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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 »

Guest Post: The AFL-CIO's Response to Trump's Presidency

Published November 29th, 2016 -

Jon Hiatt is Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO. This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what ... More »

Guest Post: In This Moment, Labor Must Become a Movement

Published November 21st, 2016 -

Moshe Z. Marvit is an attorney and fellow with The Century Foundation, focusing on labor and employment law and policy. He is the co-author (with Rick Kahlenberg) of the book, “Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right.” This post is part of a series on Lab... More »