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Today’s News & Commentary — August 31, 2018

Published August 31st, 2018 -

Governor Bruce Rauner (R) of Illinois vetoed a bill that would have allowed graduate research assistants at the state’s public universities to join labor unions.  Currently, graduate teaching assistants — but not research assistants — at the Univer... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2018

Published August 21st, 2018 -

North Carolina raised the minimum wage to $15/hour for around 10,000 state government and public university employees.  Legislative budget-writers explained that this raise will help retain experienced state workers, who often leave their jobs for higher-payin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 20, 2018

Published August 20th, 2018 -

Incarcerated people across the United States will go on strike starting tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21st) to protest mass incarceration, poor prison conditions, and exploitative prison labor practices.  While the 13th Amendment bars slavery and involuntary servi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2018

Published July 24th, 2018 -

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights guaranteeing  minimum wages, rest breaks, and related protections for nannies, house cleaners, cooks, gardeners, and other domestic workers.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she wil... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2018

Published July 23rd, 2018 -

New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance and benefits.  The Board wrote that “credible evidence establishes that Uber exercises suffi... More »

Weekend News and Commentary — July 22, 2018

Published July 22nd, 2018 -

800 adjunct and non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at Fordham University reached their first contract with the university earlier this week. Fordham NTT faculty — represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — won 67%-90% raises for ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2018

Published July 9th, 2018 -

Professor Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan writes in the New York Times about a new economics study that shows the key role that unions have played in reducing inequality in the United States. In addition to improving their own members’ wages and b... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 25, 2018

Published June 25th, 2018 -

Microsoft employees are pressuring the company to cancel its $19.4 million contract with ICE and institute a policy against working with clients who violate international human rights law.  In an open letter to the company’s CEO, over 100 Microsoft employees w... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2018

Published June 22nd, 2018 -

Both chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have passed a “grand bargain” bill that — if signed by Governor Charlie Baker — will increase the minimum wage for most workers from $11/hour to $15/hour over the course of five years and will in... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2018

Published May 28th, 2018 -

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, Chipotle has asked the Federal District Court of Colorado to exclude 2,814 workers from a wage theft lawsuit because these workers signed mandatory arbitration agreements barring them from partic... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 18, 2018

Published May 18th, 2018 -

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill expanding the state’s prison labor program. The bill already passed the State Senate, and Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign it into law.  Incarcerated individuals who currently work in the Louisiana prison sy... More »