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June 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 10, 2019

Published June 10th, 2019 -

Graduate student workers at the University of Chicago held a three day strike last week to pressure the university to recognize and bargain with their union, Graduate Students United.  As previously reported in OnLabor, UChicago student workers voted to unioni... More »

September 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 17, 2018

Published September 17th, 2018 -

Workers at Marriott hotels across the country are voting to go on strike.  Under the banner of “one job should be enough,” these workers — members of UNITE HERE — are calling for living wages that will enable them to support themselves and their fa... More »

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#BossBabes and Employment Protections

Published May 7th, 2018 -

A local woman has had a hard time finding work, but is desperate for income, and hears from a friend about a business opportunity which allows her to work from home. Excited about the prospect, she spends $99 in order to get a starter kit, which allows her to ... More »

 

Equal Pay [for Teens] for Equal Work

Published May 15th, 2017 -

Tyeshawn Clark,[1] is a 17-year-old high school student who lives with his mom and 2-year-old brother in Dorchester, MA. Every day after school Tyeshawn works at the Transformative Culture Project, a job placement he found through the Boston Private Industry C... More »

May 5th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — May 5, 2017

Published May 5th, 2017 -

Congress may be open to revisiting the classification of gig economy workers as employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Per Bloomberg BNA, “the head of the House workforce committee May 3 told an audience of innovators t... More »

 

Where Tips End and Wages Begin

Published April 17th, 2017 -

One year ago, this blog featured a post that outlined various reasons why the restaurant industry’s use of tips in lieu of guaranteed wages had come to provoke, in the author’s words, “a firestorm of criticism”: that reliance on tips as a significant component... More »