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September 22nd, 2013

Weekend News and Commentary – September 21-22

Published September 22nd, 2013 -

The Nation has an analysis of the changing role of domestic workers in major labor unions. As we reported, the Department of Labor recently announced domestic workers will be covered under he Fair Labor Standards Act. The article asks “What would real inclusio... More »

September 20th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – September 20

Published September 20th, 2013 -

After the death of Washington D.C.’s proposed “living wage” bill, the Washington Post reports that Wal-Mart will open two hiring centers in the city next week. The centers will process applicants for the 300 positions expected to be staffed a... More »

September 19th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 19

Published September 19th, 2013 -

Building on yesterday’s coverage of the employed homeless, the New York Times reports that “despite . . . soaring corporate profits[,] . . . income for he typical American household did not rise in 2012 and poverty failed to fall” according to the Census Burea... More »

September 18th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – September 18

Published September 18th, 2013 -

The Obama administration will be extending federal minimum wage and overtime laws to the nation’s two million home health-care workers.  Previously, in Long Island Care at Home, Ltd. v. Coke (2007), the Supreme Court held that such workers were providers of “c... More »

September 17th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 17

Published September 17th, 2013 -

The Los Angeles Times reports on the phenomenon of young undocumented immigrants forming limited liability companies or starting freelance careers — even employing U.S. citizens — that has resulted from a quirk of federal law.  Employers are explicitly prohibi... More »

September 16th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary–September 16, 2013

Published September 16th, 2013 -

The Washington Post reports that the gap between the unemployment rates for the highest- and lowest- income American families is the largest it has been in a decade. The unemployment rate for families earning less than $20,000 per year is greater than 21 perce... More »

September 13th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 13th

Published September 13th, 2013 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. government will audit about 1,000 U.S. businesses suspected of hiring undocumented immigrants. “The audits suggest the Obama administration is choosing not to ignore companies that hire blue-collar, foreign labor e... More »

September 12th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 12

Published September 12th, 2013 -

The New York Times and Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel report that a federal district court in Wisconsin has upheld the state’s controversial public-sector collective bargaining law, Act 10, from a free speech and equal protection challenge. YesterdayR... More »

September 11th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — September 11

Published September 11th, 2013 -

Coverage continues of the AFL-CIO’s convention in Los Angeles, which will conclude today.  Yesterday, the convention re-elected Richard Trumka as the federation’s president and Liz Shuler as its secretary treasurer, and newly elected Tefere Gebre as executive ... More »

September 10th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 10

Published September 10th, 2013 -

Nearly sixty Maryland trash workers are on strike today, disrupting trash collection for about 8,000 homes in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington Post reports. The workers, members of the Laborers International Union of North America, allege that their... More »

September 9th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – September 9

Published September 9th, 2013 -

The quadrennial AFL-CIO convention kicked off in Los Angeles on Sunday, the L.A. Times reports. The convention agenda covers a variety of issues and resolutions including immigration reform, voting rights, racial justice, and the Affordable Care Act. Senator E... More »

September 8th, 2013

This Weekend's News and Commentary — September 7-8

Published September 8th, 2013 -

The president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, plans to ask the labor federation’s national convention today to allow nonlabor advocacy groups and millions of nonunion workers to join, the New York Times reports. With the goal of reversing organized labor’s dec... More »