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July 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – July 18, 2019

Published July 18th, 2019 -

House Democrats are expected to pass the Raise the Wage Act today after overcoming opposition from within party ranks.  The bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  Once the minimum ... 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 »

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Protecting Worker Power with Antitrust

Published February 19th, 2019 - and

Workers principally have two ways to exercise power in the labor market: exit and voice (as labor scholar and former Department of Labor Administrator David Weil has explained). Labor law is concerned with worker voice, namely the right of workers to engage in... More »

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Antitrust Laws and Collective Action

Published January 7th, 2019 -

Charlotte Garden’s insightful essay at Take Care about how antitrust laws are being used as a bludgeon against union collective action immediately brings to my mind Andrew Strom’s OnLabor post about the so-called “Powell Memo.” My hope is that considering thes... More »

January 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 4, 2019

Published January 4th, 2019 -

Senior Contributor Charlotte Garden has a great new piece up at Take Care examining the ways antitrust law inhibits worker power — and how the growing movement to update anti-trust for the 21st century should protect workers instead As Charlotte writes, “... More »

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Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged ... More »

 

Antitrust Brief in Uber Litigation

Published December 11th, 2017 -

I link to an amicus curiae brief that was filed Friday in the Ninth Circuit appeal, Chamber of Commerce  of the United States v. City of Seattle, No. 17-35640, with the help of Matthew J. Segel and Kymberly K. Evanson of the Pacifica Law Group.  The brief offe... More »

December 6th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2017

Published December 6th, 2017 -

This week the Supreme Court announced that it will allow the Trump Administration to implement the third version of its travel ban while suits challenging the order are litigated in the lower courts.  The two orders lifting the injunction represent a victory f... More »

 

Kap, Collusion, and Labor Market Competition

Published October 16th, 2017 -

There are only a few dozen people on the planet who can play QB in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick is one of them. Yet, even though he’s expressed an eagerness to return to the playing field, Kaepernick has now been passed over for QB positions on several clubs. Man... More »