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Today’s News & Commentary — November 3, 2017

Published November 3rd, 2017 -

House Republicans unveiled their plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code. The $1.5 trillion plan contemplates a significant tax cut for corporations, which will receive around $1 trillion or two-thirds of the total net cuts. The long-awaited plan decreases the numb... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 2, 2017

Published November 2nd, 2017 -

Democrats revealed a set of pro-labor policies in their “Better Deal” platform yesterday.  These policies include a ban on all state right-to-work laws, passing a federal law that would allow federal employees to engage in collective bargaining wit... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 1, 2017

Published November 1st, 2017 -

The Independent Drivers Guild launched its own open enrollment campaign to raise awareness of health insurance options for app-based drivers and assist in health plan enrollment. The move comes in response to the Trump administration’s decision to cut fu... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2017

Published October 31st, 2017 -

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will nominate Scott Mugno to lead the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Mugno, a safety official at FedEx Corporation, is an attorney who has worked at FedEx sinc... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 30, 2017

Published October 30th, 2017 -

WBUR’s business and technology team, BostonomiX, analyzed data from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development in order to understand the future of work in Massachusetts.  BostonomiX found that the health care and computer sectors are likely t... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 27, 2017

Published October 27th, 2017 -

Uber faces a new employment discrimination lawsuit brought by three Latina software engineers who allege that the company discriminates against women and people of color in promotions and pay.  Uber is the latest in a string of tech companies–from Google... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 26, 2017

Published October 26th, 2017 -

According to this New York Time article, the number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance rose by less than expected. While unemployment claims had risen due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the labor market seems to have recovered from those two storms... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 25, 2017

Published October 25th, 2017 -

Yesterday, American Oversight, a transparency group, filed a suit in federal court “to compel compliance with the requirements of the [Freedom of Information Act]” and make the Department of Labor release documents related to the Trump Administration’s a... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 24, 2017

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget proposal, taxes on ride share companies would increase by 15 cents per ride in 2018 and by 5 cents more per ride in 2019. This move comes in part due to advocacy by taxi companies, but ride share would remain the less expensiv... More »

Daily News & Commentary – October 23, 2017

Published October 23rd, 2017 -

The AFL-CIO re-elected Richard Trumka for a third term as the labor federation’s president last night at a national convention in St. Louis, MO.  Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre were also re-elected. The three, who toge... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 21-22, 2017

Published October 22nd, 2017 -

Jeffrey Mateer, First Assistant Attorney General of Texas and President Trump’s nominee to serve as a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Texas, has admitted to discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in two separate speeches from 2015.... More »