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Today’s News & Commentary – March 7, 2018

Published March 7th, 2018 -

Public school teachers in West Virginia ended their strike yesterday when the state Senate agreed to grant teachers a five percent raise and voted to ratify the pay raise 34-0.  Inspired by the actions in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have r... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – March 6, 2018

Published March 6th, 2018 -

On Monday, a test case about racial bias in hair testing began in a Boston district court.  A black woman who applied for a job as a Boston police officer but was denied when her hair sample tested positive for cocaine and a group of black officers who claimed... More »

Daily News & Commentary — March 5, 2018

Published March 5th, 2018 -

In a Bloomberg opinion article, New York University Law Professor Samuel Estreicher proposes a creative way that unions could withstand a Supreme Court defeat in Janus v. AFSCME: allow workers who object to paying union dues to instead donate an equivalent amo... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — March 3-4, 2018

Published March 4th, 2018 -

In response to E.U. threats of retaliation against his proposed steel and aluminum tariffs, President Trump threatened that he would levy a new tax on cars imported from the European Union.  Presently, the United States levies a 2.5 percent tariff duty on cars... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 2, 2018

Published March 2nd, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump announced that he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, effectively taxing every foreign shipment of those metals into the United States. The New York Times reports that the announcement was made despite strong pushback... More »

Daily News & Commentary — March 1, 2018

Published March 1st, 2018 -

The New York Times opinion section has offered two somewhat conflicting views on wage growth in the last two days. The first argues that corporate America has been suppressing wages for many workers through noncompete clauses and no-poaching agreements and is ... More »

Daily News & Commentary — February 28, 2018

Published February 28th, 2018 -

Today, a strike by unionized public school teachers in West Virginia will end as union leaders and Governor James C. Justice have reached a deal.  Governor Justice promised the state’s teachers and other school employees a 5 percent raise and that he would cre... More »

Daily News & Commentary — February 27, 2018

Published February 27th, 2018 -

Last week on the blog, we wrote about why the NLRB should withdraw the Hy-Brand decision (here and here)—in short, because a Board member who voted for the result, William Emanuel, should have recused himself (his former law firm represented one of the c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 26, 2018

Published February 26th, 2018 -

Oral argument for Janus happens today.  As a refresher, a ruling in favor of the plaintiff, Mark Janus, would bar public sector unions from collecting agency fees that go to collective-bargaining costs from union non-members.  Because unions are still under a ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — February 24-25, 2018

Published February 25th, 2018 -

West Virginia teachers are expected to continue striking for the third consecutive school day on Monday, in the state’s second-ever teacher strike.  The first strike, which occurred in 1990, lasted for eight school days, did not include non-teacher perso... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2018

Published February 22nd, 2018 -

President Trump met with leaders from the country’s largest labor unions yesterday to discuss plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the administration is trying to gain support from labor unions whi... More »