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Today’s News and Commentary – August 27

Published August 27th, 2013 -

The Washington Post reports that, after staying on through much of the economic downturn, a wave of senior federal employees are retiring as retirement accounts are rebounding at the same time that agency budgets are being slashed, workers are being furloughed... More »

Today's News and Commentary–August 26

Published August 26th, 2013 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that, as groups across the nation observe the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are calling for immigration reform. The article notes that some advocates for immigration reform have drawn lessons and inspiration ... More »

This Weekend's News and Commentary — August 24/25

Published August 25th, 2013 -

Wednesday is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Washington Post and NBC News report that thousands of members of civil rights organizations and labor unions unions marched on Saturday to commemorate the anniversa... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – August 23

Published August 23rd, 2013 -

In continuing coverage of the rift between unions and the White House over Obamacare, the Huffington Post reports that the Nevada State AFL-CIO has passed a resolution criticizing the administration’s handling of the issue, and arguing the law may end up... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — August 22

Published August 22nd, 2013 -

More details are emerging about the planned nationwide walk-out of fast food workers on August 29th.  MoneyWatch reports that the call for the walk out came from a PR agency whose clientele includes both the Service Employees International Union and United Foo... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — August 21

Published August 21st, 2013 -

More news on Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. Pension funds representing Detroit’s city employees and retirees have challenged emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s calculations regarding pension shortfalls. The pension issue furt... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — August 20

Published August 20th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports on a labor angle to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s commemoration yesterday of the 10th anniversary of the single deadliest assault in the UN’s history, the bombing of its Baghdad offices that killed 2... More »

Today's News and Commentary — August 19

Published August 19th, 2013 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post report that today is the deadline for filing formal objections to Detroit’s eligibility for bankruptcy protection. The New York Times explains that “unions, creditors and retirees” are expected to file objections befo... More »

This Weekend's News and Commentary – August 17/18

Published August 18th, 2013 -

In this weekend’s legal news, the Wall Street Journal discusses the Sixth Circuit’s Thursday ruling in Kindred Nursing Centers East v. NLRB. The court upheld an NLRB ruling, Specialty Healthcare, which had approved of a bargaining unit known as a “micro unit”:... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – August 16

Published August 16th, 2013 -

In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s Right-to-Work law does apply to unionized civil service employees, meaning state government workers will be able to opt-out of paying union dues when new contracts come into effe... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — August 15

Published August 15th, 2013 -

In the contentious world of education policy, Politico reports that Michelle Rhee, the “outspoken education reformer,” will “host a series of national town hall meetings” in cities across the country.  Despite Rhee’s history of clashing with teachers’ unions d... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — August 14

Published August 14th, 2013 -

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Department of Justice is suing to stop the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airlines. If the merger goes through, more than 70% of the domestic market will be controlled by just four airlines. The Transport Workers Un... More »