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October 20th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — October 19-20, 2019

Published October 20th, 2019 -

At The New York Times, Noam Scheiber asks why there are so many workers on strike despite signs of a robust economy.  He then explains that it is precisely because the economy is strong that employees are now fighting for their fair share of corporate profits ... More »

October 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 18, 2019

Published October 18th, 2019 -

More than 30,000 Chicago public school teachers and support staff walked out of classrooms yesterday, in the latest stage of teacher strikes since successful teachers strikes in West Virginia and Kentucky kicked off the #RedforEd movement early last year. CTU ... More »

October 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 17, 2019

Published October 17th, 2019 -

  It’s a gangbusters day for strike news. The Chicago Teachers Union is officially on strike after failing to reach a last-minute deal with the city.  The union, whose latest contract expired in June, is asking for a 15% pay raise over three years, limits... More »

October 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 16, 2019

Published October 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday’s Democratic debate featured the 12 remaining candidates onstage in Ohio, debating topics from impeachment to income inequality.  Some labor-related highlights included Sen. Elizabeth Warren arguing that it needs to be easier for workers to join a un... More »

October 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – October 15th, 2019

Published October 15th, 2019 -

Yesterday, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied and marched in downtown Chicago. Taking advantage of yesterday’s school holiday, the marchers hoped to rally public support for the nearly 35,00... More »

October 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— Oct 14th, 2019

Published October 14th, 2019 -

While GM workers enter week five of their strike, workers in other companies are also using collective action to achieve their labor goals. Mack Truck workers at six locations in three states launched a strike this past weekend. The strike includes 3,500 UAW m... More »

October 13th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — Oct 13, 2019

Published October 13th, 2019 -

On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed new worker-protection legislation into law. AB51 forbids employers from requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, and AB9 extends the time-limit for employees... More »

October 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— Oct 11th, 2019

Published October 11th, 2019 -

UAW workers are still striking for better wages, job security, and working conditions at GM. As the 49,000 workers continue their efforts, union leadership met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday at GM’s Detroit headquarters. While the meeting did not produce ... More »

October 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10, 2019

Published October 10th, 2019 -

Yesterday The New York Times spotlighted a post-Janus battle in Alaska over public sector union membership.  While Alaska has traditionally been friendly union territory, Governor Mike Dunleavy, a conservative Republican who took office late last year, has sho... More »

October 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 9, 2019

Published October 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported on a new study of American tax burdens by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabrieal Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley. The study analyzes the “effective” tax rates paid by Americans since the 196... More »

October 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 8th, 2019

Published October 8th, 2019 -

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases that turn on whether Title VII’s protections against sex discrimination extend to anti-LGBTQ discrimination, as Lolita reported yesterday. Aimee Stephens, Gerald Bostock, and the family of Donald ... More »

October 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 7, 2019

Published October 7th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases that turn on whether Title VII’s protections against sex discrimination extend to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In anticipation of the argument, NBC News published the stories of transgender emp... More »