWatch reports.  According to the study, which was distributed on Monday, women Uber drivers earn 93 cents on the dollar compared to men... More »

June 18th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 18, 2018

Published June 18th, 2018 -

A new report shows that workers paid the minimum wage can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S., the Hill reports. The report, released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, concludes that even the newly popular $15 an hour minimu... More »