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Fox v. Netflix and Injunctions in Hollywood

Published May 15th, 2019 -

As Netflix evolved from a streaming platform to a producer of original films and series, it needed to hire executives with experience developing and marketing original programming. To find such talent, Netflix looked to the ranks of studios like Twentieth Cent... More »

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The Bogus Justification for Worker Non-Compete Clauses

Published April 24th, 2019 -

Even as employers have deprived nearly 30 million workers of the freedom to leave using non-compete clauses, they and their advocates insist that non-competes promote the public good. The case for robbing workers of the freedom to earn a living where they want... More »

April 7th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 6–7, 2019

Published April 7th, 2019 -

The March jobs report revealed that the U.S. added 196,000 jobs last month, exceeding forecasts and demonstrating recovery from February’s slowdown. The numbers in Friday’s monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate strong, sustainable economi... More »

March 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 9-10, 2019

Published March 10th, 2019 -

Labor activist and union organizer Nerexda Soto was arrested Wednesday when she met with Unite Here workers on site at the Hyatt-owned Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.  A small group of Unite Here Local 11 workers and supporters protested the arrest Friday.  Pro... More »

February 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 23-24, 2019

Published February 24th, 2019 -

Employee pay and benefits comprise a declining percentage (52.7%) of the gross domestic income, even as unemployment rates remain low and demand for workers high.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the percentage figure for labor income fell again ... More »

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Protecting Worker Power with Antitrust

Published February 19th, 2019 - and

Workers principally have two ways to exercise power in the labor market: exit and voice (as labor scholar and former Department of Labor Administrator David Weil has explained). Labor law is concerned with worker voice, namely the right of workers to engage in... More »

February 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 9–10, 2019

Published February 10th, 2019 -

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will likely join the 2020 presidential race today, amid stories depicting her tyrannical style of workplace management.  Klobuchar’s habits as a boss have marred her efforts to launch her campaign and distinguish herself in an i... More »

January 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 26–27, 2019

Published January 27th, 2019 -

The government shutdown ended Friday afternoon after 35 days.  Many political players and commentators are attributing Trump’s “caving” on the border wall to Nancy Pelosi’s prowess at controlling the struggle between the parties, or to rising public resentment... More »

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OnLabor Reaches One Million Views

Published January 14th, 2019 -

Last week, OnLabor reached our one millionth page view! We are thrilled and grateful to all of you—our readers, contributors, and community—who have helped us grow into a hub of conversation about labor law, politics, and power. To celebrate the work of our co... More »

January 13th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 12–13, 2019

Published January 13th, 2019 -

Sunday is day 22 of the shutdown.  Furloughed federal employees will receive back pay for these days, as approved by the House and Senate late last week.  Contractors’ back pay will be attended to in separate legislation, now pending.  As the Washington Post e... More »

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Antitrust Laws and Collective Action

Published January 7th, 2019 -

Charlotte Garden’s insightful essay at Take Care about how antitrust laws are being used as a bludgeon against union collective action immediately brings to my mind Andrew Strom’s OnLabor post about the so-called “Powell Memo.” My hope is that considering thes... More »

 

Happy Holidays from OnLabor!

Published December 25th, 2018 -

We believe that all workers deserve time off — so we’ll be pausing our daily News and Commentary posts for the next week. We’ll be back in the New Year. In the meantime, check out some of our best content of 2018 from Professor Ben Sachs and from o... More »