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Today’s News & Commentary—February 13, 2020

Published February 13th, 2020 -

Organized labor is set to play a key role in the Democratic presidential nomination this year, and most candidates have taken note.  Unions are far from unified around one candidate, however; while labor support helped power Bernie Sanders to victory in New Ha... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 31, 2020

Published January 31st, 2020 -

American Airlines has reached a tentative contract with the unions that represent the company’s mechanics and fleet service workers. Negotiations over a contract had been going on for more than four years. The negotiations were characterized by periodic bouts ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 28, 2019

Published January 28th, 2020 -

Chipotle has been fined $1.3 million for child labor violations in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the settlement on Monday, noting that the chain was responsible for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations. The fine is ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 24, 2020

Published January 24th, 2020 -

California has experienced significant union growth—139,000 workers were unionized in the past year. 16.5% of California’s workforce is now unionized. Steve Smith, spokesman for the California Labor Federation, said, “We’re seeing a reinvigoration in organizin... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 13, 2020

Published January 13th, 2020 -

On Sunday, the Department of Labor announced a final rule for its updated regulations on joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule relies on a four-factor balancing test to determine joint employer status, considering “wheth... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 18, 2019

Published December 18th, 2019 -

Tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary debate, scheduled to take place at Loyola Marymount University, will go on as planned after university workers reached a deal with Sodexo. Unite Here Local 11, the union representing roughly 150 campus cooks, dishwash... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — December 15, 2019

Published December 15th, 2019 -

Presidential candidates are planning to boycott the upcoming Democratic debate if an ongoing labor dispute at Loyola Marymount University is not resolved.  Food service workers at Loyola Marymount, which is scheduled to host the debate, have been in negotiatio... More »

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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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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 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 »

October 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 21, 2019

Published October 21st, 2019 -

A girls’ high school soccer team in Burlington, Vermont made waves on Friday when they took off their uniform jerseys mid-game to reveal white T-shirts bearing the message “#EQUALPAY.” The crowd chanted “equal pay” in response—many wearing the #EQUALPAY jersey... More »

October 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 16, 2019

Published October 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday’s Democratic debate featured the 12 remaining candidates onstage in Ohio, debating topics from impeachment to income inequality.  Some labor-related highlights included Sen. Elizabeth Warren arguing that it needs to be easier for workers to join a un... More »