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Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2018

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 29-30, 2018

Published September 30th, 2018 -

Striking workers at Hilton hotels in downtown Chicago reached a deal Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.  Unite Here Local 1 was behind the strike, which started September 7.  The union has now approved deals with 15 of the 26 hotels affected by the actio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 28, 2018

Published September 28th, 2018 -

Thousands of service industry workers across seven states will strike next week to demand union representation.  The Fight for $15 and the Service Employees International Union are organizing the action, which will see workers in the food service, transportati... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 27, 2018

Published September 27th, 2018 -

Yesterday the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted to approve a minimum pay rate of $19 an hour for around 40,000 workers at JFK, La Guardia, and Newark Liberty International Airports.  The board was originally scheduled to vote on the ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2018

Published September 26th, 2018 -

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new law holding retail companies jointly liable for labor violations suffered by truckers who are directly managed by port trucking providers. The legislation follows growing awareness of rampant labor abuse in tru... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 25, 2018

Published September 25th, 2018 -

The New York Times reported that thousands of workers at Marriott hotels from Hawaii to Massachusetts have voted to authorize their union, Unite Here, to strike over the past two weeks. But alongside the usual demands, like higher wages and better workplace pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2018

Published September 24th, 2018 -

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to employees Friday threatening any employees who would alter search results in favor of their political viewpoints, The Wall Street Journal reports.  “The trust our users place in us is our greatest asset and we must alway... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 21, 2018

Published September 21st, 2018 -

A new study by Professor Tae-Youn Park of Vanderbilt University finds that unions play a significant role in helping mothers take maternity leave.  According to the study, which will be published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, union-represented ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2018

Published September 20th, 2018 -

Fifteen thousand steelworkers are gearing up to go on strike as workers campaign to reap some of the benefits of a recent resurgence in the steel industry supported by the Trump Administration’s steel tariffs. Steelworkers at plants owned by ArcelorMittal vote... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September, 19, 2018

Published September 19th, 2018 -

WeWork has reached a settlement agreement with the Attorneys General of New York and Illinois to remove or alter noncompete clauses included in the company’s employment contracts.  Prior to the settlement, most of WeWork’s staff—including custodians, baristas,... More »