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April 30th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — April 30, 2015

Published April 30th, 2015 -

In California, the Los Angeles Times reports that El Super supermarket chain is accused of preventing workers from participating in a boycott and failing to negotiate with the employees’ union. The United Food and Commercial Workers represents approximately 60... More »

April 16th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — April 16, 2015

Published April 16th, 2015 -

Yesterday, thousands of employees in an estimated 200 cities rallied for a $15 minimum wage, Politico reports. The Los Angeles Times reports that nearly 1,000 demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles. The Chicago Tribune reports that many adjunct professors partic... More »

April 2nd, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — April 2, 2015

Published April 2nd, 2015 -

Yesterday, McDonald’s announced that it would raise the wages of its employees to $10 per hour, Time reported.  This comes shortly after both Wal-Mart and TJX also announced a pay increase for their lowest paid workers. But as Politico reports, and we no... More »

March 19th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — March 19, 2015

Published March 19th, 2015 -

The New York Times reports that Target plans to raise its wages to a minimum of $9 per hour for all of its employees starting this spring. Target currently has approximately 347,000 employees in the United States. Last week, Target that it will lay off 1,700 e... More »

March 5th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — March 5, 2015 [Updated]

Published March 5th, 2015 -

[Updated] Today, the Wisconsin Assembly begins the final stages of debate on a “right to work” bill, Reuters reports. Assuming it passes, Governor Scott Walker could sign it as early as next week. Reuters spoke with Ben Sachs, who explained that th... More »

 

An Explainer: What's Happening In Wisconsin?

Published March 2nd, 2015 -

This past Thursday, the Wisconsin Senate passed a so-called “Right to Work” bill, leading to protests in the state’s capital. What Is Wisconsin’s “Right To Work” Bill? Once a union is recognized as the representative of a bargaining unit, that union is obligat... More »

February 19th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — February 19, 2015

Published February 19th, 2015 -

Today Wal-mart announced that it will raise wages for 500,000 employees to $9 per hour starting in April, Bloomberg News reports. The New York Times notes that this raise will cover approximately 40% of the workforce at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club (which is owned ... More »

February 13th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — February 13, 2015

Published February 13th, 2015 -

The Washington Post analyzed a recent study that had found that some newly unionized workplaces were more likely to close, employ fewer workers, and have lower wages. The Post found that the study was limited to the one year following a union election, and may... More »

February 5th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — February 5, 2015

Published February 5th, 2015 -

In immigration news, Congress and President Obama continue to fight over immigration reform. Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-backed bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security on the condition that none of the money go toward implementing Pr... More »

January 22nd, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — January 22

Published January 22nd, 2015 -

Continuing with our State of the Union coverage, Dave Jamieson at the Huffington Post writes about one of President Obama’s most important labor initiatives: defining which workers are entitled to overtime pay. The Department of Labor is likely to release revi... More »

January 8th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — January 8

Published January 8th, 2015 -

The New York Times reports that the postmaster general blamed Congress and the postal union for the Postal Service’s current financial problems, in a speech on Tuesday. According to the Times, as USPS revenues have declined in recent years, the Postal Service ... More »