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November 11th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published November 11th, 2018 -

Graduate student workers at Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly to unionize with the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE), an AFT affiliate.  Following an agreement reached between the union and the university, the election was overseen by t... More »

October 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 29th, 2018 -

Massachusetts nurses wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe supporting Ballot Question 1, an initiative that would guarantee safe nurse staffing levels (also known as safe patient limits) in order to ensure that all patients receive the care that they need.  As au... More »

October 15th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 15th, 2018 -

Today, the Harvard Graduate Students Union – United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) will begin contract negotiations with the Harvard administration.  Graduate student workers at Harvard voted to form a union this past April.  In advance of negotiations, the uni... More »

September 23rd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 22-23, 2018

Published September 23rd, 2018 -

Nurses unions around the country are advocating for safe staffing levels at hospitals, i.e. limiting the number of patients assigned to each nurse so that nurses can provide safer care.  For instance, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is promoting a ballot ... More »

September 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 17, 2018

Published September 17th, 2018 -

Workers at Marriott hotels across the country are voting to go on strike.  Under the banner of “one job should be enough,” these workers — members of UNITE HERE — are calling for living wages that will enable them to support themselves and their fa... More »

August 31st, 2018

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 »

August 21st, 2018

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 »

August 20th, 2018

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 »

July 24th, 2018

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 »

July 23rd, 2018

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 »

July 22nd, 2018

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 »

July 9th, 2018

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 »