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January 2nd, 2019

News and Commentary — Jan. 2, 2019

Published January 2nd, 2019 -

Happy New Year! OnLabor’s daily News & Commentary posts return today. Here are the biggest updates in labor news from the holidays. Minimum wages rose in 20 states yesterday, raising wages for 5.3 million workers nationwide. According to the Economic Polic... More »

December 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 20th, 2018 -

As the NLRB continues its comment period for a proposed rule to codify a “direct and immediate control” 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 fr... More »

December 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 6th, 2018 -

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted this week to create a minimum pay standard for the approximately 80,000 drivers in the city working for transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via.  The standard establishes a per-minut... More »

November 18th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published November 18th, 2018 -

In Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Marriott have struck a deal, ending an historic 46-day strike.  Saturday afternoon the workers ratified the new contract in a 677-9 vote.  Terms remain undisclosed, but union representatives indicate that workers now have mor... 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 »

October 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 29th, 2018 -

Massachusetts nurses wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe supporting Ballot Question 1, an initiative that would guarantee safe nurse staffing levels (also known as safe patient limits) in order to ensure that all patients receive the care that they need.  As au... More »

October 18th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 18th, 2018 -

Uber has reached a settlement with 5,000 drivers who argue they were misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers were not covered by an arbitration agreement, though most drivers are now required to sign such an agreement before driving for the compa... More »

September 23rd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 22-23, 2018

Published September 23rd, 2018 -

Nurses unions around the country are advocating for safe staffing levels at hospitals, i.e. limiting the number of patients assigned to each nurse so that nurses can provide safer care.  For instance, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is promoting a ballot ... More »

September 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2018

Published September 13th, 2018 -

On September 18, McDonald’s employees at restaurants in ten cities will go on strike for one day in an effort to force McDonald’s management to confront sexual harassment in the workplace.  Walkout planning has been led by “women’s committees” at dozens of McD... More »

August 30th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 30, 2018

Published August 30th, 2018 -

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ support for labor unions continues to remain high at 62 percent approval.  This year’s level of support is the highest since 2003, when 65 percent of Americans approved of organized labor, and is on par with last year’s ... More »

August 24th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 24, 2018

Published August 24th, 2018 -

In an interview with the New York Times, Chinese artist Cao Fei discusses how her art examines economic development in her country and broader questions about the nature of labor. Her new video piece takes place in a factor staffed almost entirely by robots. T... More »