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May 22nd, 2016

Weekend News & Commentary — May 21-22, 2016

Published May 22nd, 2016 -

Hidden in the House of Representatives bill creating a process to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt is a provision that permits employers to lower the minimum wage by three dollars from $7.25 to just $4.25 for workers 25 years and younger, according to the ... More »

May 17th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary— May 17, 2016

Published May 17th, 2016 -

A rift developed in organized labor after building trade unions objected to the AFL-CIO’s partnering with environmentalist and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer to create a new super pac called For Our Future designed to drive voter turnout in key sta... More »

May 3rd, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2016

Published May 3rd, 2016 -

The Wall Street Journal reported on the declining union influence inside Verizon as the communications’ workers strike continues.  As the telecom industry moved its focus from landline to wireless, the company successfully resisted unionization drives by... More »

April 19th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2016

Published April 19th, 2016 -

On Saturday, the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the proposal of a third-party mediator between the union and Chicago Public Schools, clearing the legal path for a possible strike on May 16, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The mediator’s report was a... More »

April 5th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary—April 5, 2016

Published April 5th, 2016 -

Despite the company line of state chambers of commerce opposing minimum wage hikes, a survey conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s company LuntzGlobal found that a staggering 80% of business executives supported raising their state’s minimum wage... More »

March 22nd, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary— March 22, 2016

Published March 22nd, 2016 -

Writing in the New York Times, Dan Kaufman recounted Hillary Clinton’s patchy history with organized labor.  Beginning with her work as a go-along, get-along member of the Wal-Mart board to her support of multiple free trade agreements, Kaufman criticize... More »

March 8th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary—March 8, 2016

Published March 8th, 2016 -

The labor force participation rate inched up last month to 62.9%, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The increase follows years of decline and reflects the country’s strongest hiring trends since the 1990s.  Despite the good news, experts don’t... More »

February 23rd, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary—February 23, 2016

Published February 23rd, 2016 -

The AFL-CIO wants to create a new super PAC with a $1 million buy-in according to Politico.  The super PAC’s immediate goal would be to elect the Democratic nominee for president, but it would also be used to advocate for other issues that concern big la... More »

February 9th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary—February 9, 2016

Published February 9th, 2016 -

The positive jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has triggered a requirement for more food stamp recipients to work in order to consider receiving the benefits, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The work requirement is a legacy of President Clin... More »

January 26th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — January 26, 2016

Published January 26th, 2016 -

The New York Times profiled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s efforts to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act’s protections of worker privacy in the face of  the Affordable Care Act’s provisions encouraging employers to ins... More »

January 15th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — January 15, 2016

Published January 15th, 2016 -

U.S. jobless claims jumped last week, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The news is a bit of a surprise considering the generally rosy employment numbers reported last week by the government.  It’s not clear what led to the spike.  Some have attribu... More »

January 12th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — January 12, 2016

Published January 12th, 2016 -

The big news yesterday was the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Friedrichs.  Our round-up of commentary can be found here, but suffice it to say that the consensus opinion seems to be that the prospects for the survival of public sector fair-share fees c... More »