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Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2018

Published November 29th, 2018 -

Harvard Law School’s Pipeline Parity Project saw another success in its campaign to end forced arbitration in employment disputes when Sidley Austin, one of the United States’ 10 largest law firms, announced that it would bow to pressure and elimin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 28, 2018

Published November 28th, 2018 -

Graduate and postdoctoral students at Columbia University voted 1035 to 720 to approve the school’s proposed bargaining framework, paving the way for negotiations after a years-long struggle.  The university’s bargaining framework, which the administration pro... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2018

Published November 27th, 2018 -

General Motors announced plans to idle five factories in North America and lay off 14,000 workers in an effort to trim costs. These cuts will affect 3,300 production workers in the United States and about 2,500 in Canada. The company also plans to cut its sala... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 26, 2018

Published November 26th, 2018 -

After participating in a protest with the Sunrise Movement, a climate activist organization, representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released a proposal to establish a Select Committee on a Green New Deal.  Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal calls for the C... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 25, 2018

Published November 25th, 2018 -

Amazon workers across Europe went on strike over Black Friday, protesting their punishing work schedules, low wages, and dangerous working conditions. Workers walked out in protest in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain, where the AP reports that abo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 23, 2018

Published November 23rd, 2018 -

Public sector unions in Oregon are under attack, reports Oregon Public Broadcasting.  On Tuesday, two anti-union lobbying groups—the National Right to Work Legal Foundation and the Freedom Foundation—filed suit in federal court on behalf of ten public sector e... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 22, 2018

Published November 22nd, 2018 -

Many low-wage workers are preparing to work long shifts away from family members this Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.  One retail worker detailed his work schedule in today’s Daily News.  After arriving late to Thanksgiving dinner after a day of work, he wi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 21, 2018

Published November 21st, 2018 -

In an unprecedented victory for Amazon workers, the company’s management has agreed to negotiate with organized East African workers in Amazon’s Minneapolis warehouses. The New York Times reports that this appears to be the first time Amazon management agreed ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 20, 2018

Published November 20th, 2018 -

After years of refusing to recognize its graduate student union in contravention of federal labor law, Columbia University has finally agreed to bargain with the union in the coming months, its president and provost announced Monday afternoon. Columbia Univers... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 19, 2018

Published November 19th, 2018 -

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, a possible 2020 presidential contender, said Sunday that Democratic candidates have to speak to workers’ needs if they plan to win in 2020, the Associated Press reports.  Senator Brown had the most votes of any Ohioan in... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 17–18, 2018

Published November 18th, 2018 -

In Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Marriott have struck a deal, ending an historic 46-day strike.  Saturday afternoon the workers ratified the new contract in a 677-9 vote.  Terms remain undisclosed, but union representatives indicate that workers now have mor... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — November 16, 2018

Published November 16th, 2018 -

CoreCivic, the operator of one of the largest prison systems in the U.S., is facing a class action lawsuit from three formerly detained immigrants who claim that they were paid as little as $1 a day as part of “volunteer” work programs at a detention center in... More »