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Weekend News & Commentary—November 3, 2019

Published November 3rd, 2019 -

On Friday, UAW leadership voted to recommend ratification of a proposed contract agreement with Ford. The proposed agreement, finalized on Wednesday, would provide union workers with pay increases and lump-sum payouts, hold employee health-care contributions a... More »

October 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— October 27, 2019

Published October 27th, 2019 -

The 40-day UAW strike came to an end of Friday, as workers approved a 4-year deal by 57.2%. The contract includes major wins for workers. In addition to promised raises and performance bonuses, it remedies the long-criticized “two-tier” system. The contract la... More »

October 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 16, 2019

Published October 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday’s Democratic debate featured the 12 remaining candidates onstage in Ohio, debating topics from impeachment to income inequality.  Some labor-related highlights included Sen. Elizabeth Warren arguing that it needs to be easier for workers to join a un... More »

October 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— Oct 11th, 2019

Published October 11th, 2019 -

UAW workers are still striking for better wages, job security, and working conditions at GM. As the 49,000 workers continue their efforts, union leadership met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday at GM’s Detroit headquarters. While the meeting did not produce ... More »

October 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 9, 2019

Published October 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported on a new study of American tax burdens by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabrieal Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley. The study analyzes the “effective” tax rates paid by Americans since the 196... More »

September 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 27, 2019

Published September 27th, 2019 -

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be labor secretary. The vote was 53-44 along party lines. Scalia received support from 13 former career officials with the Labor Department, who wrote in a letter to lawmakers that Scalia was “very supportive ... More »

September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »