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Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2017

Published September 20th, 2017 -

Bloomberg reports that some labor unions are teaching workers how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Unite Here! has organized sessions around the country to teach hotel workers their rights and how to “effectively ston... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2017

Published September 6th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice, Europe’s human rights court, ruled on Tuesday that it would allow companies to monitor their employees emails if they are notified in advance. The ruling applies to the 4... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 9, 2017

Published August 9th, 2017 -

James Damore, the Google employee fired over writing a memo questioning the role of women in tech firms, has filed a complaint with the NLRB against the company. Though the complaint is not yet available online, the NLRB site notes the general classification f... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 22-23, 2017

Published July 23rd, 2017 -

On Friday, fifteen civil and human rights leaders published a letter to José Muñoz, chairman of Nissan North America, urging him to allow workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi to organize through a free and fair union election. The signatories, in... More »

Competing Visions of Labor Law

Published July 11th, 2017 -

Two recent circuit court decisions highlight how much the composition of the Board and the courts affects rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act.  One case, MikLin Enterprises v. NLRB, addressed whether workers at a Jimmy John’s franchise had los... More »

Pope Francis’ Union Message

Published July 8th, 2017 -

Pope Francis delivered an address to the Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy (CISL), and his message is a compelling one.  It can be read in its entirety here.  For me, there were at least four important points. We should not think about labor without under... More »

You Call That a Hearing?

Published June 22nd, 2017 -

The Republicans have rightly been criticized for refusing to hold hearings on their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but even when they do hold Congressional hearings, the only benefit to the public is to reveal how little they seem to care about fact-f... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 20-21, 2017

Published May 21st, 2017 -

Updating our coverage yesterday, more than 35,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are striking this weekend after the union and AT&T failed to agree to a new long-term contact by the union’s Friday afternoon deadline.  The walk... More »