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April 19th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary – April 18 & 19, 2015

Published April 19th, 2015 -

On Thursday, New York City Officials announced that all of the workers in a proposed office tower in the Hudson Yards project in Midtown Manhattan would be paid a living wage—$13.30 per hour—in the first broad application of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Executive Or... More »

April 1st, 2015

Today's News & Commentary – April 1, 2015

Published April 1st, 2015 -

Time reports that Fight for Fifteen, a campaign to increase the hourly wages of fast food workers to $15 per hour, is planning a major one-day strike on Tax Day, April 15. Workers will walk off the job at fast food restaurants in more than 200 cities across th... More »

March 22nd, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — March 21-22

Published March 22nd, 2015 -

USA Today reports that UN Women, a UN organization dedicated to gender equality, will not be partnering with Uber, despite earlier reports that the company had teamed up with the organization to create 1 million female jobs by 2020. According to a UN Women spo... More »

March 8th, 2015

Weekend News and Commentary – March 7 & 8

Published March 8th, 2015 -

On Friday, Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, passed legislation requiring some of Europe’s largest companies to give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women beginning next year; to pass, the legislation will have to be approved by Germany’s ... More »

February 22nd, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary – February 21 – 22.

Published February 22nd, 2015 -

The New York Times reports that ship owners and dockworkers reached a tentative deal, involving 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle, this past Friday, ending the labor dispute that had brought ship traffic to a halt at ports along the West Coast. The resolution... More »

February 8th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — February 7-8

Published February 8th, 2015 -

The United Steelworkers union strike, the first nationwide strike at a U.S. oil refinery since 1980, is pressing forward into its second week. On Saturday night, the union announced that the strike by refinery workers would be expanding to two more plants toda... More »

January 25th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — January 24 – 25

Published January 25th, 2015 -

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Department of Labor would appeal the recent federal district court ruling that struck down the agency’s extension of minimum wage and overtime pay to most home-health workers. The U.S. District Court of D.C.’... More »

January 11th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — January 10-11

Published January 11th, 2015 -

In a report released on Friday, the Department of Labor announced that 2.95 million jobs were added in 2014 and the national unemployment rate decreased to 5.6 percent in December from 5.8 percent in November. Job creation took place largely in temporary help,... More »

January 7th, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — January 7

Published January 7th, 2015 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. Steel Corp. will idle plants in Ohio and Texas and lay off 756 workers as a result of the recent collapse in global oil prices. Because oil prices have plunged to about $50 per barrel, U.S. Steel, which makes steel pip... More »

December 14th, 2014

Weekend News and Commentary – December 14, 2014

Published December 14th, 2014 -

This week, California prison officials agreed to make minimum custody inmates employed by the prison system eligible for early release. The proceedings resulted from the Supreme Court’s finding in 2011 that California’s prisons were so overcrowded ... More »