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Daily News & Commentary — November 12, 2018

Published November 12th, 2018 -

After winning back the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s election, House Democrats plan to grill President Trump’s Department of Labor about its policies regarding tipped workers.  In December, the DOL proposed a rule allowing employers who pay tipped... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—March 9, 2018

Published March 9th, 2018 -

Trump officially announced new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum yesterday, with industry workers standing on as he signed the proclamation.  As many have reported, the tariffs are billed as a measure to protect American manufacturing workers, but the ste... More »

The Democrats: Unmoored, and Unable to Compete

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Recently the Times chronicled the devastation of the Democratic Party in Iowa, a former swing state that now has a Republican Governor, two Republican Senators, three Republican Representatives (out of four total), and an electorate that voted for Donald Trump... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2017

Published August 16th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported that four members of Teamsters Local 25 were acquitted of all charges by a jury in federal court in Boston.  The Teamsters had each been charged with a single count of conspiracy to extort and a single count of attempted ex... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2017

Published June 8th, 2017 -

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta highlighted apprenticeships and job training.  These topics also seem to be current priorities for President Trump.  Secretary Acosta’s testimony predictably signale... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2017

Published April 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling on the heads of federal agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.”  This memorandum replaces the federal hiring freeze President... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2017

Published April 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling on the heads of federal agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.”  This memorandum replaces the federal hiring freeze President... More »

The Union Household Vote Revisited

Published April 11th, 2017 -

Jake Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington University-St. Louis and an OnLabor Senior Contributor.  Patrick Denice is a postdoctoral researcher in the sociology department at Washington University in St. Louis.  He received his Ph.D. in s... More »