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Today’s News & Commentary — September 5, 2017

Published September 5th, 2017 -

At the New York Times, Michael Corkery writes about the allies “Dreamers” find in the business world.  The article, which identifies public statements made in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by prominent busines... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 4, 2017

Published September 4th, 2017 -

In honor of Labor Day, most of the major news outlets have labor-themed editorials and op-eds today.  OnLabor has a wrap up of them here. Politico reports that, according to sources familiar with President Trump’s thinking, the White House has decided to end t... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 2-3, 2017

Published September 3rd, 2017 -

Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it was issuing a review and stay on President Obama’s EEO-1 pay data collection rule, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.  The rule  would have required all employers, not ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 1, 2017

Published September 1st, 2017 -

Yesterday, a federal judge invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule, which would have doubled the overtime salary threshold to around $47,000.  The rule would have made around 4 million additional workers overtime eligible.  In an 18-page opi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 30, 2017

Published August 30th, 2017 -

A new Gallup Poll finds that 61 percent of Americans reported that they approve of labor unions.  This approval rating is five percentage points higher than last year’s approval rating and the highest approval rating since 2003.  39 percent of Americans ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2017

Published August 29th, 2017 -

An embattled St. Louis ordinance raised the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on May 5, 2017.  Yesterday, the minimum wage dropped back down to $7.70 because a state law took effect prohibiting local minimum wages above the state minimum.  Though many states ... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — August 26-27, 2017

Published August 27th, 2017 -

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration erased information pertaining to workplace deaths from its homepage on Friday.  The data has been replaced with information about how companies can make sure they comply with OSHA standards to reduce workplace ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 24, 2017

Published August 24th, 2017 -

This week, U.S. joblessness claims rose by 2,000, which was less than expected, to 234,000.  This may reflect a tightening in labor market conditions.  Joblessness claims — a close indication of layoffs — have come in below 300,000 for 129 weeks in a row.  Cen... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2017

Published August 23rd, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that labor unions are lobbying President Trump to include protection in any new NAFTA agreement from low wage workers lowering American wages. The AFL-CIO has made an extensive set of recommendations to be included in any renegotiate... More »

Daily News & Commentary—August 22, 2017

Published August 22nd, 2017 -

In an article published in The Atlantic, Victor Tan Chen discusses the impact of the economy on marriage rates in the U.S.  Chen ties the decline in the proportion of people getting married to the “disappearance of good jobs for people with less educatio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2017

Published August 21st, 2017 -

Good Jobs Nation, a coalition launched in 2013 to pressure the Obama administration on trade and wage issues, today launches a two-week tour throughout the Midwest.  The tour is one of a number of efforts by labor leaders to pressure the Trump White House to d... More »