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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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2017

Published May 16th, 2017 -

Noncompete agreements — once limited to senior executives — are now a widespread practice, locking in almost one fifth of American workers.  This includes low-wage workers at fast-food chains and factories.  A recent report from The New York Times revealed how... More »

Guest Post: The People’s Climate March and Labor

Published May 2nd, 2017 -

Renee Gerni is an Assistant General Counsel at the Service Employees International Union. The views expressed in this post are solely her own and should not be attributed to SEIU. This past weekend, when hundreds of thousands rallied in the People’s Climate Ma... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 29-30, 2017

Published April 30th, 2017 -

Yesterday was the 100th day of the Trump presidency, and the report cards are in.  In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, President Trump maintained that he has “kept his promise[s]” to the American people.  He pointed to his achievements in... More »

Today's News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »