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Today’s News & Commentary — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Published December 7th, 2018 -

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report: unemployment remains at 3.7% for the third month, and the U.S. added 155,000 nonfarm jobs.  Reactions are mixed; while the report is “weaker than expected,” it is also a sign of an ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 3, 2018

Published December 3rd, 2018 -

General Motor’s recent plant closings may be a warning of things to come for salaried workers, the Associated Press reports.  The cuts included many workers with college degrees, reflecting that in this era of rapid technological change, jobs once though... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 1-2, 2018

Published December 2nd, 2018 -

The nation’s minimum wages are lower than the wages the nation’s voters would prefer, according to a Pew Research Center survey. While many workers across the nation have been celebrating recent victories for higher minimum wages, the average state resident pr... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 17–18, 2018

Published November 18th, 2018 -

In Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Marriott have struck a deal, ending an historic 46-day strike.  Saturday afternoon the workers ratified the new contract in a 677-9 vote.  Terms remain undisclosed, but union representatives indicate that workers now have mor... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 3–4, 2018

Published November 4th, 2018 -

Commenting on the Google walkout last Thursday, Professor Brishen Rogers told CNBC that the “numbers and level of coordination involved” were “unprecedented” in the tech sector.  In white-collar tech, where employers pose as “family” and salaries are high, uni... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 20–21, 2018

Published October 21st, 2018 -

The trans-continental Marriott strike continues without flagging.  Seven thousand workers in Boston, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Detroit, and throughout Hawaii are disrupting operations at dozens of Marriott-owned hotels.  The SF Examiner describes the... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — October 16, 2018

Published October 16th, 2018 -

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently held a meeting with cab drivers to discuss potential changes to the taxi industry. After the 2008 financial crisis, San Francisco began selling its taxi medallions for 250,000 dollars, which drivers vi... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — October 12, 2018

Published October 12th, 2018 -

A coalition of Missouri labor unions filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging a new state law that makes state employees easier to fire. Under Missouri’s merit system, most state employees are hired and retained according to standardized, performance-based cri... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much c... More »