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Today’s News & Commentary — October 15, 2018

Published October 15th, 2018 -

Today, the Harvard Graduate Students Union – United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) will begin contract negotiations with the Harvard administration.  Graduate student workers at Harvard voted to form a union this past April.  In advance of negotiations, the uni... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 13–14, 2018

Published October 14th, 2018 -

Sixty percent of Arkansas voters support a ballot initiative to raise the state minimum wage from $8.50 to $11 by 2021, on par with California and Massachusetts. The ballot initiative looks likely to pass, despite the state’s deep conservative politics, loud o... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10, 2018

Published October 10th, 2018 -

The nationwide Marriott workers’ strike enters its second week today, with hotel workers in eight major U.S. cities demanding higher wages, job security, and improved workplace safety protections. Nearly 8,000 workers, including housekeepers, bellhops, bartend... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 9, 2018

Published October 9th, 2018 -

2,700 workers at major Hawaii hotels have joined a nationwide hotel workers strike, the Associated Press reports.   The strike began last week in Boston, San Francisco, and other major U.S. cities, as OnLabor has previously reported.   Representatives of Unite... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 8, 2018

Published October 8th, 2018 -

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is facing accusations that he discriminated against Native Americans when reassigning 33 career Interior Department officials last summer. Even though Native Americans represent less than 10% of DOI’s workforce, fully... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 5, 2018

Published October 5th, 2018 -

This morning, the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A final vote could occur as early as tomorrow. 51 Senators, including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for clotur... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 4, 2018

Published October 4th, 2018 -

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted to overturn a recent referendum in which voters eliminated the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The referendum would have gradually raised this wage from $3.89 an hour up to the standard minimum wage by 2... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 3, 2018

Published October 3rd, 2018 -

News coverage of Amazon’s minimum pay raise continued yesterday.  After its initial announcement, Amazon added that it will lobby Washington to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour but did not specify how much it would push for.  The New York T... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 2, 2018

Published October 2nd, 2018 -

Today Amazon announced that it would raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $15.00/hour. These wage increases will apply to more than 250,000 Amazon employees, including those working at grocery chain Whole Foods, as well as over 100,000 seasonal emp... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2018

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »