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September 2nd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — September 2, 2015

Published September 2nd, 2015 -

In an uncommon tale, workers allege that their union serves the interests of the carnival industry, not them. The New York Times discusses the Association of Mobile Entertainment, which labor advocates accuse of being a stalking-horse for industry, specificall... More »

August 28th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — August 28, 2015

Published August 28th, 2015 -

The National Labor Relations Board released its groundbreaking ruling in Browning-Ferris, which considers a company that hires a contractor to staff its facilities to be a joint employer of the workers at that facility. According to the New York Times, a union... More »

August 19th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — August 19, 2015

Published August 19th, 2015 -

After the wave of minimum wage increases across the country, business groups vehemently oppose union carve-outs from the minimum wage floors. Some unions have sought exemptions from the wage mandates if they instead have a collective bargaining agreement. Acco... More »

August 5th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary –– August 5, 2015

Published August 5th, 2015 -

A federal court in Kentucky heard arguments on local right-to-work laws, reports the Lexington Herald Leader. Unlike 25 other states, Kentucky is not a right-to-work state, but at least 12 counties have passed their own right-to-work laws. Counties contend the... More »

July 31st, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary –– July 31, 2015

Published July 31st, 2015 -

Hillary Clinton joined the list of presidential candidates courting the AFL-CIO this week. Politico forecasted that she would focus on her co-sponsorship of the Employee Free Choice Act and her promotion of collective bargaining, but would face pushback on the... More »

July 22nd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — July 22, 2015

Published July 22nd, 2015 -

Following its largest city, Los Angeles County voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Between the county law—which applies to all unincorporated areas of the county—and the Los Angeles city legislation, more than half of the county workforce will b... More »

July 8th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — July 8, 2015

Published July 8th, 2015 -

The National Labor Relations Board dropped its latest right-to-work battle, in which it planned to reconsider the 39-year “precedent that forbids unions in right-to-work states from requiring non-union members to pay ‘fair share fees’ when filing grievances wi... More »

July 3rd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — July 3, 2015

Published July 3rd, 2015 -

Across the pond, The Guardian weighs in on the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Friedrichs case. The Guardian quotes Professor Ben Sachs on the implications of a potential decision to ban “fair-share” fees: “Right-to-work has been decid... More »

June 24th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — June 24, 2015

Published June 24th, 2015 -

Airport workers are fighting for—and winning—contracts that guarantee higher wages. The Washington Post’s Lydia DePillis writes that the Philadelphia City Council signed a lease with several airlines that requires a wage increase for airport workers to $12 per... More »

June 10th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — June 10, 2015

Published June 10th, 2015 -

Thousands of Chicago public school teachers and their supporters marched through the city on Tuesday evening, amidst contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Board of Education. According to the Chicago Tribune, CTU is see... More »

June 5th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — June 5, 2015

Published June 5th, 2015 -

The workers of Gawker Media have voted to unionize, and will join the Writers Guild of America-East. The Washington Post discusses several reasons why this fast-paced union campaign was unique: the staff could use the Gawker platform to debate the merits of un... More »

May 27th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary – May 27, 2015

Published May 27th, 2015 -

A federal court of appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling to halt the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, according to the Los Angeles Times. DAPA would “grant three-year work permits and temporary protection f... More »