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May 20th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — May 20, 2016

Published May 20th, 2016 -

Amidst charges of “union-related extortion” against a senior official in Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration, the Boston Globe featured a story on the decreasing influence of unions in the US economy and politics.  Compared to the 1 in 3 American wor... More »

April 28th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — April 28, 2016

Published April 28th, 2016 -

Labor leaders have weighed in to protect pensioners in the Puerto Rico rescue package being finalized in the House of Representatives, according to Politico.  The presidents of the SEIU and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the ... More »

April 22nd, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — April 22, 2016

Published April 22nd, 2016 -

Today’s major news is Uber’s settlement of two class action lawsuits covering 385,000 drivers in California and Massachusetts.  Both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal provided detailed coverage on the settlement, under which Uber will continue classif... More »

April 8th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — April 8, 2016

Published April 8th, 2016 -

Unions are experiencing delays in their efforts to create a $50 million super PAC to support labor-friendly Democrats in the 2016 presidential and congressional races.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the delays are attributable to a few discrete factors... More »

March 25th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — March 25, 2016

Published March 25th, 2016 -

The Illinois Supreme Court issued two rulings with mixed results for Chicago unions.  First, Chicago city workers enjoyed a legal victory when the Court declared unconstitutional a 2014 law that required workers to contribute more toward their retirements whil... More »

March 11th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — March 11, 2016

Published March 11th, 2016 -

Lydia DePillis at the Washington Post synthesized yesterday’s opening statements in McDonald’s high-stakes case before an administrative law judge at the NLRB in New York.  The case—over whether McDonald’s is a “joint employer” liable for its franchisees’ alle... More »


Zubik and the Ministerial Exception

Published March 10th, 2016 -

As the Supreme Court gears up to hear Zubik v. Burwell and the six other consolidated cases once again challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, an important question lingers about religious employers’ potential ability to flout the mandate ... More »

February 28th, 2016

Weekend News & Commentary — February 27-28, 2016

Published February 28th, 2016 -

Governor Scott Walker’s push to cut collective bargaining rights for public sector workers not only has slashed union membership numbers, but also has diminished Wisconsin unions’ political role.  This decrease in unions’ political influence, in turn, will dis... More »

February 26th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — February 26, 2016

Published February 26th, 2016 -

Delays in the Labor Department’s processing of H-2B applications are “reigniting a clash over the program’s merits and whether it harms domestic workers,” reported the Wall Street Journal.  Some in the business community are accusing the Labor Department of in... More »

February 12th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — February 12, 2016

Published February 12th, 2016 -

Allegheny Technologies (ATI) will fight the complaint that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed over the lockout of 2,200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union.  According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the lockout—which began on Augus... More »

January 29th, 2016

Today's News & Commentary — January 29, 2016

Published January 29th, 2016 -

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released figures showing that the national rate of union membership held steady in 2015.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “[t]he share of U.S. workers in unions . . . was unchanged at 11.1%.”  This percentage translate... More »