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December 29th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 29, 2015

Published December 29th, 2015 -

The New York Times reported on the employees of Good Technology as a cautionary tale of employees who can be left holding the bag when a once-hot startup loses its luster.  Good had lured and retained its employees through a seemingly generous stock-option pro... More »

December 15th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 15, 2015

Published December 15th, 2015 -

In a follow-up to yesterday’s news, Seattle voted yesterday to pass an ordinance allowing the city’s for-hire drivers (including Uber, app-assisted, and taxi drivers) the right to form a union, according to the Seattle Times.  Uber and Lyft have co... More »

December 4th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 4, 2015

Published December 4th, 2015 -

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, according to the Washington Post.  The formal endorsement is scheduled to take place today.  In a statement from the Clinton campaign, Perez said, “Progressives believe in mak... More »

December 1st, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 1, 2015

Published December 1st, 2015 -

Hillary Clinton unveiled a $275-billion federal infrastructure program as part of a shift to a domestic “jobs agenda” in her presidential campaign, according to the New York Times.  Clinton’s jobs proposals will be the most detailed and expen... More »

November 17th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — November 17, 2015

Published November 17th, 2015 -

An article on Bloomberg View reported that the retail industry might be shifting its labor outlook, viewing its workforce as more than a cost on a ledger.  After decades spent trying to optimize labor costs through technological innovation and demand-driven sc... More »

November 3rd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — November 3, 2015

Published November 3rd, 2015 -

Frequent readers of OnLabor are familiar with the problem that arbitration clauses pose for the vindication of labor rights.  Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a two-part analysis of the effects of widespread arbitration clauses on the American justice ... More »

October 23rd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — October 23, 2015

Published October 23rd, 2015 -

The Huffington Post published a long-form article on Amazon’s use of temp workers at its shipping facilities.  The piece detailed the on-the-job death of a temp worker employed by a placement agency struggling to earn a spot as a full-time Amazon employe... More »

October 20th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — October 20, 2015

Published October 20th, 2015 -

Carwash owners filed a lawsuit against New York City to stop enforcement of the city’s new licensing regulation, according to the New York Times.  The regulation requires owners of nonunion carwashes to post a $150,000 surety bond while only requiring un... More »

October 6th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — October 6, 2015

Published October 6th, 2015 -

The United States and eleven other nations reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The New York Times has a helpful primer on the law, including a brief synopsis of the labor movement’s opposition to the deal as a “giveaway to busine... More »

September 22nd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 22, 2015

Published September 22nd, 2015 -

Scott Walker has suspended his presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post.  The decision came shortly after a CNN poll showed him earning less than one percent of the vote in the Republican primary.  Many have attributed his quick exit to poor per... More »

September 8th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 8, 2015

Published September 8th, 2015 -

President Obama announced a new executive order that will require federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees, according to the Washington Post.  Under the order, employees will earn one day of paid sick leave for every 30 days worked, up to a ... More »

September 7th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — September 5–6, 2015

Published September 7th, 2015 -

Wal-Mart announced that it is reopening five stores that the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) alleges were closed in retaliation against a workers’ organization drive, according to Reuters.  Wal-Mart stated that it plans to s... More »