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Today’s News & Commentary — December 2, 2019

Published December 2nd, 2019 -

Construction unions, including North America’s Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, are concerned that the Trump administration may apply its apprenticeship plan to the construction industry. President Trump wants to ease the shorta... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2019

Published November 29th, 2019 -

This Black Friday, retail workers are organizing for dignity in the workplace. In the American Prospect, David Dayen profiles United for Respect, an alt-labor coalition and organizing powerhouse that’s fighting low pay and indecent working conditions in a reta... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2019

Published November 27th, 2019 -

It’s a big news week for Amazon. First, the New York Times published a feature on the grassroots alliance developing against the company. Athena, a new coalition made up of three dozen grassroots groups, is trying to unify resistance to Amazon that is beginnin... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 26th, 2019

Published November 26th, 2019 -

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the fast-food giant of wage theft. Employees in California originally filed suit in 2013, alleging, among other things, that the company had failed to pay overtime premiums, ref... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — November 16-17, 2019

Published November 17th, 2019 -

Google announced on Friday that it would scale back its weekly all-hands-on-deck meetings. The weekly meetings, known as TGIF, allowed workers the opportunity to voice concerns about the company’s operation directly to executives. The meetings will now be held... 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 »

October 20th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — October 19-20, 2019

Published October 20th, 2019 -

At The New York Times, Noam Scheiber asks why there are so many workers on strike despite signs of a robust economy.  He then explains that it is precisely because the economy is strong that employees are now fighting for their fair share of corporate profits ... More »

September 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 17, 2019

Published September 17th, 2019 -

ProPublica reported yesterday about a potential conflict of interest facing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as they seek to revise the so-called “joint-employer rule” through agency rulemaking procedures. Last week, two Democrats on the House Committ... More »

August 25th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 24-25, 2019

Published August 25th, 2019 -

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board held in Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation that the employees of a property’s contractor or licensee do not have the same access rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act as the employe... More »

July 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 22, 2019

Published July 22nd, 2019 -

The Trump Administration’s Office of Personnel Management has proposed a new rule that would enable federal workers to drop their union membership at any time after their first year.  As Heather Gies explains for In These Times, “A rolling opt-out rule would m... More »

July 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 12, 2019

Published July 12th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education over the public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) program.  The lawsuit alleges that PSLF is so dysfunctional that it violates federal law and the Fifth Amendment ... More »

July 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2019

Published July 9th, 2019 -

Yesterday, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, announced plans for a work stoppage next week on July 15, to coincide with Amazon’s “Prime Day” sale. Organizers are currently planning a six-hour stoppage, coupled with a nearby rally meant to ... More »