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Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2019

Published December 5th, 2019 -

The Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule making it harder for states to waive requirements that certain SNAP benefits recipients work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive their food stamps.  While recipients are general... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 26th, 2019

Published November 26th, 2019 -

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the fast-food giant of wage theft. Employees in California originally filed suit in 2013, alleging, among other things, that the company had failed to pay overtime premiums, ref... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 21, 2019

Published November 21st, 2019 -

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Gary Jones resigned yesterday after the union’s executive board announced it would commence removal proceedings against Jones and another UAW official, Vance Pearson.  Jones and Pearson are said to have been involved in a co... 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 »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2019

Published November 14th, 2019 -

Janitors, cooks, operating room assistants, and other low-paid employees of the University of California medical system are on strike this week to protest the UC system’s reliance on outsourcing contracts.  The striking workers are members of AFSCME 3299, whic... 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 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 25, 2019

Published September 25th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced new rules that will require employers to pay overtime to workers making less than $35,500 per year. The rules, proposed in March, will take effect on January 1, 2020. Employers today are only required to pay overti... More »

September 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2019

Published September 24th, 2019 -

As the UAW strike enters its second week, General Motors announced yesterday that more than 1,200 U.S. and Canadian workers in the U.S. and Canada would be furloughed. Meanwhile, the Texas Observer reported on autoworkers from GM’s immensely profitable A... More »

September 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2019

Published September 13th, 2019 -

On Thursday evening, thousands of unionized grocery store workers in California approved a new employment contract with major supermarket chains Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions, and Albertsons. UFCW leaders had advised workers to vote yes on the contract, which will l... More »

September 1st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 31-September 1, 2019

Published September 1st, 2019 -

Presidential candidate and Former Vice President Joe Biden is hearing frustrations from a key union in his backyard: the AFL-CIO’s Philadelphia branch.  According to NPR, the AFL-CIO is holding a forum in mid-September, and seven presidential candidates have c... 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 »

June 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 27, 2019

Published June 27th, 2019 -

The Supreme Court has declined an invitation to substantially weaken the administrative state.  In a divided decision, the Court chose not to overturn Auer v. Robbins and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., which require courts to defer to administrative a... More »