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November 24th, 2013

This Weekend's News and Commentary: November 23-24

Published November 24th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports that union leader Eliseo Medina is on the 13th day of a water-only fast. Mr. Medina, the second highest official in his union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), began fasting to bring attention to immigrants’ rights, argu... More »

November 22nd, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — November 22

Published November 22nd, 2013 -

Democrats are trying to renew a measure that extends unemployment benefits to the jobless, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act was first passed during the recession in 2008 and has been renewed every year since. De... More »

November 21st, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — November 21

Published November 21st, 2013 -

Thousands of workers at several University of California campuses led a one-day labor strike Wednesday, the L.A. Times reports. The walkout affected medical centers, libraries, cafeterias, and campuses from Irvine to San Francisco. A spokesman for AFSCME Local... More »

November 20th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — November 20

Published November 20th, 2013 -

A post on the New York Times Economix blog evaluates the claims made in a New York Post article entitled “Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report.” The Times blog argues that the article’s allegations “don’t add up.” Among other rejoinders, the Times notes th... More »

November 19th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – November 19

Published November 19th, 2013 -

Walmart is facing challenges on multiple fronts today, Salon reports. Most notably, the National Labor Relations Board has stated that it is ready to issue a complaint against the retail giant for threats and retaliation against striking workers during last ye... More »

November 18th, 2013

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 »

November 17th, 2013

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 »

November 15th, 2013

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 »

November 14th, 2013

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 »

November 13th, 2013

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 »

November 12th, 2013

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 »

November 11th, 2013

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 »