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Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2019

Published November 27th, 2019 -

It’s a big news week for Amazon. First, the New York Times published a feature on the grassroots alliance developing against the company. Athena, a new coalition made up of three dozen grassroots groups, is trying to unify resistance to Amazon that is beginnin... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 26th, 2019

Published November 26th, 2019 -

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the fast-food giant of wage theft. Employees in California originally filed suit in 2013, alleging, among other things, that the company had failed to pay overtime premiums, ref... More »

September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »

May 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2019

Published May 16th, 2019 -

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) wrote to the National Mediation Board yesterday to accuse Delta of illegally interfering with the right of baggage handlers and flight attendants to make a free choice on unionization.  Th... More »

March 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2019

Published March 15th, 2019 -

Workplace deaths hit a 10-year high in 2018, with over 5,000 workers were killed on the job. But, according to a disturbing new report by the National Employment Law Project, OSHA investigations have fallen steadily during the Trump Administration — even as th... More »

March 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 8, 2019

Published March 8th, 2019 -

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced that he will not run for president in 2020.  Brown already completed a tour of early primary states, where he emphasized a message of economic opportunity and dignity of work.  “We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dig... More »

February 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... More »

January 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2019

Published January 25th, 2019 -

This year Google employees have organized protests against the tech giant, taking aim at the company’s use of forced arbitration agreements and its work with the military.  Unsurprisingly the demonstrations were planned primarily over company email.  Though th... More »

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How We Value Investors and Workers

Published September 25th, 2018 -

I wrote about the now-infamous case where Brett Kavanaugh dissented from an opinion upholding a fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against SeaWorld after a killer whale lived up to its name by killing a trainer.  As a result of th... More »

July 27th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2018

Published July 27th, 2018 -

The Massachusetts House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill requiring companies seeking large state and local government contracts to disclose workplace safety violations. The bill is a response to the 2016 deaths of two workers, Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins... More »

July 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 19, 2018

Published July 19th, 2018 -

This week the U.S. Labor Department formally rescinded the Obama-era “persuader rule” that mandated employers to disclose information about their one-on-one communications with union-avoidance consultants.  The rule was promulgated under the Labor-Management R... More »

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Watch Out Workers, Here Comes Brett Kavanaugh

Published July 10th, 2018 -

In 2010, a trainer at SeaWorld drowned when the killer whale she was working with during a performance “grabbed her and pulled her off the platform into the pool, refusing to release her.”  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated ... More »