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Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2018

Published August 7th, 2018 -

Today, Missouri voters decide the fate of the state’s “right-to-work” law by referendum.  If the ballot initiative fails, the law would prevent unions from requiring their members to pay the agency fees that fund union representation.  While the Supreme Court ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 6, 2018

Published August 6th, 2018 -

New York City police officers rallied at city hall last week to protest the full year that they have been working without a labor contract (the prior labor agreement expired on July 31, 2017).  Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), a union that repre... More »

Weekend News and Commentary — August 5, 2018

Published August 5th, 2018 -

Friday morning, the Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative labor agreement with two of its employees’ largest unions.  The labor agreement is merely tentative at this point because it must still be ratified by the full membership of both More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2018

Published August 3rd, 2018 -

The Massachusetts legislature this week passed a new bill that would limit the use of noncompete clauses in that state. The new law, which still must be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, would allow employers to prevent their workers from moving to ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2018

Published August 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB General Counsel has begun to implement parts of a 59-point plan announced in January to reorganize agency operations.  In a memo to regional board directors sent on Monday, Associate to the General Counsel Beth Tursell detailed the immediate formation... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 1, 2018

Published August 1st, 2018 -

From 2015–2017, companies spent a stunning 60 percent of net profits on stock buybacks, funneling money towards wealthy shareholders at the expense of workers struggling to make ends meet with stagnant pay. In a shocking new report, Katy Milani of the Roosevel... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 31, 2018

Published July 31st, 2018 -

In Washington, DC, the Metro transit system’s largest unions—Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 and AFL-CIO Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2—won concessions from management after threatening to strike.  Metro agreed to raise wages... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2018

Published July 30th, 2018 -

Robert Reich argued in the Guardian Sunday that workers’ low wages are the result of a lack of worker bargaining power.  Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, writes that despite the 3.8 percent unemployment rate, employees don’t have the levera... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 28–29, 2018

Published July 29th, 2018 -

Entry-level pay for some Disneyland workers will rise to $15 an hour by January 2019, and $15.45 by mid-June 2020.  Hourly workers will see yearly raises of 3 percent.  The new wages – up from an $11 an hour minimum – follow months of negotiations and disputes... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2018

Published July 27th, 2018 -

The Massachusetts House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill requiring companies seeking large state and local government contracts to disclose workplace safety violations. The bill is a response to the 2016 deaths of two workers, Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 26, 2018

Published July 26th, 2018 -

The Eleventh Circuit revived a suit brought by the NAACP against the state of Alabama for its law pre-empting Birmingham’s minimum wage hike. The NAACP argued that the Alabama law intentionally discriminated against black workers, who would have benefitted dis... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2018

Published July 25th, 2018 -

Today, Bloomberg reported that for the first time in Google’s twenty-year history, the number of people working for the company who aren’t classified as Google employees exceeded the number who are. Google’s Alphabet Inc. employs thousands of contract wo... More »