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August 4th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 4th, 2019

Published August 4th, 2019 -

On Saturday, several Democratic presidential candidates headed to Las Vegas for a forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The candidates laid out their plans for the economy and labor law reform in front of an audienc... More »

June 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 24, 2019

Published June 24th, 2019 -

Following a ten-month grassroots campaign led by the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA) and supported by over forty unions and community organizations, the Philadelphia City Council introduced a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights last Thursday.  If pass... More »

June 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 13, 2019

Published June 13th, 2019 -

Nevada has enacted a slew of new laws aimed at protecting workers.  Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak signed a measure allowing state employees to engage in collective bargaining.  Although the state will retain final say on some key bargaining subjects – incl... More »

March 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 4, 2019

Published March 4th, 2019 -

Oakland teachers voted to ratify their union’s tentative agreement with the school district, thus ending their strike.  As reported yesterday in OnLabor, the Oakland Education Association – Oakland Unified School District contract includes an 11% raise o... More »

February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

 

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 »

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Could Originalism Save Public Sector Unions?

Published June 7th, 2018 -

Justice Gorsuch’s silence during the Janus oral argument generated considerable buzz.  Wishful (yet tentative) commentators hoped the silence was a sign that the new Justice’s originalism would lead him to uphold Abood.  To be sure, Justice Thomas, the Court’s... More »

 

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It

Published January 31st, 2018 -

Most of the coverage of Janus v. AFSCME, like this recent piece in USA Today, simply (and perhaps correctly) assumes that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court will use the case to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the 1977 case uphol... More »

 

Will the Supreme Court Ignore Pleading Rules in Janus?

Published September 7th, 2017 -

Many Court watchers think it is a foregone conclusion that the Supreme Court will grant the cert petition in Janus v. AFSCME, and then overturn the forty-year old decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. While I’m not willing to bet against that, it’s ... More »