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October 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — Oct 3rd, 2019

Published October 3rd, 2019 -

The New York Times published a piece this week reviewing the re-emergence of a conversation about compensating unpaid domestic labor. While showcasing certain policy proposals by campaigning Democratic candidates, it traces the roots of these ideas to both the... More »

October 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2019

Published October 1st, 2019 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that a feedback solicitation program at T-Mobile is not a “labor organization” within the meaning of Section 2(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In 2015, T-Mobile created a program ca... More »

September 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 23, 2019

Published September 23rd, 2019 -

The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors continued this weekend (please see our previous coverage). Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the picket line on Sunday at an assembly plant in Detroit. Also on Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to... More »

September 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 17, 2019

Published September 17th, 2019 -

ProPublica reported yesterday about a potential conflict of interest facing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as they seek to revise the so-called “joint-employer rule” through agency rulemaking procedures. Last week, two Democrats on the House Committ... More »

September 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2019

Published September 13th, 2019 -

On Thursday evening, thousands of unionized grocery store workers in California approved a new employment contract with major supermarket chains Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions, and Albertsons. UFCW leaders had advised workers to vote yes on the contract, which will l... More »

August 30th, 2019

News & Commentary— August 30th, 2019

Published August 30th, 2019 -

It has been a busy month for the NLRB. In a 3-1 party-line decision on Thursday, the board upheld an agency judge’s ruling that misclassifying workers as independent contractors does not violate federal labor law. The ruling rested on the conclusion that miscl... More »

August 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2019

Published August 21st, 2019 -

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta was arrested in Fresno Tuesday during a protest in support of raising wages for home healthcare workers.  Huerta, who is eighty-nine, was arrested alongside seven others while demonstrating outside of a meeting of the Fr... More »

August 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 12, 2019

Published August 12th, 2019 -

On Friday, Oregon became the first state to offer 100% wage replacement for minimum-wage workers. The state will provide 12 weeks paid time off to new parents, survivors of domestic violence, and those who need to care for a family member, significant other, o... More »

August 11th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 11, 2019

Published August 11th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a petition asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify the union of federal immigration judges. The petition claims that immigration judges should be considered “management officials” ineligible t... More »

July 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 14, 2019

Published July 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, July 12, Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta announced his resignation as Democrats and Republicans alike questioned his handling of a sex crimes case involving financier Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida. Even before l... More »

July 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2019

Published July 9th, 2019 -

Yesterday, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, announced plans for a work stoppage next week on July 15, to coincide with Amazon’s “Prime Day” sale. Organizers are currently planning a six-hour stoppage, coupled with a nearby rally meant to ... More »

July 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 5, 2019

Published July 5th, 2019 -

Today, the Trump administration’s rule barring Medicaid-funded home health aides from deducting union dues from their paychecks goes into effect. While these workers can still pay their union dues through alternative methods, the rule will place an administrat... More »