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Weekend News & Commentary — September 23-24, 2017

Published September 24th, 2017 -

Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post discussing how NAFTA has disadvantaged American workers.  Citing a report released by the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis within the Department of Commerce, Secretary Ross arg... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 21, 2017

Published September 21st, 2017 -

Yesterday, Washington’s State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group, operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers for paying thousands of detainees $1 per day instead of the minimum wage.  The GEO Group claims the cente... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2017

Published September 20th, 2017 -

Bloomberg reports that some labor unions are teaching workers how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Unite Here! has organized sessions around the country to teach hotel workers their rights and how to “effectively ston... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2017

Published September 18th, 2017 -

Last Thursday, a new union of nontenure-track faculty at Northwestern University filed a charge with the NLRB that accused the university of violating labor laws by refusing to bargain over a first contract.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the NLRB certified... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 16-17, 2017

Published September 17th, 2017 -

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell synthesizes data challenging the notion that globalization and manufacturing’s decline explain President Trump’s electoral victory.  When controlling for demographic factors, Mr. Trump was only three percent more popul... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 15, 2017

Published September 15th, 2017 -

Google was sued yesterday in a class action alleging that the company pays women less than it pays men for similar work and that the company places women into lesser job tracks.  The suit comes on the heels of last week’s New York Times report of salary ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 14, 2017

Published September 14th, 2017 -

According to the New York Times, 34,000 participants in the Teamsters union will have their pension benefits cut by nearly 30%. The participants voted to cut benefits in order to help the “cash-strapped plan.” Although more members voted no than voted yes, to ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2017

Published September 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, street protests erupted in numerous cities in France, including Lyon, Nantes, and Toulouse, in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform French labor law.  The proposed reforms aim to ease rules for small businesses, loosen hirin... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 9-10, 2017

Published September 10th, 2017 -

The Trump Administration’s announcement that it plans to end DACA has understandably been the topic of the moment (see our coverage here and here). At the Atlantic, Priscilla Alvarez profiles the fears and challenges “Dreamers” face in light ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2017

Published September 7th, 2017 -

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would be ending DACA in 6 months, protests have occurred nationwide.  NPR breaks down the myths and facts behind Attorney General Sessions’ claim that Dreamers are taking jobs away from... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2017

Published September 6th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice, Europe’s human rights court, ruled on Tuesday that it would allow companies to monitor their employees emails if they are notified in advance. The ruling applies to the 4... More »