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Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 1, 2018

Published February 1st, 2018 -

This Bloomberg Law article explains that the Department of Labor, which recently introduced a tip pooling proposal, deleted an internal analysis showing that the new proposal could cost workers billions of dollars. Under the new plan, workers who earn tips cou... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 18, 2018

Published January 18th, 2018 -

This Splinternews article highlights Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a worker center in Minneapolis that trains workers to become organizers and leaders in their own community. The article highlights Alexis Collins, who was a 17-year-old Burger ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 4, 2018

Published January 4th, 2018 -

Administrative Law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal found that the Chicago Police Department violated stated labor laws by failing to negotiate an expansion of its body camera program with the city’s police union. The Judge found that state labor law requires dialogue w... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 7, 2017

Published December 7th, 2017 -

The Trump Administration has sided against public-sector unions by filing a brief in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in support of a constitutional challenge to fair-share fees. While 28 states already have right-to-work ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 24, 2017

Published November 24th, 2017 -

Retailers are expected to hire slightly fewer temporary workers this holiday shopping season.  Although Target plans to hire thousands, Wal-Mart plans to hire none, promising instead to increase existing workers’ hours to accommodate the anticipated surg... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—October 12, 2017

Published October 12th, 2017 -

According to this article, labor unions are using Social Media and lobbying on Capitol Hill to demand that lawmakers end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The unions argue that NAFTA hurts American workers by allowing unfair competition from for... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 14, 2017

Published September 14th, 2017 -

According to the New York Times, 34,000 participants in the Teamsters union will have their pension benefits cut by nearly 30%. The participants voted to cut benefits in order to help the “cash-strapped plan.” Although more members voted no than voted yes, to ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2017

Published August 3rd, 2017 -

According to the Washington Examiner, workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi will vote today on whether or not they should join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Nearly 4,000 workers will be voting, and the election will be concluded by Friday. While unio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 7, 2017

Published July 7th, 2017 -

The June jobs report was released this morning. There’s coverage here and here. In anticipation of the report, coverage in major papers this week remarked on the economy’s continued slow expansion and the slower-than-last-year jobs growth in the first five mon... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2017

Published May 23rd, 2017 -

Companies in Utah are struggling to find workers to fill job openings thereby slowing economic growth. While companies are eager to hire more workers to meet increased demand, Utah’s unemployment rate of 3.1% means there are relatively few workers looking for ... More »