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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 »

New Harvard Law Review Piece on Grad Student Unions

Published February 23rd, 2017 -

There’s a new piece of student writing in the most recent Harvard Law Review that offers a different take on the Board’s Columbia University decision regarding graduate student union rights.  The piece focuses on the Board’s use of empirical ... More »

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Published January 23rd, 2017 -

People have been writing the obituary of the labor movement at least since the 1980s.  These doomsayers fall into two camps.  One the one hand, there are those who are eager to squelch worker power.  A typical example is Virginia Foxx, the new Chair of the Hou... More »

Stronger Together

Published November 30th, 2016 -

This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. The challenge facing unions following Donald Trump’s victory is a familiar one.  Trump, a twenty-first century robber baron, won the election by using a playbook familiar to nineteenth century robber b... More »