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February 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2019

Published February 5th, 2019 -

New Jersey on Monday became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.  Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, paving the way for the new minimum wage to be phased in over five years.  New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, N... More »

February 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2019

Published February 4th, 2019 -

As sex workers around the country had warned, sex trafficking has spiked since the federal government enacted SESTA/FOSTA last year.  For instance, San Francisco police recorded a 170% increase in human trafficking reports in 2018.  Under the Stop Enabling Sex... More »

February 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 1, 2019

Published February 1st, 2019 -

The jobs report was released at 8:30 this morning.  Unemployment rate rose to 4.0%, but average hourly wages grew 3.2% from 12 months prior, up 3 cents per hour from December.  304,000 new jobs were added in January, which exceeds expectations.  The New York T... More »

January 31st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 31, 2019

Published January 31st, 2019 -

In December, we reported that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission established a pay formula for drivers of transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, and Juno.  The formula would set a minimum pay standard of $17.22 an hour after expenses.  ... More »

January 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 30, 2019

Published January 30th, 2019 -

Democrats are pushing legislation to provide back pay to low-wage federal contractors who lost paychecks during the federal shutdown. Congress routinely approves funding to reimburse federal employees who go unpaid during the federal shutdown will be getting b... More »

January 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 29, 2019

Published January 29th, 2019 -

Valerie Strauss writes in the Washington Post about how, following the successful United Teachers Los Angeles strike, teachers across the country are preparing to potentially go on strike in the upcoming weeks to secure increased salaries and improved school f... More »

January 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 28, 2019

Published January 28th, 2019 -

The Oakland Education Association has scheduled a scheduled a strike vote, with voting to begin Tuesday, January 29, NPR reports.  The union represents about 2,300 teachers in the Oakland Unified School District, and has been without a contract since July 2017... More »

January 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 26–27, 2019

Published January 27th, 2019 -

The government shutdown ended Friday afternoon after 35 days.  Many political players and commentators are attributing Trump’s “caving” on the border wall to Nancy Pelosi’s prowess at controlling the struggle between the parties, or to rising public resentment... More »

January 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2019

Published January 25th, 2019 -

This year Google employees have organized protests against the tech giant, taking aim at the company’s use of forced arbitration agreements and its work with the military.  Unsurprisingly the demonstrations were planned primarily over company email.  Though th... More »

January 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 24, 2019

Published January 24th, 2019 -

The unions that represents American air traffic controllers issued a statement yesterday warning of the dire effects of the ongoing government shutdown. Air traffic controllers have been working without pay for over a month and will miss their second paycheck ... More »

January 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 23, 2019

Published January 23rd, 2019 -

Bloomberg reports that NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb wants to ban workers from displaying Scabby the Rat at strikes and picket lines.  Scabby is an inflatable balloon created by labor organizers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftwor... More »

January 22nd, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary — January 22, 2019

Published January 22nd, 2019 -

Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike for a sixth school day as talks between the nation’s second-largest school district and United Teachers Los Angeles continue. Union leaders made the announcement Monday as talks continued on the Martin Luther ... More »