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June 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 10, 2019

Published June 10th, 2019 -

Graduate student workers at the University of Chicago held a three day strike last week to pressure the university to recognize and bargain with their union, Graduate Students United.  As previously reported in OnLabor, UChicago student workers voted to unioni... More »

May 14th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary—May 14, 2019

Published May 14th, 2019 -

Five states are suing the Trump administration to block a rule that would ban automatic deductions for union dues from the paychecks of home health workers paid for by Medicaid.  The attorneys general of California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... More »

April 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2019

Published April 11th, 2019 -

On Tuesday the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the right of unions to serve as the exclusive representatives of employees in public sector bargaining units.  In Branch v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, four government employees represente... More »

February 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2019

Published February 4th, 2019 -

As sex workers around the country had warned, sex trafficking has spiked since the federal government enacted SESTA/FOSTA last year.  For instance, San Francisco police recorded a 170% increase in human trafficking reports in 2018.  Under the Stop Enabling Sex... More »

January 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2019

Published January 7th, 2019 -

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is challenging public sector workers’ right to exclusive union representation at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  The NRWLDF, the anti-union organization that represented the plaintiff in Janus... More »

September 9th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

July 27th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2018

Published July 27th, 2018 -

The Massachusetts House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill requiring companies seeking large state and local government contracts to disclose workplace safety violations. The bill is a response to the 2016 deaths of two workers, Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins... 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 22nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2018

Published June 22nd, 2018 -

Both chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have passed a “grand bargain” bill that — if signed by Governor Charlie Baker — will increase the minimum wage for most workers from $11/hour to $15/hour over the course of five years and will in... More »

May 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2018

Published May 28th, 2018 -

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, Chipotle has asked the Federal District Court of Colorado to exclude 2,814 workers from a wage theft lawsuit because these workers signed mandatory arbitration agreements barring them from partic... More »

 

Pay Equity in Massachusetts

Published April 10th, 2018 -

Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the current year the average woman has to work to earn as much as her male colleagues in the prior year. Thanks to persistent gender wage gaps and gender discrimination, women in Massachusetts still on... More »

October 30th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — October 30, 2017

Published October 30th, 2017 -

WBUR’s business and technology team, BostonomiX, analyzed data from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development in order to understand the future of work in Massachusetts.  BostonomiX found that the health care and computer sectors are likely t... More »