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Today’s News & Commentary — Feb. 6, 2020

Published February 6th, 2020 -

Child care workers in California have called for a union election.  The election is part of a sixteen-year organizing effort by Child Care Providers United, a joint initiative from the SEIU and AFSCME.  Workers who provide child care services to California fam... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 29, 2020

Published January 29th, 2020 -

In Virginia—the best state for business in 2019, according to CNBC—Democratic State legislatures are pushing to increase pay for workers. In November, 2019, Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in over two decades. Since then they... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 21, 2020

Published January 21st, 2020 -

Bloomberg Law reports that teacher strikes across the U.S. have led to higher bargained-for wages over the past two years. In 2018, teachers and other school staff across West Virginia went on strike to protest working conditions in the state’s schools. Simila... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2019

Published November 14th, 2019 -

Janitors, cooks, operating room assistants, and other low-paid employees of the University of California medical system are on strike this week to protest the UC system’s reliance on outsourcing contracts.  The striking workers are members of AFSCME 3299, whic... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 7, 2019

Published November 7th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit held that government employees who paid agency fees to public sector unions cannot recover fees collected prior to the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME.  The plaintiff in Tuesday’s case was Mark Janus himself.  W... More »

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 »