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January 22nd, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary — January 22, 2019

Published January 22nd, 2019 -

Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike for a sixth school day as talks between the nation’s second-largest school district and United Teachers Los Angeles continue. Union leaders made the announcement Monday as talks continued on the Martin Luther ... More »

January 8th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary — January 8, 2019

Published January 8th, 2019 -

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, at least 48 members of the U.S. House and Senate are refusing or donating their pay as long as the government remains shuttered, the Washington Post reported Monday. The lawmakers refusing to accept pay are... More »

December 23rd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 23rd, 2018 -

  The U.S. federal government headed into a partial shutdown Friday evening as the White House and Congress remained at an impasse over funding for President Trump’s border wall. The partial shutdown, which affects one-quarter of the federal government, ... More »

December 11th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary

Published December 11th, 2018 -

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French people Monday as France headed into a fourth week of civil unrest, introducing a series of measures he hopes will quell violent protests across the country. In a 13-minute speech, Macron declared a state of... More »

November 27th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 27th, 2018 -

General Motors announced plans to idle five factories in North America and lay off 14,000 workers in an effort to trim costs. These cuts will affect 3,300 production workers in the United States and about 2,500 in Canada. The company also plans to cut its sala... More »

November 16th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary

Published November 16th, 2018 -

CoreCivic, the operator of one of the largest prison systems in the U.S., is facing a class action lawsuit from three formerly detained immigrants who claim that they were paid as little as $1 a day as part of “volunteer” work programs at a detention center in... More »

November 13th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary

Published November 13th, 2018 -

Following a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has finalized plans to split its new headquarters, “Amazon HQ2,” between Arlington, VA and Long Island City, in Queens. States and cities across the country offered Amazon billions of dollars in... More »

October 30th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 30th, 2018 -

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela, which OnLabor contributor Charlotte Garden previewed at SCOTUSblog last week. In Lamps Plus, the Court will decide whether employees automatically waive their right to class arbitra... More »


Today’s News and Commentary

Published October 16th, 2018 -

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently held a meeting with cab drivers to discuss potential changes to the taxi industry. After the 2008 financial crisis, San Francisco began selling its taxi medallions for 250,000 dollars, which drivers vi... More »


Today’s News and Commentary

Published October 12th, 2018 -

A coalition of Missouri labor unions filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging a new state law that makes state employees easier to fire. Under Missouri’s merit system, most state employees are hired and retained according to standardized, performance-based cri... More »

October 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 2nd, 2018 -

Today Amazon announced that it would raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $15.00/hour. These wage increases will apply to more than 250,000 Amazon employees, including those working at grocery chain Whole Foods, as well as over 100,000 seasonal emp... More »