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Today’s News & Commentary — March 24, 2017

Published March 24th, 2017 -

President Trump’s Labor Secretary pick Alexander Acosta promised at his Senate hearings not to let the partisan political considerations affect his administration of the Department of Labor.  His statements came in response to concerns expressed by Democrats t... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 10, 2017

Published March 10th, 2017 -

The U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, decreasing the unemployment rate slightly from 4.8% to 4.7%.  The job gains occurred mostly in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, and health care. The number of long-term unemployed peopl... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 24, 2017

Published February 24th, 2017 -

President Trump’s second pick for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, has already won some union support from the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Laborers’ International Union of North America.  IAFF President Harold Schaitberger, describing ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 10, 2016

Published February 10th, 2017 -

According to Reuters, the U.S. Department of Labor will delay the Obama-era fiduciary rule for 180 days and seek public comment on the rule after President Trump ordered the DOL to review the fiduciary rule last week.  The DOL has sent a letter of proposed rul... More »

The Supreme Court Vacancy and Labor: William Pryor

Published January 30th, 2017 -

President Donald Trump plans to announce his nominee to fill the late Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court this Thursday.  Among the rumored candidates is Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the 11th Circuit, who met with the president two weeks ago.  Judge Pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 27, 2017

Published January 27th, 2017 -

Teamsters president James P. Hoffa went on Fox News on Wednesday to praise President Donald Trump for some of his early actions.  Hoffa praised President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, his withdrawal from the TPP, and hi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 13, 2017

Published January 13th, 2017 -

Missouri’s House Rules Committee voted 11-3 yesterday to become a right-to-work state, the 28th in the nation.  The bill will now head to the Missouri House floor for consideration.  Missouri Democratic Representative Doug Beck attempted to amend the pro... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 30, 2016

Published December 30th, 2016 -

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka published this week an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing President-Elect Trump’s claims to represent the interests of workers.  Mr. Trumka argues that unions, not the President-Elect, ought to possess the mantle when it c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 16, 2016

Published December 16th, 2016 -

About 8,000 airport workers in New York and New Jersey settled their first union contract in a deal orchestrated by SEIU 32BJ. The contract comes after four years of organizing and seven months of negotiations. It covers a baggage handlers, airport security of... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 2, 2016

Published December 2nd, 2016 -

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, decreasing the unemployment rate from 4.9% to 4.6%, the lowest it has been since 2007. However, average hourly earnings decreased by 0.1%. The Department of Labor revised its September and October data to remove... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 18, 2016

Published November 18th, 2016 -

Several hundred skilled-trade workers at UCLA went on a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to demand higher wages and back pay.  The day after, on Thursday, 218 UC San Diego workers staged a similar 24-hour strike.  Both strikes were organized by Teamsters Local 2010... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 4, 2016

Published November 4th, 2016 -

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 161,000 jobs in October, the Department of Labor announced today. That brings the unemployment rate from 5% to 4.9%.  Further, average hourly earnings increased by 10 cents.  The Department of Labor also revised its August and Sep... More »