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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 8, 2018

Published May 8th, 2018 -

The New Yorker reported last night that four women have accused New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of sexual misconduct and physical abuse, including one woman who previously worked closely with his office. Schneiderman, who positioned himself as a ch... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 30, 2018

Published April 30th, 2018 -

Thousands of teachers from over thirty school districts rallied at the Colorado Capitol on Friday, calling for increased school funding as part of the #RedForEd movement.  The Colorado Education Association, the federation of teachers’ unions in the state, exp... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 23, 2018

Published March 23rd, 2018 -

A policy rider in the spending bill passed last night bars employers from skimming workers’ tips.  As we noted earlier this week, Democrats sought the rider after controversy engulfed the Department of Labor’s effort to repeal an Obama Era tip regulation.  The... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2018

Published February 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, President Trump’s administration “proposed deep spending cuts” in the U.S. Labor Department’s budget for the second consecutive year.  The administration requested a 21% budget reduction over current levels for fiscal year 20... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »