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Today’s News & Commentary—February 12, 2020

Published February 12th, 2020 -

The Boston Globe reports on the growth of wage-advance companies that allow workers to access money they have already earned but not yet received, often through an app. Workers can connect the app to their bank accounts or their employers’ payroll systems. The... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 29, 2020

Published January 29th, 2020 -

In Virginia—the best state for business in 2019, according to CNBC—Democratic State legislatures are pushing to increase pay for workers. In November, 2019, Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in over two decades. Since then they... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 15, 2020

Published January 15th, 2020 -

The Guardian reports on efforts by FedEx, the second largest logistics company in the US, to thwart union organizing campaigns at its warehouses. FedEx spent $870,000 between 2014 and 2018 on union avoidance consultants, making it one of the top spenders on an... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 3, 2020

Published January 3rd, 2020 -

The Harvard Graduate Students Union has ended its strike—the longest in higher education since 2012—after 29 days. On Dec. 30, the HGSA-UAW bargaining committee announced in an email to union members that the strike would end with the year, on midnight, Januar... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—December 4, 2019

Published December 4th, 2019 -

In the first day of their strike, Harvard graduate student workers picketed in Harvard Yard, carrying signs, marching, and chanting “What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!” Strike organizers, faculty members, state politicians and union organize... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—November 20, 2019

Published November 20th, 2019 -

Last month, Major League Baseball proposed reducing the number of minor league teams by 25%. NBC Sports reports that these cuts are in response to increasing public pressure to improve pay and conditions for players, who, since last year, have been classified ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—November 6, 2019

Published November 6th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, Harvard’s graduate student union announced that it will strike if the University fails to agree to what the union deems a fair contract agreement by December 3, the final day of classes for the fall semester. In an email to its members, the union e... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary—November 3, 2019

Published November 3rd, 2019 -

On Friday, UAW leadership voted to recommend ratification of a proposed contract agreement with Ford. The proposed agreement, finalized on Wednesday, would provide union workers with pay increases and lump-sum payouts, hold employee health-care contributions a... More »

October 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 23, 2019

Published October 23rd, 2019 -

New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100 is holding a contest for the photo capturing the NYC train car with the most litter. The contest, whose winner will receive a $500 reward, is intended to draw attention to recent cuts to subway cleaner jobs. Me... More »

October 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 9, 2019

Published October 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported on a new study of American tax burdens by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabrieal Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley. The study analyzes the “effective” tax rates paid by Americans since the 196... More »

September 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 27, 2019

Published September 27th, 2019 -

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be labor secretary. The vote was 53-44 along party lines. Scalia received support from 13 former career officials with the Labor Department, who wrote in a letter to lawmakers that Scalia was “very supportive ... More »

September 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 25, 2019

Published September 25th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced new rules that will require employers to pay overtime to workers making less than $35,500 per year. The rules, proposed in March, will take effect on January 1, 2020. Employers today are only required to pay overti... More »