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Today’s News & Commentary — December 7, 2017

Published December 7th, 2017 -

The Trump Administration has sided against public-sector unions by filing a brief in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in support of a constitutional challenge to fair-share fees. While 28 states already have right-to-work ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 9, 2017

Published November 9th, 2017 -

Labor groups from around the world met at the Ford Foundation in New York to launch an effort to help workers worldwide. Groups like the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Minneapolis-based Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha attended the ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 26, 2017

Published October 26th, 2017 -

According to this New York Time article, the number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance rose by less than expected. While unemployment claims had risen due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the labor market seems to have recovered from those two storms... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—October 12, 2017

Published October 12th, 2017 -

According to this article, labor unions are using Social Media and lobbying on Capitol Hill to demand that lawmakers end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The unions argue that NAFTA hurts American workers by allowing unfair competition from for... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 28, 2017

Published September 28th, 2017 -

According to the New York Times, apprenticeships have the power to help Americans gain jobs and secure rising wages. This article details Destina Garcia, a woman who secured an apprenticeship as a community health worker and then secured a permanent job. Presi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 14, 2017

Published September 14th, 2017 -

According to the New York Times, 34,000 participants in the Teamsters union will have their pension benefits cut by nearly 30%. The participants voted to cut benefits in order to help the “cash-strapped plan.” Although more members voted no than voted yes, to ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2017

Published August 17th, 2017 -

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, penned an op-ed in the New York Times explaining his decision to quit President Trump’s Business Council. Trumka explained that it became clear President Trump “had no intention of following through on his commitments ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2017

Published August 3rd, 2017 -

According to the Washington Examiner, workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi will vote today on whether or not they should join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Nearly 4,000 workers will be voting, and the election will be concluded by Friday. While unio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—July 20, 2017

Published July 20th, 2017 -

According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service violated federal law by pressuring managers to approve employees’ requests for time off last year to campaign for Hilary Clinton. While federal workers can use their time to off to campaign or donate to... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 6, 2017

Published July 6th, 2017 -

According to US News, immigration activists and labor groups are holding a rally in Boston to protest President Trump’s increase of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Organizers also note they are opposed to President Trump’s travel ban. Finally, U.S. Co... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2017

Published June 6th, 2017 -

Fewer American teenagers are looking for summer jobs, despite more employers looking to hire seasonal workers.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects this summer’s teen workforce participation rate to be around 40% as compared with 70% in the late 1980... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2017

Published May 23rd, 2017 -

Companies in Utah are struggling to find workers to fill job openings thereby slowing economic growth. While companies are eager to hire more workers to meet increased demand, Utah’s unemployment rate of 3.1% means there are relatively few workers looking for ... More »