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Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2017

Published September 18th, 2017 -

Last Thursday, a new union of nontenure-track faculty at Northwestern University filed a charge with the NLRB that accused the university of violating labor laws by refusing to bargain over a first contract.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the NLRB certified... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 1, 2017

Published September 1st, 2017 -

Yesterday, a federal judge invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule, which would have doubled the overtime salary threshold to around $47,000.  The rule would have made around 4 million additional workers overtime eligible.  In an 18-page opi... More »

UAW Loss at Nissan

Published August 7th, 2017 -

Workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi voted “overwhelmingly” against representation by the United Auto Workers last week.  The loss marks a very disappointing outcome to a years-long organizing drive by the UAW and yet another set back for the lab... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 13, 2017

Published July 13th, 2017 -

The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday that employees at a Nissan plant in Mississippi have filed a petition for a union election.  The New York Times reports that the U.A.W. has been working to unionize the plant since 2012 and criticized, in a statement, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 23, 2017

Published June 23rd, 2017 -

On Tuesday, President Trump nominated Marvin Kaplan to the NLRB. Kaplan is a former lawyer for the Republicans on the House education and oversight committees. The NLRB now has a Republican majority, and Kaplan’s confirmation could lead to the reversal of a nu... More »

Workers Understand a Boss’s “Hopes”

Published June 9th, 2017 -

According to the sworn testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump pulled him into a private meeting in the oval office and said, about the FBI’s ongoing investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let thi... More »

Expanding the Workers’ Bill of Rights

Published May 31st, 2017 -

I recently proposed a Workers’ Bill of Rights, and invited others to respond with suggestions for other rights that should be included.  I did receive some helpful comments, and in response I would propose adding three additional rights to the ones I had previ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 4, 2017

Published May 4th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that Apple plans to create a $1 billion fund for the advancement of manufacturing jobs in the United States. In an interview with CNBC, Apple’s chief executive Timothy D. Cook noted, “Those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around ... More »