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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 »

June 15th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 15, 2018

Published June 15th, 2018 -

A potential city of Anaheim living wage ordinance has reached a crucial milestone of support, and, if passed, would give Disneyland workers $18 an hour fixed to the cost of living, the Los Angeles Times reports. As OnLabor previously reported, the fight to bet... More »

June 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2018

Published June 8th, 2018 -

The U.S. may be facing its largest labor strike in decades, as the vast majority of UPS’s 260,000 Teamsters voted to strike if their union can’t reach an agreement with their employer, CBS News reports.  The current UPS-Teamsters contract expires o... More »

May 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 11, 2018

Published May 11th, 2018 -

Workers have sued both Lyft and Postmates for employee misclassification in California, making the companies among the first in the gig economy to face a legal test of California’s new independent contractor standard, Reuters reports.  The two companies have e... More »

May 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 9, 2018

Published May 9th, 2018 -

US job openings hit a record high in March, running about equal to the number of unemployed workers, Reuters reports.  The high job openings parallels an uptick in the rate of workers quitting their jobs in the same month.  Despite the high quits rate—indicati... More »

May 7th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 7, 2018

Published May 7th, 2018 -

Over 50,000 University of California (UC) workers will begin a three-day strike today, the Los Angeles Times reports.  25,000 of the workers come from UC’s largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) ... More »