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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 »

June 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 19, 2019

Published June 19th, 2019 -

On Friday, June 14, the NLRB overturned 38 years of precedent, holding in UPMC and SEIU, 368 NLRB No. 2 (June 14, 2019), that an employer has no duty to permit nonemployee union organizers to use public space on its property to solicit union support. The case ... 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 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 13, 2019

Published May 13th, 2019 -

Delta flight attendants and ramp service workers are trying to unionize with the Machinists union.  In response, Delta has posted a series of condescending flyers, sparking outrage and mockery from workers and community supporters.  One poster stated, “Union d... More »

May 5th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 4–5, 2019

Published May 5th, 2019 -

The NLRB granted a win to Volkswagen Friday when it ordered a stay on Chattanooga workers’ election to unionize.  This action arrived unexpectedly in a one-sentence no-reasoning opinion from NLRB Chairperson John Ring (R) and Member Marvin Kaplan (R).  NLRB Me... More »

May 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2019

Published May 3rd, 2019 -

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which seeks to strengthen workers’ rights to organize and bargain. Some of the bill’s highlights: Amending the definition of employee to prevent misclassificatio... More »

April 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – April 26, 2019

Published April 26th, 2019 -

The Eighth Circuit stayed further consideration of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Bostock and Zarda.  Horton, like the aforementioned cases, concerns whether Title VII’s bar against discrimination ... More »