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September 6th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – September 6

Published September 6th, 2013 -

In ongoing direct action by low-wage workers, the Washington Post describes new protests against Wal-Mart in the metro-D.C. area, calling on the nation’s largest retailer to pay an annual wage of $25,000 for full-time employees. The protesters are also p... More »

August 30th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – August 30

Published August 30th, 2013 -

In front of 1000 stores across 6o cities, fast food workers and supporters demonstrated yesterday for higher wages, in what the L.A. Times describes as perhaps the “biggest effort yet” for low-wage workers hit hard by the recession to demonstrate t... More »

August 23rd, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – August 23

Published August 23rd, 2013 -

In continuing coverage of the rift between unions and the White House over Obamacare, the Huffington Post reports that the Nevada State AFL-CIO has passed a resolution criticizing the administration’s handling of the issue, and arguing the law may end up... More »

August 16th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – August 16

Published August 16th, 2013 -

In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s Right-to-Work law does apply to unionized civil service employees, meaning state government workers will be able to opt-out of paying union dues when new contracts come into effe... More »

August 9th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – August 9

Published August 9th, 2013 -

Weighing in on the recent strikes by fast-food workers, Jared Bernstein’s piece in today’s New York Times aims to debunk arguments against a higher minimum wage. In labor politics, the AFL-CIO is celebrating the return of the United Food and Commer... More »