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Today’s News & Commentary — Thursday, April 2nd

Published April 2nd, 2020 -

  6.6 million people signed up for state unemployment benefits last week, according to Department of Labor data released this morning. As EPI notes, today’s earth-shattering number—over double last week’s record-breaking 3.3. million jobless claims—is lik... More »

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The Trump NLRB Needs to be Removed

Published April 1st, 2020 -

That’s it.  The Trump appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) need to be removed for neglect of duty and malfeasance – now. The latest outrage?  Yesterday, the Trump Board added to its long and growing list of anti-worker, anti-union actions, i... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Wednesday, April 1st

Published April 1st, 2020 -

The newest coronavirus projections from the White House paint a grim picture: the best case scenario predicts 100,000 to 240,000 fatalities in the United States. This scenario requires continued extensive social distancing: without community mitigation, 1.5 mi... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 11, 2020

Published March 11th, 2020 -

Bloomberg News reported today that the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is limiting the power of its General Counsel in deciding what types of discrimination suits it can bring against employers. One of these changes includes the creation of ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 4, 2020

Published March 4th, 2020 -

Voters took to the polls in fourteen states for Super Tuesday yesterday. As The New York Times reports, former Vice President Joe Biden won big: winning in states across the South and in several states where he did not seriously campaign. Senator Bernie Sander... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2020

Published February 28th, 2020 -

Yesterday, a group of major unions filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) asking the F.T.C. to investigate Amazon. The petition highlights a range of Amazon business practices that have received scrutiny over the past few years for the imp... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—February 27, 2020

Published February 27th, 2020 -

  Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board formally published a final rule revising the established test of joint-employer liability for labor violations.  As Jared explained on Tuesday, the new rule replaces an Obama-era decision that allowed the bo... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – February 21, 2020

Published February 21st, 2020 -

What’s in labor news today? A cursory Google search gives the impression that organized labor is today plagued by fractious infighting. Indeed, there is no shortage of articles highlighting the apparent ideological divisions among labor unions in the face of a... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2020

Published February 11th, 2020 -

In a budget request released yesterday, the Trump Administration proposed to slash Department of Labor spending by 11% in fiscal year 2021. The National Labor Relations Board’s budget would be reduced by 10% and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s bu... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 10, 2020

Published February 10th, 2020 -

The labor market is in good shape. Employers added 225,000 jobs in January. A New York Times article delves into the experience of black workers, whose wages are finally rising after a year of stagnation. While the unemployment rate for black workers over the ... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — February 8-9, 2020

Published February 9th, 2020 -

Yesterday John Myers at the Los Angeles Times profiled Lorena Gonzalez, the tenacious California assembly member behind AB5.  The profile follows an almost-certain court victory for the pioneering law, which is aimed at curbing misclassification of workers in ... More »