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Today’s News & Commentary — December 12, 2019

Published December 12th, 2019 -

After months of bipartisan haggling, the House has passed one of the largest military-spending bills in history.  Included in the $738 billion-dollar package are a 3% pay increase for military servicemembers and twelve weeks of parental leave for all federal e... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 11, 2019

Published December 11th, 2019 -

Yesterday, Sejal wrote about how House Democrats and the Trump Administration are about to agree on a trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which the President views as a replacement for NAFTA. Bloomberg reports that while AFL-CIO Pres... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 10, 2019

Published December 10th, 2019 -

House Democrats and the Trump Administration appear on the verge of agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a North American trade deal that President Trump is billing as a NAFTA replacement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not confirm... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 9, 2019

Published December 9th, 2019 -

Less than a year after Amazon dropped its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City, the company has signed a lease for 335,000 of office space in Hudson Yards, on Manhattan’s west side. The office will have around 1,500 employees. Amazon is taking... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary—December 8th, 2019

Published December 8th, 2019 -

This week, CBS News brought some attention to “outdated rules” in the Fair Labor Standards Act that exempt workers at theater chains like AMC from receiving overtime protections. Workers scheduled for 80-hour weeks or holiday shifts see no increase in their ba... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2019

Published December 6th, 2019 -

  Union organizing provides federal employees with a voice. Negotiations between the Environmental Protection Agency and its employees represented by the American Federation of Government Employees will recommence. Negotiations for a collective bargaining... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2019

Published December 5th, 2019 -

The Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule making it harder for states to waive requirements that certain SNAP benefits recipients work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive their food stamps.  While recipients are general... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—December 4, 2019

Published December 4th, 2019 -

In the first day of their strike, Harvard graduate student workers picketed in Harvard Yard, carrying signs, marching, and chanting “What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!” Strike organizers, faculty members, state politicians and union organize... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 3, 2019

Published December 3rd, 2019 -

Harvard graduate student workers are going on strike today, after university administrators ended a bargaining session with the Harvard Graduate Student Union-UAW yesterday without reaching agreement on a contract. (Full disclosure: Many of OnLabor‘s con... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 2, 2019

Published December 2nd, 2019 -

Construction unions, including North America’s Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, are concerned that the Trump administration may apply its apprenticeship plan to the construction industry. President Trump wants to ease the shorta... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — December 1, 2019

Published December 1st, 2019 -

Fiat Chrysler and UAW have reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract. Fiat Chrysler has agreed to add $4.5 billion in investments, which should provide 7,900 jobs over the course of four years. Local union leaders will meet Wednesday to decide whether t... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2019

Published November 29th, 2019 -

This Black Friday, retail workers are organizing for dignity in the workplace. In the American Prospect, David Dayen profiles United for Respect, an alt-labor coalition and organizing powerhouse that’s fighting low pay and indecent working conditions in a reta... More »