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April 14th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 13-14, 2019

Published April 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) instructed its 15,000 members to fire their agents or face penalties, after talks between the union, which consists of movie and television writers, and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), the group representin... More »

March 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 23–24, 2019

Published March 24th, 2019 -

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to strike Monday, refusing to drive in protest of impending pay docks.  The Los Angeles Times reports on the drivers’ rising ire and on their recent organizing efforts.  Protest organizers/leaders have expressed that pay may be the r... More »

March 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 16-17, 2019

Published March 17th, 2019 -

Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) 2020 presidential campaign announced on Friday that it will have a unionized workforce.  A majority of staffers signed union cards authorizing United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them, and the campaign volu... More »

March 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 9-10, 2019

Published March 10th, 2019 -

Labor activist and union organizer Nerexda Soto was arrested Wednesday when she met with Unite Here workers on site at the Hyatt-owned Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.  A small group of Unite Here Local 11 workers and supporters protested the arrest Friday.  Pro... More »

March 3rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 2-3, 2019

Published March 3rd, 2019 -

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that representatives of the Oakland Education Association and Oakland Unified School District officials have reached a tentative agreement to end the seven-day-long teachers’ strike.  Under the terms of the proposed contract... More »

February 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 23-24, 2019

Published February 24th, 2019 -

Employee pay and benefits comprise a declining percentage (52.7%) of the gross domestic income, even as unemployment rates remain low and demand for workers high.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the percentage figure for labor income fell again ... More »

February 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 16-17, 2019

Published February 17th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Illinois state lawmakers passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The $15 minimum wage was a campaign staple and top legislative priority for Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker, who announced in a statement t... More »

February 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 9–10, 2019

Published February 10th, 2019 -

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will likely join the 2020 presidential race today, amid stories depicting her tyrannical style of workplace management.  Klobuchar’s habits as a boss have marred her efforts to launch her campaign and distinguish herself in an i... 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 »

January 13th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 12–13, 2019

Published January 13th, 2019 -

Sunday is day 22 of the shutdown.  Furloughed federal employees will receive back pay for these days, as approved by the House and Senate late last week.  Contractors’ back pay will be attended to in separate legislation, now pending.  As the Washington Post e... 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 7th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 7th, 2018 -

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report: unemployment remains at 3.7% for the third month, and the U.S. added 155,000 nonfarm jobs.  Reactions are mixed; while the report is “weaker than expected,” it is also a sign of an ... More »