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Today’s News & Commentary — January 8, 2019

Published January 8th, 2020 -

The New York Times reports that the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund—the largest musicians’ pension plan in the United States—is seeking to cut benefits that have already been earned by thousands of musicians to prevent the plan fro... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2019

Published December 19th, 2019 -

The Supreme Court has granted cert in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel, which it will hear as a consolidated case regarding the scope of the First Amendment “ministerial exception” for religious employers.  The cases... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—December 4, 2019

Published December 4th, 2019 -

In the first day of their strike, Harvard graduate student workers picketed in Harvard Yard, carrying signs, marching, and chanting “What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!” Strike organizers, faculty members, state politicians and union organize... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 22, 2019

Published November 22nd, 2019 -

This year, construction workers Bright Power formed one of the first ever unions to at a solar power company. But on Monday, the company fire the entire construction crew — in the middle of bargaining their first contract — and instead announced that they woul... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 7, 2019

Published November 7th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit held that government employees who paid agency fees to public sector unions cannot recover fees collected prior to the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME.  The plaintiff in Tuesday’s case was Mark Janus himself.  W... More »

September 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2019

Published September 18th, 2019 -

The Working Families Party announced its support for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential candidacy on Monday.  The New York Times notes that the labor-aligned progressive group’s electoral influence has increased since the last presidential election, in which it e... More »

September 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 12, 2019

Published September 12th, 2019 -

In response to the California legislature’s passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a bill that largely codifies the California Supreme Court’s decision last year in Dynamex Operations West, Uber is claiming that it will continue to classify its workers as independe... More »

August 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2019

Published August 7th, 2019 -

This year, public sector employees in blue states have organized to expand their collective bargaining right—scoring significant legislative gains in spite of the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus decision. The Intercept reports that more than 22,000 public sector wo... More »

June 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2019

Published June 6th, 2019 -

In the ongoing case of Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle dealing with the legality of Seattle’s for-hire vehicle driver collective bargaining ordinance, the Chamber and co-plaintiffs moved for summary judgment in February, arguing that the ordinance is pr... More »

April 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 24, 2019

Published April 24th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that Amazon drivers aren’t bound by an individual arbitration agreement, allowing a massive class action over employee misclassification to proceed. Amazon drivers allege that they have been improperly designated i... More »

February 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... More »