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June 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 20, 2019

Published June 20th, 2019 -

Two decades after its introduction, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate yesterday.  The bill guarantees farmworkers collective bargaining rights, workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits, and also... More »

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 »

June 2nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — June 1-2, 2019

Published June 2nd, 2019 -

Cai Shuang Chen, a delivery worker in New York, won $327,738 in a wage theft case in September 2017.  However, Chen is unable to collect this money under New York state law, as the restaurant he worked for changed its name and thus technically no longer exists... More »

April 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 29, 2019

Published April 29th, 2019 -

Unionized attorneys and other staff at CAMBA Legal Services — a Brooklyn-based legal aid organization — are entering the third week of their strike for a fair contract.  The workers are calling for paid leave for all parents as well as fair pay for... More »

February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

August 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2018

Published August 21st, 2018 -

North Carolina raised the minimum wage to $15/hour for around 10,000 state government and public university employees.  Legislative budget-writers explained that this raise will help retain experienced state workers, who often leave their jobs for higher-payin... More »

July 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2018

Published July 23rd, 2018 -

New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance and benefits.  The Board wrote that “credible evidence establishes that Uber exercises suffi... More »

July 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 3, 2018

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

After long campaign by thousands of app-based drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City released a report today analyzing a proposal to establish a minimum pay rate for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers.  The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission,... 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 »

April 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2018

Published April 13th, 2018 -

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that is aimed at protecting public workers’ rights in advance of the Supreme Court’s potentially adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.  The new law allows unions to deny full benefits to worke... More »

 

Gig News: NYC Drivers Group Accuses Lyft of Wage Theft

Published June 1st, 2017 -

Yesterday, a New York Assembly Member and the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) called for an investigation into ride-hailing company Lyft for allegedly cheating drivers out of certain wages. They claim the company is deducting New York State sales taxes and a “... More »