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Adjunct Unionization

Published January 22nd, 2014 -

Full-time, tenured university professors are starting to become a thing of the past — and not just in history departments. On Monday, the New York Times and NBC News published the latest in several recent articles on the rise of part-time and non-tenure-track ... More »

January 16th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — January 16

Published January 16th, 2014 -

Two months after the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel filed a complaint against Wal-Mart for illegally disciplining and firing employees during Black Friday 2012, the NLRB has filed a complaint of its own, the Wall Street Journal, LA Time... More »

December 5th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — December 5

Published December 5th, 2013 -

Fast-food workers in 100 cities around the country are participating in a one-day strike today for a $15-an-hour wage — up from a $9-an-hour industry average. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the LA Times all have co... More »

November 21st, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — November 21

Published November 21st, 2013 -

Thousands of workers at several University of California campuses led a one-day labor strike Wednesday, the L.A. Times reports. The walkout affected medical centers, libraries, cafeterias, and campuses from Irvine to San Francisco. A spokesman for AFSCME Local... More »


NLRB Takes on Walmart

Published November 19th, 2013 -

The NLRB’s enforcement arm issued a press release yesterday announcing that it plans to take action against Walmart for alleged unfair labor practices by the company against employees who protested or planned to protest the company last Thanksgiving. Acc... More »

November 17th, 2013

This Weekend's News and Commentary — November 16-17

Published November 17th, 2013 -

China has announced that it will ease its one-child policy and abolish its “re-education through labor” camps, the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, and New York Times report. The announcement, made in a document signed by President Xi Jinping, described the po... More »

November 7th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — November 7

Published November 7th, 2013 -

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to announce today a proposed rule that will require companies to file all workplace injury and illness reports electronically for public viewing, the Washington Post reports. While labor and workplace saf... More »

October 27th, 2013

This Weekend's News and Commentary — October 26-27

Published October 27th, 2013 -

The long-term unemployment rate — the percentage of the labor force that has been out of work for more than a year and is still seeking employment — is down to 1.9 percent, the New York Times reports. While this is down from a peak of 3 percent in 2010, the fi... More »

October 10th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary — October 10

Published October 10th, 2013 -

President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Board Wednesday. The New York Times, L.A. Times, and Wall Street Journal profile the nominee, discussing her background in economics and philosophy of combating unemployment through monetary s... More »

September 26th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary — September 26

Published September 26th, 2013 -

Members of Congress are continuing negotiations to avert a shutdown of the federal government, and the House Republican leadership today is expected to announce an alternative plan to defunding the Affordable Care Act. The Washington Post reports that GOP lead... More »