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Today’s News & Commentary — August 31, 2018

Published August 31st, 2018 -

Governor Bruce Rauner (R) of Illinois vetoed a bill that would have allowed graduate research assistants at the state’s public universities to join labor unions.  Currently, graduate teaching assistants — but not research assistants — at the Univer... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2018

Published August 29th, 2018 -

The prison strike enters day nine, as the estimated 900,000 incarcerated laborers (out of a population of 2.4 million) demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.”  Sarah Holder of City Lab, quoting ACLU National Prison Project’s David Fathi, breaks down the c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2018

Published June 22nd, 2018 -

Both chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have passed a “grand bargain” bill that — if signed by Governor Charlie Baker — will increase the minimum wage for most workers from $11/hour to $15/hour over the course of five years and will in... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 19–20, 2018

Published May 20th, 2018 -

Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act in March of 2017, but Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) will not receive a unionization revote, an independent arbitrator ruled last week.  In an email sent twenty-four hours prior to the elect... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 14, 2018

Published May 14th, 2018 -

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launches today, as thousands of people will rally and engage in direct action at the US Capitol and state capitals across the country.   Inspired by Martin Luther King’s 1967-1968 campaign, the Poor... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 29, 2018

Published April 29th, 2018 -

On Friday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state legislature had reached a deal to raise teachers’ pay 20 percent by 2020 and to restore public education funding that has been cut since the last recession.  Arizona teachers, who have been on str... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 24, 2018

Published April 24th, 2018 -

“Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class” was the front page headline of the New York Times yesterday.  The Times reported that the “steady erosion of the public sector” has contributed to the decline of the middle class in recent decades... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 21 – 22, 2018

Published April 22nd, 2018 -

Friday was a big day for unionization efforts in New England. Late in the afternoon, election results revealed that Harvard University teaching and research assistants had voted to unionize.  During the election held on April 18 and 19, 1,931 ballots were cast... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 16, 2018

Published February 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a White House immigration proposal that would have increased border security, placed new limits on legal migration like family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, and provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 31, 2018

Published January 31st, 2018 -

Last night, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress.  In terms of policy goals, President Trump focused on infrastructure spending and immigration reform.  President Trump put forth a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan to “giv... More »

How Bad Could it Get (Legally)?

Published May 26th, 2017 -

It’s a good moment to think creatively and expansively about how to revitalize the U.S. labor movement.  This important work is underway, with contributions from academics, labor lawyers, union organizers, and others.  Substantive debates about the futur... More »