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Today’s News & Commentary—March 8, 2020

Published March 8th, 2020 -

Working class life is killing Americans, according to The New York Times. For example, the overall death rate for non-Hispanic whites without college degrees aged 45-54 has increased dramatically since the 1990’s, driven in part by a near doubling in the rate ... More »

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Today’s News and Commentary — March 2nd, 2020

Published March 2nd, 2020 -

UNITE HERE has released a report describing the workplace conditions of airport Starbucks, operated by food service company HMS Host. The report concludes that an Orlando Starbucks employee, Gabriel Ocasio Mejias, was fired on February 18th in retaliation for ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—February 23, 2020

Published February 23rd, 2020 -

Members of Nevada’s Culinary Workers Union participated in the state’s Democratic caucus Saturday, including at “strip caucuses” located at their workplaces in casinos and hotels. The Union did not endorse a candidate this year, but as The New York Times detai... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 2, 2019

Published December 2nd, 2019 -

Construction unions, including North America’s Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, are concerned that the Trump administration may apply its apprenticeship plan to the construction industry. President Trump wants to ease the shorta... More »

September 22nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 22nd, 2019

Published September 22nd, 2019 -

More than 1,200 students at 17 universities have signed a pledge not to take jobs with Palantir, a big data analytics company, until it drops its software development contracts with ICE. Under the name #NoTechForICE, the campaign is modeled on similar efforts ... More »

May 12th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 11-12, 2019

Published May 12th, 2019 -

Staffers on Julián Castro’s presidential campaign have chosen to unionize, unanimously selecting the Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) as their representative.  The campaign voluntarily recognized the union, in accord with a neutrality agreement it had previously e... More »

April 28th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 27-28, 2019

Published April 28th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, charged a Massachusetts district court judge and a former court officer with three federal obstruction offenses.  Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and Wesley McGregor are accused of... More »

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What is Corporate America Trying to Hide?

Published October 17th, 2018 -

Louis Brandeis famously wrote “publicity is justly recommended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases.  Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  We now live in a world where citizens, armed with c... More »

August 14th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 14, 2018

Published August 14th, 2018 -

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter on Monday that the White House required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, which his aides have declined to confirm for months. Although legal experts say such agreements are essentially unenforceable for government... More »

July 22nd, 2018

Weekend News and Commentary — July 22, 2018

Published July 22nd, 2018 -

800 adjunct and non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at Fordham University reached their first contract with the university earlier this week. Fordham NTT faculty — represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — won 67%-90% raises for ... 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 »

April 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »