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Today’s News & Commentary – January 12, 2020

Published January 12th, 2020 -

This past Friday CNN agreed to pay $76 million in back pay, the largest monetary remedy in the history of the National Labor Relations Board. In a dispute dating back to 2003, the media channel finally reached a settlement with National Association of Broadcas... More »

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Dissent in Exile

Published January 7th, 2020 -

With the departure of Member Lauren McFerran, the National Labor Relations Board is now left with just three members – all from the same political party. Given the track record of these remaining Board members, we are likely to witness in the coming mont... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2020

Published January 7th, 2020 -

Yesterday a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously concluded that the Board lacked jurisdiction over a labor dispute arising out of operations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Carriers at O’Hare contract with outs... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 23, 2019

Published December 23rd, 2019 -

A Truthout op-ed evaluates the current National Labor Relations Board, arguing that under Trump’s administration, the NLRB has become more restrictive of workers’ rights. The author points mainly to two new rules as evidence of tighter restrictions... More »

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What Labor Law Teaches Us About Trump’s Defenses

Published December 20th, 2019 -

Two of the key talking points Republicans in the House of Representatives repeated endlessly in defense of Donald Trump were that Trump did not directly threaten Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the July 25th telephone call, and Zelensky later said... More »

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Privileging Property in the NLRB Email Case

Published December 19th, 2019 -

As Ryan reported yesterday, the Board has overruled Purple Communications and held that employees—in most circumstances—may not use an employer’s email system to communicate about unionization or other section 7 activity. The effects of this decision (Ri... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 18, 2019

Published December 18th, 2019 -

Tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary debate, scheduled to take place at Loyola Marymount University, will go on as planned after university workers reached a deal with Sodexo. Unite Here Local 11, the union representing roughly 150 campus cooks, dishwash... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 13, 2019

Published December 13th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) directed an Administrative Law Judge to approve a series of proposed settlement agreements proffered by McDonald’s in a long-running dispute over unfair labor practices committed by its franchisees—a dispute... More »

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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 »