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Today’s News & Commentary—March 6, 2020

Published March 6th, 2020 -

An op-ed in the New York Times reports that the value of women’s unpaid labor across the world last year was $10.9 trillion. This estimate comes from a recent report by Oxfam, which calculates how much women would have made had they been paid the minimum wage ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2020

Published March 5th, 2020 -

France’s high court has ruled that Uber drivers are properly classified as employees.  The court’s opinion described drivers’ relationship to the ride-share platform as one of “subordination,” because drivers do not build their own clientele or set prices.  Th... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2020

Published February 11th, 2020 -

In a budget request released yesterday, the Trump Administration proposed to slash Department of Labor spending by 11% in fiscal year 2021. The National Labor Relations Board’s budget would be reduced by 10% and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s bu... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2020

Published February 5th, 2020 -

Attorneys for five news outlets have asked the Department of Labor to withdraw its plan to restrict journalists from accessing economic reports in advance of publication. In January, the DOL announced that it would ban computers from the secure room where jour... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2020

Published February 4th, 2020 -

The Trump administration continues its regulatory rulemaking push. Bloomberg Law reported yesterday on a proposed rule submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) by the U.S. Department Labor last Friday that would require unions to di... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 21, 2020

Published January 21st, 2020 -

Bloomberg Law reports that teacher strikes across the U.S. have led to higher bargained-for wages over the past two years. In 2018, teachers and other school staff across West Virginia went on strike to protest working conditions in the state’s schools. Simila... 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 »

September 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2019

Published September 24th, 2019 -

As the UAW strike enters its second week, General Motors announced yesterday that more than 1,200 U.S. and Canadian workers in the U.S. and Canada would be furloughed. Meanwhile, the Texas Observer reported on autoworkers from GM’s immensely profitable A... More »

September 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2019

Published September 20th, 2019 -

Over 80 Kickstarter project creators have signed onto a statement in support of the Kickstarter Union. As reported last week, Kickstarter fired two of its employees, Taylor Moore and Clarissa Redwine, both leaders in the unionizing movement at the company oste... More »

August 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2019

Published August 23rd, 2019 -

On Thursday, Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke released a plan to strengthen unions and boost workers’ wages.  O’Rourke’s plan, which he calls “A 21st Century Labor Contract,” includes extending collective bargaining rights to more public sector ... More »

August 18th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 18, 2019

Published August 18th, 2019 -

This week, Politico reported on tensions between the Trump administration and the once-supportive building trades unions, after revelations about a Labor Department proposal to push forward an industry-led “apprenticeship program” have proven controversial. Th... More »

August 11th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 11, 2019

Published August 11th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a petition asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify the union of federal immigration judges. The petition claims that immigration judges should be considered “management officials” ineligible t... More »