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Héctor and Me

Published July 24th, 2019 -

I first met Héctor Figueroa in the late 1980s. I was a young labor lawyer based in New York but traveling all over the South working on organizing campaigns (the NLRB kind, if you can remember back that far).  Héctor was a young staffer in the Research Departm... More »

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Héctor Figueroa: An Appreciation

Published July 20th, 2019 -

Héctor Figueroa died last week at the tragically young age of 57.  I had the good fortune to work with Héctor for the past seventeen years, and to watch him grow into a truly inspiring leader.  For the past seven years Héctor was President of SEIU Local 32BJ, ... More »

June 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 7, 2019

Published June 7th, 2019 -

National Nurses United (NNU) and Johns Hopkins Hospital have reached a settlement affirming nurses’ right to unionize without interference from their employer.  The hospital’s 3,200 nurses began their organizing campaign last spring; by June, they had filed ch... More »

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The New Job Market is Online: YouTube

Published May 20th, 2019 -

For some, YouTube is a website to watch the occasional funny panda video. For others, it has become their primary source of income. One of the most successful examples of this is Dude Perfect, a channel featuring five guys who perform intricate trick shots – b... More »

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Writers v. Agents: A Fight that Could Change Hollywood

Published May 13th, 2019 -

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) are currently engaged in a dispute over conflicts of interest that has the potential to completely change how the entertainment industry operates. The WGA is a union representing 13,... More »

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Olympic Athletes Explore Collective Power Options

Published May 9th, 2019 -

In February, the Athlete’s Advisory Council, a group composed of US Olympic athletes, met with the United States Olympic Committee. The AAC presented a new idea to increase athletes’ voice and power within the USOC: unionization. But unionization is not the AA... More »

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So Much for the Concern About “Micro-Units”

Published March 7th, 2019 -

When Donald Trump was elected, one of the top priorities for the Chamber of Commerce at the NLRB was to overturn the Specialty Healthcare decision that clarified the test for determining when a union’s proposed bargaining unit must include an additional group ... More »

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The WNBA’s Glass Ceiling

Published February 27th, 2019 -

Since its inception as the best women’s basketball league in the world, the WNBA has been on a mission to empower young girls and women. WNBA teams pursue this mission through specific team-wide programs, such as the Atlanta Dream’s Inspiring Women campaign. A... More »