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August 31st, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – August 31, 2015

Published August 31st, 2015 -

This past week, the California State Senate passed a measure that would block most employers from forcing workers to agree to arbitrate labor disputes instead of filing claims with state agencies or courts. AB-465, sponsored by the California Labor Federation,... More »

August 21st, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – August 21, 2015

Published August 21st, 2015 -

The Obama administration’s regulation guaranteeing overtime and minimum wage protections to nearly 2 million home health care workers was upheld by the D.C. Circuit today, which held that the Labor Department was authorizd to change the wage rules covering dom... More »

August 17th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – August 18, 2015

Published August 17th, 2015 -

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge allowed an employment discrimination matter involving medical marijuana to go forward last week. The plaintiff, a University of Rhode Island student, alleges in the complaint that she was denied a job at a textile company be... More »

August 3rd, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – August 3, 2015

Published August 3rd, 2015 -

Some Hollywood stars are getting tough feedback from sex workers, who are protesting some celebrities’ public opposition to Amnesty International’s recent proposal for decriminalizing sex work. Amnesty International’s draft policy on sex work, presented at an ... More »

July 24th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – July 24, 2015

Published July 24th, 2015 -

In the wake of yesterday’s major victor for Fight for $15, retail labor activists are making new plans to demand their own wage hike. Forbes reports that Stuart Appelbaum, head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union remarked, “In our negotiations ... More »

July 20th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – July 20, 2015

Published July 20th, 2015 -

More than 1,000 airport workers are preparing to strike at JFK and LaGuardia airports, SEIU announced Sunday evening. The workers allege that a subcontractor, Aviation Safeguards, retaliated against workers when they demanded a higher hourly wage. The strike v... More »

July 7th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – July 7, 2015

Published July 7th, 2015 -

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a 75 year old criminal statute prohibiting contributions by contractors to parties and federal candidates.  In upholding the statute, the appellate court applied the “closely drawn” s... More »

June 26th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – June 26, 2015

Published June 26th, 2015 -

The House passed legislation 286 to 138 yesterday to renew aid to workers hurt by international trade, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program is part of a broader trade bill assembled by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to endow President Obama with e... More »

June 22nd, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2015

Published June 22nd, 2015 -

France’s taxi unions have called for a nationwide, unlimited strike starting June 25, demanding that the French government crack down on, Uber’s use of independent contractors as drivers, Bloomberg reports. In response to the unions’ mounting concerns, Interio... More »

June 8th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – June 8, 2015

Published June 8th, 2015 -

The New York Times reports that 350,000 childcare work days have been lost in Germany so far due to a strike that started in mid May. The strike initially began when an association of municipal employers refused to grant the Verdi services sector trade union’s... More »

May 25th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – May 25, 2015

Published May 25th, 2015 -

The Guardian reports that the Nepalese workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been denied leave to attend funerals or visit relatives following the earthquake in April that killed more than 8,000 people. About 400,000 of the workers on ... More »

May 3rd, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary – May 2 & 3

Published May 3rd, 2015 -

On Thursday, a divided House of Representatives voted 228 – 192 to strike down a D.C. bill that would ban discrimination based on employees’ reproductive decisions. The New York Times reports that, while House Speaker John Boehner framed the legislation ... More »