Sophie Rubinett Elsner

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January 6th, 2016

Today’s News & Commentary—January 6, 2016

Published January 6th, 2016 -

In the lead up to next week’s oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, anti-union union members are putting on a full court press. Mark Janus, the lead plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME, voiced his opposition in the Chicago Tribune to an Ill... More »

December 23rd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 23, 2015

Published December 23rd, 2015 -

Christmas just got merrier for the 37 truck drivers awarded $7 million in back pay. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office ruled that a port trucking firm in Carson, Cal. had misclassified the drivers as independent contractors and made illegal paycheck de... More »

December 9th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — December 9, 2015

Published December 9th, 2015 -

Do we need a third category for workers in the gig economy? Steven Greenhouse writes in the American Prospect about a new paper that proposes solutions for on-demand workers. The paper’s authors suggest on-demand workers should be subject to anti-discriminatio... More »

November 29th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2015

Published November 29th, 2015 -

Walmart protests this weekend were short and sweet, thanks to a split in worker organizing. The OUR Walmart campaign, launched by the United Food and Commercial Worker Union to agitate for better conditions and higher pay, has drifted from the UFCW. Rather org... More »

November 19th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — November 19, 2015

Published November 19th, 2015 -

The vote is neck and neck on the proposed four-year contract between Ford Motor Company and the United Automobile Workers. Slightly more than half of Ford’s union members who voted so far have rejected the deal; if it fails, it would be another blow for UAW le... More »

November 11th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — November 11, 2015

Published November 11th, 2015 -

Demonstrators in an estimated 270 cities across the country rallied in support of an increase in the minimum wage.  The Fight for 15 campaign, backed in part by the Service Employees International Union, is in its third year and demanding attention from politi... More »

November 1st, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — November 1, 2015

Published November 1st, 2015 -

Are wages stagnating? It depends who you ask. The Wall Street Journal reports the employment-cost index, which measures workers’ wages and benefits, rose 0.6% this quarter. But even with the slight rise in wages and benefits, Americans’ personal income has bar... More »

October 28th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — October 28, 2015

Published October 28th, 2015 -

The Republican Congress and President Obama reached a tentative budget deal, which includes cuts for Social Security disability benefits. Now eligibility requirements will be consistent state by state, and the changes are expected to save the government $5 bil... More »

October 14th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — October 14, 2015

Published October 14th, 2015 -

Two camps are preparing for battle over the future of Los Angeles education. As philanthropists and civic leaders bring together $490 million for charter schools, the teachers union has pulled in support from other employee unions for more traditional public s... More »

September 30th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 30, 2015

Published September 30th, 2015 -

Hilary Rodham Clinton plans to speak out against the “Cadillac tax,” which imposes taxes on certain employer-based health coverage plans, writes the New York Times. Under current proposals, employers can avoid paying the tax if they reduce health care benefits... More »

September 20th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2015

Published September 20th, 2015 -

Details are out on the proposed four-year contract between Fait Chrysler Automobiles and the United Automobile Workers union. According to the New York Times, the changes include wage increases for all hourly works in the United States, and narrow the hourly p... More »

September 18th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2015

Published September 18th, 2015 -

Ending their prolonged summer vacation, students returned to Seattle schools yesterday, after a weeklong teachers strike. The union will vote on a new contract this Sunday, reports the New York Times. Students and teachers will make up the six missed days by e... More »