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Today’s News & Commentary—January 17, 2020

Published January 17th, 2020 -

Working-class candidates are making personal and financial sacrifices to run for office, despite campaign guidelines specifically intended to make it easier for them to quit their jobs and run. A 2002 Federal Election Commission rule permits candidates running... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2020

Published January 16th, 2020 -

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Babb v. Wilkie.  The question before the Court was whether federal workers alleging age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) must show that the adverse action would not have hap... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 15, 2020

Published January 15th, 2020 -

The Guardian reports on efforts by FedEx, the second largest logistics company in the US, to thwart union organizing campaigns at its warehouses. FedEx spent $870,000 between 2014 and 2018 on union avoidance consultants, making it one of the top spenders on an... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 14, 2019

Published January 14th, 2020 -

Instacart workers are asking customers of the grocery delivery app to participate in a two-day nationwide boycott next week. Organizers of the boycott have one demand: that the company restores its default tip amount to 10%. Thousands of workers staged a three... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 13, 2020

Published January 13th, 2020 -

On Sunday, the Department of Labor announced a final rule for its updated regulations on joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule relies on a four-factor balancing test to determine joint employer status, considering “wheth... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 12, 2020

Published January 12th, 2020 -

This past Friday CNN agreed to pay $76 million in back pay, the largest monetary remedy in the history of the National Labor Relations Board. In a dispute dating back to 2003, the media channel finally reached a settlement with National Association of Broadcas... More »

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Daily News & Commentary— January 10, 2020

Published January 10th, 2020 -

France’s transportation strike against austerity reached its sixth week yesterday — and is now the longest strike in the nation’s history. Public sector workers went on strike in early December to protest the government’s proposed pension reform proposal to me... More »

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Daily News & Commentary— January 9, 2020

Published January 9th, 2020 -

Workers at Delta Airlines are suing Lands’ End over health concerns they attribute to negligently made uniforms. They filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that the uniforms were tested and showed “several heavy metals and chemicals present above safe levels, i... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 8, 2019

Published January 8th, 2020 -

The New York Times reports that the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund—the largest musicians’ pension plan in the United States—is seeking to cut benefits that have already been earned by thousands of musicians to prevent the plan fro... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2020

Published January 7th, 2020 -

Yesterday a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously concluded that the Board lacked jurisdiction over a labor dispute arising out of operations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Carriers at O’Hare contract with outs... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 6, 2020

Published January 6th, 2020 -

The average CEO of an S&P 500 company has already earned more since the start of 2020 than the average worker at that same company will earn all year. In a study analyzing Securities and Exchange Commission filings, the AFL-CIO union considered stock optio... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — January 5, 2020

Published January 5th, 2020 -

California’s controversial AB5 law came into effect on January 1, to fierce opposition from industry.  The law codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex test for classifying workers as employees, rather than independent contractors.  Last week, Uber and ... More »