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Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2019

Published December 5th, 2019 -

The Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule making it harder for states to waive requirements that certain SNAP benefits recipients work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive their food stamps.  While recipients are general... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — November 24th, 2019

Published November 24th, 2019 -

17 workers in Chicago-area McDonald’s workers are suing the fast-food chain alleging that it did not do enough to protect them from violence at work. While 90% of McDonald’s stores are operated by franchisees, the suit casts blame on corporate, focusing on the... More »

October 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 29, 2019

Published October 29th, 2019 -

Chicago Public School classes remain cancelled today as negotiations between the city and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) continue. The sides met for 16 hours yesterday, with talks extending into the early morning. As Tabatha noted yesterday, the city and mem... More »

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 »