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September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »

July 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 5, 2019

Published July 5th, 2019 -

Today, the Trump administration’s rule barring Medicaid-funded home health aides from deducting union dues from their paychecks goes into effect. While these workers can still pay their union dues through alternative methods, the rule will place an administrat... More »

February 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

Published February 7th, 2019 -

The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid... More »

September 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2018

Published September 6th, 2018 -

A group of workers at Whole Foods are seeking to unionize, the Wall Street Journal reports. These workers hope to collectively bargain with Whole Foods and its parent company, Amazon, over wages, benefits, and job security. Amazon has successfully avoided unio... 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 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 28, 2018

Published August 28th, 2018 -

President Trump said yesterday that the United States and Mexico have reached a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA, though Canada has apparently been left out of the deal for the time being. Lawmakers and industry expressed concern that the trilateral NAFTA could be... More »

February 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2018

Published February 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, President Trump’s administration “proposed deep spending cuts” in the U.S. Labor Department’s budget for the second consecutive year.  The administration requested a 21% budget reduction over current levels for fiscal year 20... More »

 

Law and Organizing

Published January 18th, 2018 -

I have a new essay in the Texas Law Review that aims to help explain how a legal regime like labor law can (if actually enforced) facilitate organizing and collective action.  The essay – Law, Organizing, and Status Quo Vulnerability – draws on soc... More »

November 8th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2017

Published November 8th, 2017 -

Democrats won the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday.  Ralph Northam will be the new governor of Virginia, and Phil Murphy will be the new governor of New Jersey.  Read more here.  Bill de Blasio was also reelected and will serve a se... More »

October 17th, 2017

Daily News & Commentary—October 17, 2017

Published October 17th, 2017 -

In an interesting take, Austin Frakt at the New York Times, discusses how a healthy economy can shorten life spans—at least in the short term.  According to Frakt, this counterintuitive finding (counterintuitive because economic growth promotes higher li... More »

September 13th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2017

Published September 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, street protests erupted in numerous cities in France, including Lyon, Nantes, and Toulouse, in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform French labor law.  The proposed reforms aim to ease rules for small businesses, loosen hirin... More »