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This Labor Day, A Clean Slate for Reform

Published September 3rd, 2018 - and

As divided as we have become as a country, we arrive at this Labor Day with a shared national understanding: both economic and political power are wildly out of balance, with dire consequences for the vast majority of Americans who find themselves on the losin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 29, 2018

Published June 29th, 2018 -

In Chicago, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of sandwich  franchise Jimmy John’s, who argued that the company cannot be liable for the FLSA violations of its individual restaurants.  Jimmy John’s may control mayonnai... More »

The Trump NLRB’s Administrative Law Problems

Published May 29th, 2018 -

One week last December, President Trump’s NLRB reversed five significant Board precedents.  It was the end of Board Chairman Phil Miscimarra’s term, and the Trump Administration had taken over less than a year before.  The reversals themselves weren’t surprisi... More »

State Constitutions and Protections for Workers

Published May 16th, 2018 -

In October of 1977, a group of attorneys walked out of the Supreme Court building, having extended a new constitutional right to millions of people. They, however, were not in Washington, DC, but instead were leaving Albany, having argued a case arising from t... More »

Time to Aim Higher for Workers’ Rights

Published October 12th, 2017 -

Labor activists must aim much higher if we are to push through the severe structural obstacles that limit organizing in the US. And now is the time as workers’ rights in the US are at a 100 year low and sinking at both the national and state level. The right t... More »

Is it Time to End Labor Preemption?

Published September 11th, 2017 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs Serious thinking about labor law reform seems to be coalescing around a few themes.  One of these is the possibility of allowing state and local intervention into the rules of union organizing and collective bargaining.  Purs... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 4, 2017

Published May 4th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that Apple plans to create a $1 billion fund for the advancement of manufacturing jobs in the United States. In an interview with CNBC, Apple’s chief executive Timothy D. Cook noted, “Those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2017

Published April 25th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court will soon be presented with the opportunity to decide whether unions can constitutionally charge non-members “fair share” fees.  According to Bloomberg BNA, “the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation intends by the... More »