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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 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 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... 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 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2019

Published February 5th, 2019 -

New Jersey on Monday became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.  Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, paving the way for the new minimum wage to be phased in over five years.  New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, N... More »

September 9th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

August 30th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 30, 2018

Published August 30th, 2018 -

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ support for labor unions continues to remain high at 62 percent approval.  This year’s level of support is the highest since 2003, when 65 percent of Americans approved of organized labor, and is on par with last year’s ... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2018

Published August 29th, 2018 -

The prison strike enters day nine, as the estimated 900,000 incarcerated laborers (out of a population of 2.4 million) demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.”  Sarah Holder of City Lab, quoting ACLU National Prison Project’s David Fathi, breaks down the c... More »

July 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 17, 2018

Published July 17th, 2018 -

Seven fast food chains will stop enforcing “no poaching” agreements at all of their locations nationwide after an investigation by 11 state Attorney Generals. About 80% of fast food workers are constricted by these anti-competitive clauses, which c... More »

June 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 21, 2018

Published June 21st, 2018 -

This morning the White House plans to announce a proposal to merge the Departments of Labor and Education.  The idea is just the latest iteration of a decades-long conservative effort to downsize the federal government, but an early step in a broader restructu... More »

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CWS Surprise!

Published June 11th, 2018 -

Some of the hottest questions in labor policy over the past few years have been: how big is the “gig economy” or the “fissured workplace” or the “on-demand sector”?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics gave its surprising answer to this question last week:  smaller... More »