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Daily News & Commentary — June 13, 2017

Published June 13th, 2017 -

New York City’s Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 endorsed Mayor Bill De Blasio’s proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX)—a sixteen-mile, 24/7 streetcar planned to run along the East River.  The project is controversial in part because of how expensive ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 12, 2017

Published June 12th, 2017 -

This week, President Trump will make the expansion of apprenticeship programs the center of his labor policy.  The Wall Street Journal reports that these programs could help fill the record number of job openings—6 million in April.  While Trump’s proposed bud... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 10-11, 2017

Published June 11th, 2017 -

Lawmakers are moving to reform the H1-B visa program, a hotly contested temporary visa program for specialized workers.  According to Politico, Senator Chuck Grassley met with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Thursday to discuss the program.  In the past, Gras... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 9, 2017

Published June 9th, 2017 -

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will not resign but will seek to form a minority government after her party lost its parliamentary majority in yesterday’s election. The future of Brexit and recent calls to limit immigration are now less clear. The results... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2017

Published June 8th, 2017 -

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta highlighted apprenticeships and job training.  These topics also seem to be current priorities for President Trump.  Secretary Acosta’s testimony predictably signale... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 7, 2017

Published June 7th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider whether arrangements requiring non-union employees in the public sector to pay fair share or agency fees violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Yesterday, Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, petitio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2017

Published June 6th, 2017 -

Fewer American teenagers are looking for summer jobs, despite more employers looking to hire seasonal workers.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects this summer’s teen workforce participation rate to be around 40% as compared with 70% in the late 1980... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 5, 2017

Published June 5th, 2017 -

AT&T West, DirecTV West, and the Communications Workers of America, District 9 reached a tentative labor agreement on Friday.  The labor agreement would cover 17,000 workers in California and Nevada for four years.  This contract is the first union contrac... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 3-4, 2017

Published June 4th, 2017 -

Last week, the Illinois State Senate voted to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2022.  The bill provides for an incremental wage increase over the course of five years.  Currently, the state’s minimum wage is $8.25.  Many low wage workers have praise... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 2, 2017

Published June 2nd, 2017 -

British Airways’ cabin crew have announced they will hold a four-day strike later this month. This strike comes on the heels of an IT meltdown prompting the airline to strand 75,000 passengers at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick. The crew is striking over inferio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 1, 2017

Published June 1st, 2017 -

Employment changes continue at Uber, who reported yesterday that its Finance Head, Gautam Gupta, will be leaving in July.  This comes after the company fired Anthony Levandowski, as reported previously on the blog, and after Josh Mohrer, general manager of Ube... More »