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A Narrow Preemption Exception

Published October 23rd, 2017 -

The Ninth Circuit issued a decision this week on whether the City of Los Angeles can include in its contracts with companies doing business at LAX a requirement that they enter into labor peace agreements or whether such a contract clause is preempted by the N... More »

Time to Aim Higher for Workers’ Rights

Published October 12th, 2017 -

Labor activists must aim much higher if we are to push through the severe structural obstacles that limit organizing in the US. And now is the time as workers’ rights in the US are at a 100 year low and sinking at both the national and state level. The right t... More »

Is it Time to End Labor Preemption?

Published September 11th, 2017 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs Serious thinking about labor law reform seems to be coalescing around a few themes.  One of these is the possibility of allowing state and local intervention into the rules of union organizing and collective bargaining.  Purs... More »

Daily News & Commentary—July 19, 2017

Published July 19th, 2017 -

NPR reports that state minimum wage preemption laws are on the rise.  27 states currently have laws prohibiting cities from raising their minimum wage above the state minimum.  In Missouri, the last state to pass one of these measures, a minimum wage preemptio... More »

Gig News: Seattle Gig Unionization Ordinance On Hold

Published April 3rd, 2017 -

Despite surviving multiple court challenges, the revolutionary Seattle municipal ordinance giving gig economy independent contractors the right to unionize appears to be on hold. According to Bloomberg BNA, a Seattle city attorney announced the city will delay... More »