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October 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 2, 2019

Published October 2nd, 2019 -

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill allowing college athletes to profit from endorsements—the first of its kind.  In a statement, Newsom noted, “Colleges and universities reap billions from these student athletes’ sacrifices and success but block th... More »

August 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2019

Published August 29th, 2019 -

Today, Kamala Harris released her plan for Americans with disabilities. The plan promises to establish senior positions for persons with disabilities in the White House to allow for more input from the community on domestic and economic initiatives. Harris als... More »

August 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2019

Published August 21st, 2019 -

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta was arrested in Fresno Tuesday during a protest in support of raising wages for home healthcare workers.  Huerta, who is eighty-nine, was arrested alongside seven others while demonstrating outside of a meeting of the Fr... More »

July 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 29, 2019

Published July 29th, 2019 -

Today, Kaiser Permanente workers will begin voting on whether to authorize a strike. The strike would begin in early October and would include workers in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Kaiser workers have been without a... More »

July 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – July 18, 2019

Published July 18th, 2019 -

House Democrats are expected to pass the Raise the Wage Act today after overcoming opposition from within party ranks.  The bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  Once the minimum ... More »

February 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 8, 2019

Published February 8th, 2019 -

Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against a transgender employee who brought a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.  Nicole Wittmer, a transgender woman, sued Phillips 66 after the company withd... More »

February 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2019

Published February 4th, 2019 -

As sex workers around the country had warned, sex trafficking has spiked since the federal government enacted SESTA/FOSTA last year.  For instance, San Francisco police recorded a 170% increase in human trafficking reports in 2018.  Under the Stop Enabling Sex... More »

January 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 17, 2019

Published January 17th, 2019 -

Yesterday Representatives Bobby Scott, Stephanie Murphy, and Mark Pocan and Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders announced their introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019.  The bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its present ra... More »

December 5th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 5th, 2018 -

The Fight for $15 movement has raised wages by $68 billion for 22 million low-wage workers, according to a new study published by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In a remarkable sign of the campaign’s effectiveness, NELP found that the $68 billion ... More »

October 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

September 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2018

Published September 13th, 2018 -

On September 18, McDonald’s employees at restaurants in ten cities will go on strike for one day in an effort to force McDonald’s management to confront sexual harassment in the workplace.  Walkout planning has been led by “women’s committees” at dozens of McD... More »

August 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2018

Published August 21st, 2018 -

North Carolina raised the minimum wage to $15/hour for around 10,000 state government and public university employees.  Legislative budget-writers explained that this raise will help retain experienced state workers, who often leave their jobs for higher-payin... More »