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Today’s News & Commentary — September 29, 2017

Published September 29th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court will consider whether agency-fee agreements in the public sector are constitutional.  Read our round up of coverage on the cert. grant in Janus v. AFSCME here. In other Supreme Court news, at Slate, Daniel Hemel explores Murphy Oil‘s po... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 28, 2017

Published September 28th, 2017 -

According to the New York Times, apprenticeships have the power to help Americans gain jobs and secure rising wages. This article details Destina Garcia, a woman who secured an apprenticeship as a community health worker and then secured a permanent job. Presi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2017

Published September 26th, 2017 -

American cities are going wild as Amazon looks for a place to build its second headquarters and employ 50,000 people.  Tucson businessmen sent a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos’ office.  Philadelphia and Tulsa have expressed openness to modifying their tax ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 25, 2017

Published September 25th, 2017 -

President Trump has issued a new travel ban, restricting most travel from seven countries—Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea.  Additionally, Iraqi and Venezuelan citizens will face heightened scrutiny when seeking to enter the United Sta... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 23-24, 2017

Published September 24th, 2017 -

Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post discussing how NAFTA has disadvantaged American workers.  Citing a report released by the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis within the Department of Commerce, Secretary Ross arg... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 21, 2017

Published September 21st, 2017 -

Yesterday, Washington’s State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group, operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers for paying thousands of detainees $1 per day instead of the minimum wage.  The GEO Group claims the cente... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2017

Published September 20th, 2017 -

Bloomberg reports that some labor unions are teaching workers how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Unite Here! has organized sessions around the country to teach hotel workers their rights and how to “effectively ston... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2017

Published September 18th, 2017 -

Last Thursday, a new union of nontenure-track faculty at Northwestern University filed a charge with the NLRB that accused the university of violating labor laws by refusing to bargain over a first contract.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the NLRB certified... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 16-17, 2017

Published September 17th, 2017 -

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell synthesizes data challenging the notion that globalization and manufacturing’s decline explain President Trump’s electoral victory.  When controlling for demographic factors, Mr. Trump was only three percent more popul... More »