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The Trump NLRB is in a Hurry to Rewrite Labor Law

Published September 17th, 2019 -

Donald Trump’s appointees on the National Labor Relations Board seem to have come to the conclusion that he’s going to be a one-term President, so they are racing as fast as they can to chip away at workers’ rights.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post nomina... More »

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Héctor Figueroa: An Appreciation

Published July 20th, 2019 -

Héctor Figueroa died last week at the tragically young age of 57.  I had the good fortune to work with Héctor for the past seventeen years, and to watch him grow into a truly inspiring leader.  For the past seven years Héctor was President of SEIU Local 32BJ, ... More »

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Sectoral Approach for Domestic Workers

Published July 16th, 2019 -

This week, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Pramila Jayapal introduced the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (HR 3760 and S 2112).  The bill provides a number of important protections for domestic workers.  The bill corrects several historical e... More »

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Advocating for a Workers’ Advocate

Published June 27th, 2019 -

With gridlock in Congress the norm for the foreseeable future, the federal regulatory process has taken on greater importance as a policy tool.  But relying on the regulatory process to advance progressive, pro-worker policy is problematic.  The modern federal... More »

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More Epic Fall Out: Your Lawsuit or Your Job

Published June 24th, 2019 -

Last year, Ben and I flagged concerns about the breadcrumbs that the Supreme Court dropped in its opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis on the path to narrowing the National Labor Relations Act’s protection for concerted activity.  A recent filing by the Board’s Ge... More »

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Questionable Opinion About the Gig Economy

Published May 8th, 2019 -

As OnLabor covered last week (here and here), the Department of Labor recently issued an “opinion letter” finding that the workers deriving income from an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” are independent contractors and not employees covered by the Fair L... More »

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The Trump NLRB Just Made Labor Law Even More Toothless

Published April 9th, 2019 -

One of the most widely observed weaknesses in federal labor law is the absence of effective remedies.  Scholars have been writing about this problem for decades, and a Human Rights Watch report issued in 2000 described a “culture of near-impunity” resulting fr... More »

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Your Tax Dollars at Work at the NLRB

Published March 29th, 2019 -

The House Education and Labor Committee recently revealed that the Trump appointees on the NLRB are hiring a private contractor to help review the public comments submitted in response to their proposed joint employer rule.  NLRB Chairman John Ring told the Me... More »