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February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

December 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 20, 2018

Published December 20th, 2018 -

As the NLRB continues its comment period for a proposed rule to codify a more restrictive standard for joint employer status, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has voiced his view that the rule does not go far enough in insulating lead employers from labor law l... More »

August 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2018

Published August 3rd, 2018 -

The Massachusetts legislature this week passed a new bill that would limit the use of noncompete clauses in that state. The new law, which still must be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, would allow employers to prevent their workers from moving to ... More »

July 29th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — July 28–29, 2018

Published July 29th, 2018 -

Entry-level pay for some Disneyland workers will rise to $15 an hour by January 2019, and $15.45 by mid-June 2020.  Hourly workers will see yearly raises of 3 percent.  The new wages – up from an $11 an hour minimum – follow months of negotiations and disputes... More »

July 24th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2018

Published July 24th, 2018 -

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights guaranteeing  minimum wages, rest breaks, and related protections for nannies, house cleaners, cooks, gardeners, and other domestic workers.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she wil... More »

July 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 19, 2018

Published July 19th, 2018 -

This week the U.S. Labor Department formally rescinded the Obama-era “persuader rule” that mandated employers to disclose information about their one-on-one communications with union-avoidance consultants.  The rule was promulgated under the Labor-Management R... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — July 2, 2018

Published July 2nd, 2018 -

Minimum wages are rising across the country. On Sunday, San Francisco’s minimum wage reached $15 an hour for all businesses, the highest rate of any major U.S. city. (Seattle’s $15 minimum in effect last year applies only to large businesses with 501 or more e... More »

June 28th, 2018

Janus News Roundup

Published June 28th, 2018 -

“The day that organized labor has been dreading for several years is finally here,” Sarah Jaffe writes at the Times’ opinion page.  Jaffe is one of many arguing that workers and their unions must get back to basics — to old fashioned organizing, to strikes mod... More »

 

Preliminary Janus Summary

Published June 27th, 2018 -

Here’s a very quick summary based on an even quicker read of the Court’s Janus opinion which overrules Abood and holds that agency fees violate the First Amendment. The majority opinion by Justice Alito starts by reasoning that Abood was inconsistent “with sta... More »

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Could Originalism Save Public Sector Unions?

Published June 7th, 2018 -

Justice Gorsuch’s silence during the Janus oral argument generated considerable buzz.  Wishful (yet tentative) commentators hoped the silence was a sign that the new Justice’s originalism would lead him to uphold Abood.  To be sure, Justice Thomas, the Court’s... More »

May 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2018

Published May 21st, 2018 -

The Editorial Board of the New York Daily News yesterday drew attention to what has been a repeated “pilgrimage” in a stymied search for equal rights and fair treatment: the yearly trip of “some of New York State’s 100,000 field hands to the Capitol” to ask fo... More »