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Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2018

Published May 21st, 2018 -

The Editorial Board of the New York Daily News yesterday drew attention to what has been a repeated “pilgrimage” in a stymied search for equal rights and fair treatment: the yearly trip of “some of New York State’s 100,000 field hands to the Capitol” to ask fo... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 19–20, 2018

Published May 20th, 2018 -

Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act in March of 2017, but Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) will not receive a unionization revote, an independent arbitrator ruled last week.  In an email sent twenty-four hours prior to the elect... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 5–6, 2018

Published May 6th, 2018 -

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan is retiring in June, but continues to escalate worksite enforcement efforts. Homan appears to be delivering on his promise last fall to oversee a four or fivefold rise in rates of workplace immi... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 21 – 22, 2018

Published April 22nd, 2018 -

Friday was a big day for unionization efforts in New England. Late in the afternoon, election results revealed that Harvard University teaching and research assistants had voted to unionize.  During the election held on April 18 and 19, 1,931 ballots were cast... More »

Rebuilding Labor Law from a Clean Slate

Published April 18th, 2018 -

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing more about a project that Sharon and I are launching at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law.” With support from the Ford Foundation and joined by a wide ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2018

Published April 18th, 2018 -

Arizona teachers began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday afternoon.  While Republican Governor Doug Ducey has agreed to a 20% pay raise for teachers by 2020, many teachers have criticized the plan for not including pay raises for support staff and for fai... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 14-15, 2018

Published April 15th, 2018 -

On April 11, Senate Republicans confirmed management-side attorney John Ring for the only vacant seat on the NLRB in a 50-48 party-line vote.  On Friday, President Trump indicated he would elevate Ring to Board Chairman, demoting current Chairman and fellow Tr... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 7-8

Published April 8th, 2018 -

The Washington Post reports that Target has agreed to a $3.74 million settlement with black and Latino job applicants who claimed that the company’s criminal background check policy was discriminatory.  The NAACP Legal Defense Fund had filed a class action law... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 29, 2018

Published March 29th, 2018 -

Campus and local labor unions released a statement in support of the graduate student unionization effort at Harvard University, reports The Crimson. The statement urging graduate students to vote in favor of unionization comes a few weeks before the election,... More »

Daily News & Commentary — March 1, 2018

Published March 1st, 2018 -

The New York Times opinion section has offered two somewhat conflicting views on wage growth in the last two days. The first argues that corporate America has been suppressing wages for many workers through noncompete clauses and no-poaching agreements and is ... More »