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Today's News and Commentary – November 18

Published November 18th, 2013 -

A new report by Amnesty International reveals widespread and routine abuse of migrant workers in Qatar’s construction sector, reports the Wall Street Journal. Typical abuses include non-payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions, and shocking sta... More »

This Weekend's News and Commentary — November 16-17

Published November 17th, 2013 -

China has announced that it will ease its one-child policy and abolish its “re-education through labor” camps, the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, and New York Times report. The announcement, made in a document signed by President Xi Jinping, described the po... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – November 15

Published November 15th, 2013 -

An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal argues that the Supreme Court should rule against Unite Here in the Mulhall case, suggesting that unions should have to convince individual workers of the value of their services, rather than getting companies to agree to ne... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – November 14

Published November 14th, 2013 -

Late last night in Seattle, a majority of Boeing workers voted against an eight-year contract extension that would reduce Boeing’s pension contributions and impose limits on pay raises to one percent every other year. While this controversial labor deal would ... More »

Today’s News and Commentary–November 13

Published November 13th, 2013 -

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on an interesting development in the longstanding debate on the role that worker interests should play in corporate governance.  Many for-profit employers like Ben & Jerry’s are advertising their receipt of a B corp log... More »

Today’s News and Commentary–November 12

Published November 12th, 2013 -

National Public Radio‘s “The Takeaway” today featured an interview with Professor Ben Sachs about Mulhall and Harris – the two major labor cases at the Supreme Court this Term – and “why these rulings will be so important fo... More »

Today's News and Commentary–November 11

Published November 11th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports that, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall. The piece quotes Professor Sachs, who has observed that Mulhall is potentially “the most significant labor case in a generation.” OnLabor w... More »

This Weekend's News & Commentary — November 9-10

Published November 10th, 2013 -

As multiple news outlets have reported, Republican lawmakers are now saying a vote on immigration reform in the House of Representatives is unlikely this year.  According to the New York Times, Congressman McCarthy, the Republican Majority Whip, told constitue... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — November 8

Published November 8th, 2013 -

Yesterday the Senate approved the Employment Nondiscrimination Act by a vote of 64 to 32, with 10 Republicans joining the unanimous Democratic caucus. According to the New York Times and LA Times, the bill “prohibits public and private employers, employment ag... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — November 7

Published November 7th, 2013 -

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to announce today a proposed rule that will require companies to file all workplace injury and illness reports electronically for public viewing, the Washington Post reports. While labor and workplace saf... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — November 6

Published November 6th, 2013 -

Yesterday was Election Day around the country. Here’s a sampling of results: “Audacious Liberal” Bill De Blasio won in a landslide to become Mayor of New York City, and former labor leader Martin Walsh beat fellow Democrat John Connolly to become Mayor of Bost... More »

Today's News and Commentary – November 5

Published November 5th, 2013 -

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., the New York Times reports. The case poses the question whether the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that steelworkers be paid for the time it takes them to put on and... More »