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April 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 16, 2019

Published April 16th, 2019 -

Microsoft announced Monday that it would overhaul its procedures for handling workers’ complaints of harassment and discrimination, less than two weeks after a report revealed widespread sexist treatment of female employees at the firm.  Microsoft CEO Satya Na... More »

March 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 22, 2019

Published March 22nd, 2019 -

President Trump erroneously blamed the United Auto Workers union for the closure of the Lordstown GM factory in Ohio, stating in a speech that “[t]hey could’ve kept that gorgeous plant . . . Lower your dues. Lower your dues.”  The plant’s closure—which was a d... More »

March 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 8, 2019

Published March 8th, 2019 -

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced that he will not run for president in 2020.  Brown already completed a tour of early primary states, where he emphasized a message of economic opportunity and dignity of work.  “We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dig... More »

February 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 21, 2019

Published February 21st, 2019 -

In the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s failed Labor Secretary nominee, Andy Puzder, comments on Amazon’s decision to withdraw its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City. Puzder argues that progressive groups won a victory for w... More »

February 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—February 19, 2019

Published February 19th, 2019 -

West Virginia teachers are set to go on another statewide strike on Tuesday, almost exactly a year after their first walkout ignited a labor movement among educators across the country.  The West Virginia branch of the American Federation of Teachers called th... 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 »

February 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

Published February 7th, 2019 -

The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid... More »

December 16th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 16th, 2018 -

Friday night, Grinnell College’s undergraduate union announced that it will withdraw its petition to the National Labor Relations Board in order to prevent a ruling from harming other student unions.  The student union earlier voted to expand membership to cov... More »

December 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 13th, 2018 -

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have announced their effort to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Workers cite inadequate pay; 12-hour shifts with insufficient breaks; unreasonable hourly quotas; unpaid ti... More »

December 9th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 9th, 2018 -

Civil unrest in France continued and even expanded this weekend, as French police arrested over a thousand protesters. A large police presence seemed better able to control the violence this weekend, the fourth weekend in a row in which the Yellow Vests (as pr... More »

November 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 29th, 2018 -

Harvard Law School’s Pipeline Parity Project saw another success in its campaign to end forced arbitration in employment disputes when Sidley Austin, one of the United States’ 10 largest law firms, announced that it would bow to pressure and elimin... More »

November 15th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 15th, 2018 -

In a first for the federal judiciary, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has hired a director of workplace relations. The move comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement and specifically sexual harassment allegations against Judge Alex Kozinski, a prominent judg... More »