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Weekend News & Commentary — July 14–15, 2018

Published July 15th, 2018 -

The Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act when it prohibited employees from wearing  “fight for 15” buttons at work.  Amanda Healey wore a quarter-sized button in April of 2015, and a co... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 29, 2018

Published June 29th, 2018 -

In Chicago, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of sandwich  franchise Jimmy John’s, who argued that the company cannot be liable for the FLSA violations of its individual restaurants.  Jimmy John’s may control mayonnai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 13, 2017

Published June 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, a former Tesla employee testified before the NLRB that the company stopped him from union organizing in February of last year.  Michael Sanchez was reportedly asked to leave by security guards after distributing pro-union flyers to co-workers outsid... 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 — 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 »

The Fight for a Working Democracy

Published February 6th, 2018 -

For the last forty years, a determined attack on our democracy has been funded by a small cadre of right wing billionaires.  The leaders of this effort are determined to ensure that the decisions of government benefit the corporations and the wealthy, and they... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2018

Published February 5th, 2018 -

Less than two years after having finally been recognized as the inspiration for J. Howard Miller’s iconic “We Can Do It!” World War II poster, Naomi Parker Fraley–the “true” Rosie the Riveter–died at age 96 on January ... More »

Bonuses versus Bargaining

Published February 1st, 2018 -

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 chopped off a big piece of the federal corporate tax rate, dropping it from 35 to 21 percent.  That sizeable chunk of change will now move from the federal fisc to corporate treasuries across the country.  Democratic leaders h... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 27, 2017

Published December 27th, 2017 -

The Atlantic reports that the #metoo movement has yet to deliver justice for low-wage workers who are victims of sexual harassment. The piece explains that sexual harassment is rampant in low-wage industries–50% of workers in the restaurant industry repo... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 13, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017 -

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board will publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” Rule.  The amendments, which took effect on April 14, 2015, allowed u... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2017

Published November 29th, 2017 -

The Province of Ontario is testing the effects of a basic income program on poverty, reports the New York Times. Ontario will provide a basic income to 4,000 people who are unemployed or who make an annual salary of less than 34,000 Canadian dollars ($24,000) ... More »