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Today’s News & Commentary — November 26th, 2019

Published November 26th, 2019 -

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the fast-food giant of wage theft. Employees in California originally filed suit in 2013, alleging, among other things, that the company had failed to pay overtime premiums, ref... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — November 24th, 2019

Published November 24th, 2019 -

17 workers in Chicago-area McDonald’s workers are suing the fast-food chain alleging that it did not do enough to protect them from violence at work. While 90% of McDonald’s stores are operated by franchisees, the suit casts blame on corporate, focusing on the... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 13, 2019

Published November 13th, 2019 -

A former McDonald’s employee is suing the company for its pervasive culture of sexual harassment. Plaintiff Jenna Ries alleges that she was frequently harassed by her manager while working at a McDonald’s in Mason, Michigan between 2017 and 2019. Ries told rep... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 4, 2019

Published November 4th, 2019 -

In the aftermath of the Chicago teachers’ strike, which ended on October 31, students and teachers are struggling to catch up on missing work. Some high school seniors who were unable to take the SAT during the strike have now missed early admission dead... More »

July 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 22, 2019

Published July 22nd, 2019 -

The Trump Administration’s Office of Personnel Management has proposed a new rule that would enable federal workers to drop their union membership at any time after their first year.  As Heather Gies explains for In These Times, “A rolling opt-out rule would m... More »

June 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 12, 2019

Published June 12th, 2019 -

Five senators signed on to a letter by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) calling on McDonald’s to require franchisees to implement its newly updated harassment policies.  The letter points out that “independently owned operations make up the vast majority of the o... More »

May 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 24, 2019

Published May 24th, 2019 -

A New York State appeals court has ruled that farmworkers have a fundamental right to unionize.  The 4 – 1 decision invalidates a portion of a 1937 law that specifically excludes farmworkers in New York from exercising collective bargaining rights.  The ... More »

May 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2019

Published May 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday the NLRB ruled against the UAW in its bid for a new election to represent both skilled production and maintenance employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In December 2015, the Board certified the UAW as the representative of onl... More »

May 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—May 22, 2019

Published May 22nd, 2019 -

On Tuesday, a group of labor organizations filed 23 new sexual harassment charges and lawsuits against McDonald’s. The Fight for $15 organization, the ACLU, and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund filed 20 complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissi... 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 »

March 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 28, 2019

Published March 28th, 2019 -

This week the National Employment Law Project released a report detailing how gig companies like Uber and Handy have led a state-by-state lobbying effort with corporate partners to strip gig workers of the legal protections afforded to employees.  The report e... More »

December 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2018

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 »