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February 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 16-17, 2019

Published February 17th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Illinois state lawmakers passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The $15 minimum wage was a campaign staple and top legislative priority for Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker, who announced in a statement t... More »

February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

February 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 14, 2019

Published February 14th, 2019 -

Yesterday New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams introduced two bills that together would require fast-food corporations to demonstrate “just cause” for discharging employees.  The legislation has a broad definition of discharge, encompas... More »

February 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2019

Published February 13th, 2019 -

The Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that hears grievance appeals for federal workers, is about to lose its last member. The Board has three seats, two of which have been vacant throughout the Trump administration because of a deadlocked... More »

February 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 12, 2019

Published February 12th, 2019 -

Yesterday, teachers in Denver Public Schools walked off the job in the latest iteration of the teachers strikes that have swept the country. The strike, the city’s first in 25 years, follows over 14 months of negotiations between the teachers union and t... More »

February 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2019

Published February 11th, 2019 -

Congressional talks over border security broke down Sunday, as the current government funding measure is set to run out this Friday at midnight, the New York Times reports.  If no deal is reached by that time, the government will shut down, leaving hundreds of... 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 »

February 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 8, 2019

Published February 8th, 2019 -

Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against a transgender employee who brought a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.  Nicole Wittmer, a transgender woman, sued Phillips 66 after the company withd... More »

February 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

Published February 7th, 2019 -

The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid... More »

February 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 6, 2019

Published February 6th, 2019 -

The National Labor Relations Board is calling for amicus briefs on whether it should continue to exert jurisdiction over charter schools.  In two decisions handed down in 2016, the Board held that charter schools, which are privately owned but publicly funded,... More »

February 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2019

Published February 5th, 2019 -

New Jersey on Monday became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.  Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, paving the way for the new minimum wage to be phased in over five years.  New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, N... More »

February 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2019

Published February 4th, 2019 -

As sex workers around the country had warned, sex trafficking has spiked since the federal government enacted SESTA/FOSTA last year.  For instance, San Francisco police recorded a 170% increase in human trafficking reports in 2018.  Under the Stop Enabling Sex... More »