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Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2020

Published January 7th, 2020 -

Yesterday a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously concluded that the Board lacked jurisdiction over a labor dispute arising out of operations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Carriers at O’Hare contract with outs... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — January 5, 2020

Published January 5th, 2020 -

California’s controversial AB5 law came into effect on January 1, to fierce opposition from industry.  The law codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex test for classifying workers as employees, rather than independent contractors.  Last week, Uber and ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—November 20, 2019

Published November 20th, 2019 -

Last month, Major League Baseball proposed reducing the number of minor league teams by 25%. NBC Sports reports that these cuts are in response to increasing public pressure to improve pay and conditions for players, who, since last year, have been classified ... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — November 16-17, 2019

Published November 17th, 2019 -

Google announced on Friday that it would scale back its weekly all-hands-on-deck meetings. The weekly meetings, known as TGIF, allowed workers the opportunity to voice concerns about the company’s operation directly to executives. The meetings will now be held... More »

October 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 24, 2019

Published October 24th, 2019 -

The National Labor Relations Board plans to reconsider its successor bar doctrine in a case called American Water.  Under the doctrine, when a successor employer follows its legal obligation to recognize the previously chosen collective bargaining representati... More »

September 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 2, 2019

Published September 2nd, 2019 -

Happy Labor Day!  Rebecca Burns writes in Truthout about why workers should celebrate this Labor Day.  Burns points to the continued success of teachers strikes; successful private-sector strikes in a diverse range of industries; increased labor support for a ... More »

August 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2019

Published August 27th, 2019 -

Canvassers at the Fund for the Public Interest, a fundraising group affiliated with progressive organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, and Planned Parenthood, have accused management of interfering with their attempt to unionize.... More »

August 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 6, 2019

Published August 6th, 2019 -

The New York Times reported yesterday on a letter that a group of Democratic senators sent to Google urging the company’s CEO to convert many of its temporary and full-time contract workers to full-time employees. Citing reporting from earlier this year, the l... More »

July 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 26, 2019

Published July 26th, 2019 -

More than 1.3 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past decade as a result of private equity ownership in retail, according to a new report from nonprofits and worker advocacy groups.  This number includes 600,000 retail workers and 728,000 workers in... More »

July 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2019

Published July 24th, 2019 -

The California Supreme Court will rule on whether its landmark Dynamex decision applies retroactively.  In Dynamex v. Operations West, the court previously held that the appropriate test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor is the “ABC... More »

July 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary —July 21, 2019

Published July 21st, 2019 -

Last week, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann authored an op-ed for CNN arguing for a hybrid-method to “empower gig workers” without undermining the purported “flexibility” that many gig companies tout as justification for gig workers’ exemption from traditional la... More »

May 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 30, 2019

Published May 30th, 2019 -

The California Assembly has passed a bill that will make it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.  As Ryan wrote earlier this week, AB-5 codifies the “ABC test” introduced by the California Supreme Court in last year’... More »