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May 18th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 18, 2018

Published May 18th, 2018 -

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill expanding the state’s prison labor program. The bill already passed the State Senate, and Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign it into law.  Incarcerated individuals who currently work in the Louisiana prison sy... More »

April 26th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 26, 2018

Published April 26th, 2018 -

The Arizona teachers strike begins today.  As we previously reported, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey already promised a 20 percent wage increase for teachers by 2020, but his proposal depends on an optimistic economic forecast in future years as he seeks to avoid... More »

April 15th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — April 14-15, 2018

Published April 15th, 2018 -

On April 11, Senate Republicans confirmed management-side attorney John Ring for the only vacant seat on the NLRB in a 50-48 party-line vote.  On Friday, President Trump indicated he would elevate Ring to Board Chairman, demoting current Chairman and fellow Tr... More »

February 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary – February 21, 2018

Published February 21st, 2018 -

An article in Law360 describes the National Labor Relations Board Inspector General’s report on the decision of NLRB Member Bill Emanuel not to recuse himself from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd.  This case reversed the joint employer standard established... More »

 

At the NLRB, GOP Board Members Show How to Play Hard Ball

Published December 21st, 2017 -

While the media was focusing on the drama over the Republican tax bill, last week the new Republican majority on the National Labor Relations Board issued five decisions overturning precedents:  UPMC, Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, The Boeing Company, Raythe... More »

December 13th, 2017

Today’s News and Commentary — December 13, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017 -

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board will publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” Rule.  The amendments, which took effect on April 14, 2015, allowed u... More »

September 26th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2017

Published September 26th, 2017 -

American cities are going wild as Amazon looks for a place to build its second headquarters and employ 50,000 people.  Tucson businessmen sent a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos’ office.  Philadelphia and Tulsa have expressed openness to modifying their tax ... More »

August 4th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2017

Published August 4th, 2017 -

This week, President Trump endorsed legislation that would halve legal immigration to the United States in the next decade, by drastically reducing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties. Although the number admitted based on jobs skills woul... More »

June 23rd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — June 23, 2017

Published June 23rd, 2017 -

On Tuesday, President Trump nominated Marvin Kaplan to the NLRB. Kaplan is a former lawyer for the Republicans on the House education and oversight committees. The NLRB now has a Republican majority, and Kaplan’s confirmation could lead to the reversal of a nu... More »

 

You Call That a Hearing?

Published June 22nd, 2017 -

The Republicans have rightly been criticized for refusing to hold hearings on their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but even when they do hold Congressional hearings, the only benefit to the public is to reveal how little they seem to care about fact-f... More »

 

Workers Understand a Boss’s “Hopes”

Published June 9th, 2017 -

According to the sworn testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump pulled him into a private meeting in the oval office and said, about the FBI’s ongoing investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let thi... More »