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Today's News Commentary — February 6

Published February 6th, 2014 -

Yesterday, we covered the NLRB’s proposed new rule to expedite union elections.  Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on the proposed rule later today. In international news, the New York Times reports that transit workers on the London underground began ... More »

Today's News and Commentary- February 5

Published February 5th, 2014 -

According to The Hill, the NLRB has announced a new rule designed to speed up union elections.  The new regulation will allow union organizers access to worker emails and phone numbers, endorse electronic filing of petitions, and provide for a streamlined proc... More »

Today's News and Commentary – February 4

Published February 4th, 2014 -

The Washington Post reports that, after three years of contentious debate, Congress is expected to send a new five-year farm bill to President Obama this week. The bill cuts about $8 billion in food stamps and thus “will reduce benefits for about 850,000... More »

Today's News and Commentary–February 3

Published February 3rd, 2014 -

According to the Washington Post,  Democrats and Republicans may have found common ground in the debate surrounding immigration reform: both parties seem to think that the government should issue more employment-based visas. Despite this apparent consensus, so... More »

Weekend News and Commentary: February 1-2

Published February 2nd, 2014 -

The Associated Press reports that lawmakers in South Dakota and other farm states are concerned that OSHA may begin regulating small farming operations. This concern is a response to OSHA’s expressed intent to address an increase in deaths related to grain sto... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — January 31

Published January 31st, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that several prominent corporations have signed on to support President Obama’s effort to help the long-term jobless find work. Apple, Wal-Mart, General Motors, and Ford are among the approximately 300 companies that pledged to revis... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — January 30

Published January 30th, 2014 -

On Wednesday, President Obama followed through on his State of the Union announcement to create new “MyRA” employer-sponsored savings accounts, the New York Times reports. These “starter” retirement savings accounts will allow individuals “to save up to $15,00... More »

Today's News and Commentary — January 29

Published January 29th, 2014 -

In his fifth State of the Union address last night, President Obama pledged to sign an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. With pizza puns and references to “Mad Men,” the President also asked Congr... More »

Today's News and Commentary – January 28

Published January 28th, 2014 -

President Obama will give his State of the Union Address tonight. The New York Times reports that President Obama will use the speech to highlight his increasing willingness to use his executive power to fulfill his agenda if Congress remains deadlocked. One w... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – January 27

Published January 27th, 2014 -

Steve Greenhouse of the the New York Times reports that a proposed increase in the tipped minimum wage faces significant resistance from the National Restaurant Association. Under federal law, the tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour, while employers have an o... More »

Weekend News and Commentary: January 25-26

Published January 26th, 2014 -

Michigan Governor Rick Synder is urging the state legislature to approve up to $350 million to fund pensions in Detroit. The L.A. Times reports that the proposed aid would include a few conditions, including having public sector labor unions drop current and p... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – January 24

Published January 24th, 2014 -

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that union membership in the U.S. held steady last year at 11.3% of the workforce, reports the L.A. Times. The statistics varied widely from state to state, with nearly one-quarter of workers in New York Sta... More »