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May 25th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — May 25, 2016

Published May 25th, 2016 -

Don’t blame Joe Camel for the nicotine poisoning of Indonesian Children. Human Rights Watch released a report that thousands of children working in Indonesia’s tobacco industry are exposed to nicotine and pesticides, usually without protective clothing, and su... More »

May 11th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — May 11, 2016

Published May 11th, 2016 -

Despite protests outside the National Assembly, France’s Socialist government voted on Tuesday for a bill that will overhaul the country’s labor laws, reports the New York Times. Facing France’s ten percent unemployment rate, President Francois Hollande’s admi... More »

April 24th, 2016

Weekend News & Commentary — April 23-24, 2016

Published April 24th, 2016 -

In the wake of the Uber settlement, more outlets release their take on the resolution. The Washington Post provides details of the terms of the settlement, gauging that it is ultimately in Uber’s favor. The Wall Street Journal dives deeper into the tipping not... More »

April 13th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2016

Published April 13th, 2016 -

Donald Trump has angered yet another constituency: his own employees. Since workers at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas voted to join the Culinary Workers Union and the Bartenders Union last December, Trump’s managers have fought unionization. Beside... More »

April 3rd, 2016

Weekend News & Commentary — April 2-3, 2016

Published April 3rd, 2016 -

Only a few years ago, the prospect of a $15 minimum wage seemed laughable. Now, California has a graduated increase on the books, and New York may soon follow. Steven Greenhouse at the New York Times discusses how unions—even with historically low participatio... More »

March 31st, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — March 31, 2016

Published March 31st, 2016 -

  Springtime brought good news for the job market. Private companies added 200,000 jobs in March, according to the New York Times. The report released by ADP covers only the private sector, but the federal government will publish official numbers on Frida... More »

March 30th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary — March 30, 2016

Published March 30th, 2016 -

If Chicago students arrive to teacher-less schools Friday, it won’t be an April Fools joke. The Chicago Teachers Union is preparing for a one-day strike with teach-ins and rallies, in response to alleged school closings, furloughs and layoffs next year. Throug... More »

March 2nd, 2016

Today’s News and Commentary — March 2, 2016

Published March 2nd, 2016 -

New Jersey unions started the week with bad news: the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on whether the state must pay the full share of its annual public pension contribution, reports CNBC. This leaves in place Governor Chris Christie’s plan, in wh... More »

February 3rd, 2016

Today’s News and Commentary — February 3, 2016

Published February 3rd, 2016 -

The Chicago Teachers Union 40-person “Big Bargaining Team” unanimously rejected the city’s four-year contract offer.  The offer would bar economic layoffs and provide moderate pay increases, while requiring teachers to pay more toward their pensions and health... More »

January 24th, 2016

Weekend News and Commentary — January 24, 2016

Published January 24th, 2016 -

More than 200 Chicago Public School employees headed into a dreary weekend, after receiving layoff notices. The Chicago Tribune reports that the district laid off 227 current employees and eliminated 180 vacant positions, in attempt to address its budget short... More »

January 20th, 2016

Today’s News And Commentary — January 20, 2016

Published January 20th, 2016 -

The Supreme Court will decide whether “President Obama has the authority to offer a ‘lawful presence’ and a work permit to as many as five million immigrants living in the country illegally,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Since the President announced his imm... More »