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August 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 14, 2019

Published August 14th, 2019 -

The Nation reported today on working conditions for participants in the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which provides over 100,000 foreign college students with J-1 visas to work in the United States each summer. According to a recent investigation by the I... More »

June 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 24, 2019

Published June 24th, 2019 -

Following a ten-month grassroots campaign led by the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA) and supported by over forty unions and community organizations, the Philadelphia City Council introduced a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights last Thursday.  If pass... More »

February 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 8, 2019

Published February 8th, 2019 -

Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against a transgender employee who brought a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.  Nicole Wittmer, a transgender woman, sued Phillips 66 after the company withd... More »

December 2nd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 2nd, 2018 -

The nation’s minimum wages are lower than the wages the nation’s voters would prefer, according to a Pew Research Center survey. While many workers across the nation have been celebrating recent victories for higher minimum wages, the average state resident pr... More »

November 12th, 2018

Daily News & Commentary

Published November 12th, 2018 -

After winning back the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s election, House Democrats plan to grill President Trump’s Department of Labor about its policies regarding tipped workers.  In December, the DOL proposed a rule allowing employers who pay tipped... More »

August 31st, 2018

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 »

 

Pensions v 401(k)s: An Illinois Case Study

Published May 26th, 2017 -

Illinois’ pension liability is estimated to stand at more than $130 billion.  The reason behind Illinois’ ever-growing pension liability is one of debate.  Some attribute the deficit to legislators voting on pension bills they didn’t fully understand.  Others ... More »