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Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2018

Published April 18th, 2018 -

Arizona teachers began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday afternoon.  While Republican Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to a 20% pay raise for teachers by 2020, many teachers have criticized the plan for not including pay raises for support staff and for fai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2018

Published April 15th, 2018 -

On April 11, Senate Republicans confirmed management-side attorney John Ring for the only vacant seat on the NLRB in a 50-48 party-line vote.  On Friday, President Trump indicated he would elevate Ring to Board Chairman, demoting current Chairman and fellow Tr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2018

Published April 13th, 2018 -

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that is aimed at protecting public workers’ rights in advance of the Supreme Court’s potentially adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  The new law allows unions to deny full benefits to worke... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2018

Published April 11th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump privately issued an executive order imposing work requirements on able-bodied recipients of food stamps, Medicaid, and low-income housing subsidies.  The order, entitled “Reducing Poverty in America,” requires all cabinet... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 7-8

Published April 8th, 2018 -

The Washington Post reports that Target has agreed to a $3.74 million settlement with black and Latino job applicants who claimed that the company’s criminal background check policy was discriminatory.  The NAACP Legal Defense Fund had filed a class action law... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – April 4, 2018

Published April 4th, 2018 -

Beginning on Monday and continuing on Tuesday, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky protested at their state capitols. Inspired by the successful teacher walkout in West Virginia, teachers in these states are demanding action from their state’s legislatures.  Alt... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – April 3, 2018

Published April 3rd, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that service advisers at car dealerships are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro et. al.  Justice Thomas, writing for the majority, concluded that service advi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 30, 2018

Published March 30th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump made his first public appearance in five days, speaking with local workers in Richfield, Ohio. ABC News reports that he publicized his administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, expressing openness to a piecemeal approach in... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 29, 2018

Published March 29th, 2018 -

Campus and local labor unions released a statement in support of the graduate student unionization effort at Harvard University, reports The Crimson. The statement urging graduate students to vote in favor of unionization comes a few weeks before the election,... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 28, 2018

Published March 28th, 2018 -

Teachers are suing the U.S. Department of Education and loan servicing companies like FedLoan for their practice of converting grants for teachers to loans. Since 2008, the federal government has offered TEACH grants to encourage teachers to teach in low-incom... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — March 24-25, 2018

Published March 25th, 2018 -

Earlier this week, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. government to consider enacting tariffs against China and to publish a proposed list of the goods that will be subject to protective tariffs within 15 days.  There will be a... More »