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Today's News and Commentary – Deceember 16

Published December 16th, 2013 -

Joan Walsh in Salon connects America’s “low-wage work swamp” to the Democratic Party’s persistent failure in recent years to supplement its support of public assistance programs with a robust defense of the labor movement. The U.S. now has the highest percenta... More »

Weekend News and Commentary: December 14-15

Published December 15th, 2013 -

The Associated Press reports that federal workers’ pensions are being targeted in the new budget deal. For workers hired before 2012, the retirement programs at stake are notably generous compared to the norm in the private industry. Most federal civilian empl... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – December 13

Published December 13th, 2013 -

The New York Times profiles stories on unemployed workers, as the emergency federal unemployment-insurance program – which extended benefits by up to 73 weeks beyond state maximums – is set to expire at the end of the month. Meanwhile, the Washingt... More »

Today's News and Commentary – December 12

Published December 12th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports that JPMorgan Chase plans to unveil a “New Skills at Work” program, focused on filling the skills gaps in some of the largest United States and European job markets, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. The five-year,... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 11

Published December 11th, 2013 -

Starting things off, the Washington Post has a brief analysis on the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to dismiss Mulhall as improvidently granted, something we’ve been covering extensively here.    In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, Po... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 10

Published December 10th, 2013 -

In major news, the Supreme Court dismissed Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall this morning as improvidently granted. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissented from the dismissal, arguing that “rather than dismiss the writ of certiorari as improvidentl... More »

Today's News and Commentary–December 9

Published December 9th, 2013 -

According to the Wall Street Journal, teachers across the country will participate in a national “Day of Action” today. The teachers plan to rally to “reclaim the promise of public education.” In New York, teachers will wear blue as they call for more funding ... More »

This Weekend’s News and Commentary: December 7-8

Published December 8th, 2013 -

The online edition of Time Magazine reports that one-day “flash strikes” are labor’s new weapon of last resort. According to the publication, declining union membership has made protracted strikes increasingly rare, as evidenced by the labor activity that took... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 6

Published December 6th, 2013 -

News coverage today is dominated by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an instrumental player in helping that country abolish apartheid. The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal all have cove... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 5

Published December 5th, 2013 -

Fast-food workers in 100 cities around the country are participating in a one-day strike today for a $15-an-hour wage — up from a $9-an-hour industry average. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the LA Times all have co... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 4

Published December 4th, 2013 -

The big news of the day is the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that Detroit can enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy and that public pensions are “not entitled to any heightened protection.” Although the judge agreed with opponents of the bankruptcy that the “city ... More »

Today's News and Commentary – December 3

Published December 3rd, 2013 -

The New York Times reports on an announcement by the Obama Administration that it would provide financial assistance to certain health insurance companies to offset potential losses caused by the administration’s recent decision to allow insurers to renew thei... More »