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Today’s News & Commentary — June 19, 2018

Published June 19th, 2018 -

In the wake of the Epic Systems decision, U.S. companies are flocking to include forced arbitration and class action waiver clauses in their contracts.  Attorney Ron Chapman of Ogletree Deakins helped create an arbitration clause generator on his firm’s ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 18, 2018

Published June 18th, 2018 -

A new report shows that workers paid the minimum wage can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S., the Hill reports. The report, released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, concludes that even the newly popular $15 an hour minimu... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 16 – 17, 2018

Published June 17th, 2018 -

Longtime liberal labor activist Ed “Oil Can” Sadlowski passed away on Sunday, June 10, after a years-long battle with Lewy body dementia.  Mr. Sadlowski was elected president of United Steelworkers Local 65 at a mere 26 years of age, More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 15, 2018

Published June 15th, 2018 -

A potential city of Anaheim living wage ordinance has reached a crucial milestone of support, and, if passed, would give Disneyland workers $18 an hour fixed to the cost of living, the Los Angeles Times reports. As OnLabor previously reported, the fight to bet... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 14, 2018

Published June 14th, 2018 -

On Tuesday, Washington governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order intended to mitigate the fallout from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems. In the order, the governor instructs state agencies to contract only with businesses who can demonst... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 13, 2017

Published June 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, a former Tesla employee testified before the NLRB that the company stopped him from union organizing in February of last year.  Michael Sanchez was reportedly asked to leave by security guards after distributing pro-union flyers to co-workers outsid... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 12, 2018

Published June 12th, 2018 -

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided yesterday that most victims of domestic violence may no longer apply for asylum in the United States. Immigration law allows the attorney general to singlehandedly reverse a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, a... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 11, 2018

Published June 11th, 2018 -

Next week, D.C. residents will vote on Initiative 77, a ballot initiative to raise the tipped minimum wage to match D.C.’s standard minimum wage of $12.50 an hour (rising to $15 by 2020). Most U.S. states maintain a sub-minimum base wage for tipped worke... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9 – 10, 2018

Published June 10th, 2018 -

Starting tomorrow, no Costco employee will earn below $14 an hour.  While some locations already saw a $13.50 an hour minimum wage, the new mark, which nearly doubles the federal minimum of $7.25, signals that the “fight for $15” is edging forward, and the nat... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2018

Published June 8th, 2018 -

The U.S. may be facing its largest labor strike in decades, as the vast majority of UPS’s 260,000 Teamsters voted to strike if their union can’t reach an agreement with their employer, CBS News reports.  The current UPS-Teamsters contract expires o... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 7, 2018

Published June 7th, 2018 -

A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that over half of Americans view the decline in labor union density negatively, while just over a third see the traditional labor movement’s shrinking membership in a positive light.  The results reflect a partisan... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 5, 2018

Published June 5th, 2018 -

Tomato pickers and labor activists from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will protest today outside of Wendy’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting to demand that the company join its Fair Food Program. The Fair Food ... More »