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May 7th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary — May 7

Published May 7th, 2014 -

A group of international union representatives met in New York yesterday to plan another round of day-long protests at fast-food restaurants — this time across the United States and around the world. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post r... More »

May 7th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – May 6

Published May 7th, 2014 -

The Wall Street Journal reports on “high-stakes negotiations” between the Metropolitan Opera and the singer’s union, including management filing an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB “even before across-the-table talks begin.... More »

May 5th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – May 5

Published May 5th, 2014 -

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a bill that will increase the state’s minimum wage in steps over several years from $7.25 to $10.10, reports The Washington Post. “It is not fair, it is not right, it is not just that people should play by the rules... More »

May 4th, 2014

Weekend News and Commentary — May 3–4

Published May 4th, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that Chinese workers are utilizing technology to increase labor organization efforts.  The Times highlights workers’ struggle for fair benefits contributions against their employer Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, the world’s largest ma... More »

May 2nd, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — May 2

Published May 2nd, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a deal with the city’s largest teacher’s union.  The agreement will “raise wages 18 percent over nine years in exchange for a $1.3 billion dollar reduction in health care costs.” ... More »

May 1st, 2014

Today's News and Commentary — May 1

Published May 1st, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that New York City is nearing a nine-year agreement with the Teacher’s union.  The United Federation of Teachers has been in a five-year dispute with the city over nearly $3 billion dollars in back pay they believe the city owes.  Th... More »

April 30th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – April 30

Published April 30th, 2014 -

With the prospect of a congressional raise in worker wage floors dimming, the White House and labor groups are shifting their efforts to the state and local level.  As the Wall Street Journal reports, “States and cities setting their own pay standards ha... More »

April 29th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – April 29

Published April 29th, 2014 -

In Detroit, city officials have reached tentative agreements with local unions in the course of the city’s bankruptcy proceedings. The New York Times reports that the agreements’ terms are currently confidential and subject to ratification by union members. 14... More »

April 28th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–April 28

Published April 28th, 2014 -

According to the Washington Post, Republicans are expected to block a Senate bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Nevertheless, Democrats are hoping that their fight to increase the minimum wage will help them win votes in Nov... More »

April 27th, 2014

Weekend News and Commentary – April 26-27

Published April 27th, 2014 -

The Associated Press reports that officials in Stamford, CT are putting the finishing touches on a long-delayed policy to prevent nepotism in city hiring. Several city employees were criticized for hiring family members in recent years. In an effort to respond... More »

April 25th, 2014

Today’s News and Commentary – April 25

Published April 25th, 2014 -

The New York Times covers the recent success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker center that has forged innovative partnerships with restaurant companies and supermarket chains to secure higher wages for farmworkers in Florida. The organization use... More »

April 24th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary – April 24

Published April 24th, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that since the NLRB ruled that Northwestern football players have the right to unionize, the University has launched a  “textbook case of how to aggressively battle a union.” The Times describes some of the University’s efforts, incl... More »