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Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2018

Published April 19th, 2018 -

Harvard University graduate students began voting Wednesday on whether to unionize, following the successful unionization efforts at Columbia University, New York University, and other schools. This is the second union election in a years-long effort to unioni... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2018

Published April 18th, 2018 -

Arizona teachers began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday afternoon.  While Republican Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to a 20% pay raise for teachers by 2020, many teachers have criticized the plan for not including pay raises for support staff and for fai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2018

Published April 16th, 2018 -

Teachers’ union leaders in Oklahoma have ended their nine-day teachers’ strike which began on April 2nd.  In anticipation of the strike, state lawmakers had passed a $6,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers, the largest in the state’s history.  In addition to pa... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2018

Published April 13th, 2018 -

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that is aimed at protecting public workers’ rights in advance of the Supreme Court’s potentially adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  The new law allows unions to deny full benefits to worke... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2018

Published April 11th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump privately issued an executive order imposing work requirements on able-bodied recipients of food stamps, Medicaid, and low-income housing subsidies.  The order, entitled “Reducing Poverty in America,” requires all cabinet... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 10, 2018

Published April 10th, 2018 -

Today is equal pay day.  The date each year symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  The National Committee on Pay Equity encourages people to wear red in honor of equal pay day. On Monday, the 9th Circuit... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 9, 2018

Published April 9th, 2018 -

The NLRB general counsel’s office has asked the NLRB to withdraw its February decision to vacate Hy-Brand, the decision that reversed Browning-Ferris and thereby made it harder for companies to be held jointly liable for the labor violations of their contracto... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2018

Published April 5th, 2018 -

The Washington Post recently commented on the long delays faced by federal employees alleging sexual harassment in the workplace, with some lawyers and federal officials feeling that the federal government is lagging behind the private sector in terms of addre... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – April 4, 2018

Published April 4th, 2018 -

Beginning on Monday and continuing on Tuesday, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky protested at their state capitols. Inspired by the successful teacher walkout in West Virginia, teachers in these states are demanding action from their state’s legislatures.  Alt... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – April 3, 2018

Published April 3rd, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that service advisers at car dealerships are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro et. al.  Justice Thomas, writing for the majority, concluded that service advi... More »