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Today’s News & Commentary—January 17, 2020

Published January 17th, 2020 -

Working-class candidates are making personal and financial sacrifices to run for office, despite campaign guidelines specifically intended to make it easier for them to quit their jobs and run. A 2002 Federal Election Commission rule permits candidates running... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2020

Published January 7th, 2020 -

Yesterday a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously concluded that the Board lacked jurisdiction over a labor dispute arising out of operations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Carriers at O’Hare contract with outs... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — January 5, 2020

Published January 5th, 2020 -

California’s controversial AB5 law came into effect on January 1, to fierce opposition from industry.  The law codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex test for classifying workers as employees, rather than independent contractors.  Last week, Uber and ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2019

Published October 31st, 2019 -

Fifteen days into the Chicago Teachers Union strike (which we have covered elsewhere), delegates for the union say they have reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  The agreement includes a commitment to enforceable class size caps an... More »

October 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10, 2019

Published October 10th, 2019 -

Yesterday The New York Times spotlighted a post-Janus battle in Alaska over public sector union membership.  While Alaska has traditionally been friendly union territory, Governor Mike Dunleavy, a conservative Republican who took office late last year, has sho... More »

September 22nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 22nd, 2019

Published September 22nd, 2019 -

More than 1,200 students at 17 universities have signed a pledge not to take jobs with Palantir, a big data analytics company, until it drops its software development contracts with ICE. Under the name #NoTechForICE, the campaign is modeled on similar efforts ... More »

September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »

September 15th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 15th, 2019

Published September 15th, 2019 -

  Before the California legislature’s session ending on Friday, lawmakers brought a broad variety of labor issues to the forefront. As Jared reported, the legislature passed AB5, a bill that would largely codify the Dynamex decision and potentially correc... More »

September 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 12, 2019

Published September 12th, 2019 -

In response to the California legislature’s passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a bill that largely codifies the California Supreme Court’s decision last year in Dynamex Operations West, Uber is claiming that it will continue to classify its workers as independe... More »

September 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 11, 2019

Published September 11th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a proposal to extend health insurance benefits to the families of approximately 5,000 city employees who assisted police and firefighters with rescue and recovery efforts on and after September 11, 2001... More »