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February 21st, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – February 21

Published February 21st, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that It is not just private-sector employers who are trying to evade the requirements of Obamacare’s insurance mandate – public sector workers around the country have had their hours cut or capped to keep them under 30 ho... More »

February 7th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – February 7

Published February 7th, 2014 -

The U.S. economy added a meager 113,000 jobs in January, reports the L.A. Times, in new statistics released this morning. The weak numbers are fueling fears that the U.S. economy may be slowing after its strong finish in 2013. The Wall Street Journal chronicle... More »

January 24th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – January 24

Published January 24th, 2014 -

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that union membership in the U.S. held steady last year at 11.3% of the workforce, reports the L.A. Times. The statistics varied widely from state to state, with nearly one-quarter of workers in New York Sta... More »

January 10th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – January 10

Published January 10th, 2014 -

The L.A. Times reports that the U.S. economy added just 74,000 jobs in December, the smallest increase in three years. The news was accompanied by a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7%, the lowest level since October 2008. However, this decrease was driven b... More »

December 27th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – December 27

Published December 27th, 2013 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s has removed its “McResource” site, citing controversy over some of the information and advice that had been provided to its workers on the webpage. Workers’ rights groups, who have been pu... More »

December 13th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – December 13

Published December 13th, 2013 -

The New York Times profiles stories on unemployed workers, as the emergency federal unemployment-insurance program – which extended benefits by up to 73 weeks beyond state maximums – is set to expire at the end of the month. Meanwhile, the Washingt... More »

November 29th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – November 29

Published November 29th, 2013 -

In the first of two in-depth profiles on low-wage workers, The New York Times features the story of 58 year-old Eduardo Shoy, a New York City fast food worker who holds two jobs and is struggling to support a wife and children. The second profile featured in T... More »

November 15th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – November 15

Published November 15th, 2013 -

An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal argues that the Supreme Court should rule against Unite Here in the Mulhall case, suggesting that unions should have to convince individual workers of the value of their services, rather than getting companies to agree to ne... More »

November 1st, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – November 1

Published November 1st, 2013 -

In the aftermath of a $34 million settlement for immigration law violations alleged against outsourcing firm Infosys, federal officials are pushing investigations into similar practices by other firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Investigators are pr... More »

October 18th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – October 18

Published October 18th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports that Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers in San Francisco are on strike as of midnight last night, after 28 straight hours of negotiation failed to resolve the impasse between union leaders and transit managers. The strike comes af... More »

October 4th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – October 4

Published October 4th, 2013 -

Backpay for federal workers furloughed by the government shutdown has been proposed in legislation introduced in both the House and Senate, reports the Washington Post. Meanwhile, the New York Times reveals that while federal workers are off the job, the month... More »

September 20th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – September 20

Published September 20th, 2013 -

After the death of Washington D.C.’s proposed “living wage” bill, the Washington Post reports that Wal-Mart will open two hiring centers in the city next week. The centers will process applicants for the 300 positions expected to be staffed a... More »