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August 18th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 18, 2019

Published August 18th, 2019 -

This week, Politico reported on tensions between the Trump administration and the once-supportive building trades unions, after revelations about a Labor Department proposal to push forward an industry-led “apprenticeship program” have proven controversial. Th... More »

August 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2019

Published August 16th, 2019 -

Senate Republicans won’t even consider legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Last month, the House approved the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15, by a vote of 231 to 199. But to get to the President’s desk, the leg... More »

August 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2019

Published August 15th, 2019 -

Two former Jones Day associates, a married couple, filed suit against the firm alleging various forms of discrimination, retaliation, and interference.  They first allege that the firm’s parental leave policy providing 10 weeks of paid leave to biological pare... More »

August 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 14, 2019

Published August 14th, 2019 -

The Nation reported today on working conditions for participants in the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which provides over 100,000 foreign college students with J-1 visas to work in the United States each summer. According to a recent investigation by the I... More »

August 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 13, 2019

Published August 13th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Trump Administration issued its “public charge” rule, which allows U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to deny greencards to any documented immigrants who have used, or who USCIS believes are likely to use, public benefits like food stamps or ... More »

August 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 12, 2019

Published August 12th, 2019 -

On Friday, Oregon became the first state to offer 100% wage replacement for minimum-wage workers. The state will provide 12 weeks paid time off to new parents, survivors of domestic violence, and those who need to care for a family member, significant other, o... More »

August 11th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 11, 2019

Published August 11th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a petition asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify the union of federal immigration judges. The petition claims that immigration judges should be considered “management officials” ineligible t... More »

August 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 9, 2019

Published August 9th, 2019 -

ICE agents raided companies across Mississippi on Wednesday, arresting about 680 undocumented immigrants in what might be the largest worksite enforcement action ever in a single state.  The facilities raided included four poultry plants; the New York Times re... More »

August 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2019

Published August 8th, 2019 -

A Walmart corporate employee called for a worker walkout in protest of the retailer’s position regarding the sale of guns.  Earlier this week, Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old employee of Walmart’s e-commerce workforce, urged Walmart employees to call in sick on... More »

August 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2019

Published August 7th, 2019 -

This year, public sector employees in blue states have organized to expand their collective bargaining right—scoring significant legislative gains in spite of the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus decision. The Intercept reports that more than 22,000 public sector wo... More »

August 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 6, 2019

Published August 6th, 2019 -

The New York Times reported yesterday on a letter that a group of Democratic senators sent to Google urging the company’s CEO to convert many of its temporary and full-time contract workers to full-time employees. Citing reporting from earlier this year, the l... More »

August 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 5, 2019

Published August 5th, 2019 -

AT&T workers — represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) — rallied in Atlanta for a fair contract on Saturday.  Around 20,000 AT&T employees in nine Southeastern states are covered by the same contract, which expired over t... More »