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Today’s News & Commentary — October 30, 2019

Published October 30th, 2019 -

The NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously on Tuesday to start modifying its rules to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses “in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” ESPN reports that the NCAA formed a working gr... More »

October 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 23, 2019

Published October 23rd, 2019 -

New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100 is holding a contest for the photo capturing the NYC train car with the most litter. The contest, whose winner will receive a $500 reward, is intended to draw attention to recent cuts to subway cleaner jobs. Me... More »

August 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2019

Published August 8th, 2019 -

A Walmart corporate employee called for a worker walkout in protest of the retailer’s position regarding the sale of guns.  Earlier this week, Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old employee of Walmart’s e-commerce workforce, urged Walmart employees to call in sick on... More »

June 9th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9th, 2019

Published June 9th, 2019 -

Last week, Annie reported on the Vox Media Union’s walkout following a 14-month bargaining process. After 29 final hours of negotiation, the union, represented by Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), reached a tentative agreement on Friday. The union sought t... More »

June 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 5, 2019

Published June 5th, 2019 -

The New York Times reports that approximately 11,000 airline catering workers will vote this month on whether to take a first step towards a labor stoppage. Airline catering workers are among the lowest-paid workers at airports. Many make minimum wage, or less... More »

May 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 8, 2019

Published May 8th, 2019 -

The biggest internationally coordinated strike by Lyft and Uber drivers is expected to take place today in major U.S. cities and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America.  Driver demands vary by organizing group, but include calls for livable income... 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 »

January 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 26–27, 2019

Published January 27th, 2019 -

The government shutdown ended Friday afternoon after 35 days.  Many political players and commentators are attributing Trump’s “caving” on the border wall to Nancy Pelosi’s prowess at controlling the struggle between the parties, or to rising public resentment... More »

June 10th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9 – 10, 2018

Published June 10th, 2018 -

Starting tomorrow, no Costco employee will earn below $14 an hour.  While some locations already saw a $13.50 an hour minimum wage, the new mark, which nearly doubles the federal minimum of $7.25, signals that the “fight for $15” is edging forward, and the nat... More »

May 17th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary — May 17, 2018

Published May 17th, 2018 -

A group of MIT engineers have managed to replace human chefs with robots, and a new restaurant in Boston will now operate with a fully robotic kitchen. The restaurant, named Spyce, will serve mostly vegetarian meals under the supervision of Michelin-starred ch... More »

April 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »

February 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 2, 2018

Published February 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB inspector general is investigating whether Board member William Emanuel broke government ethics rules when he took part in the Board’s recent actions overturning the Obama-era joint employer standard, ProPublica reports.   Before Trump appointed... More »