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August 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 12, 2019

Published August 12th, 2019 -

On Friday, Oregon became the first state to offer 100% wage replacement for minimum-wage workers. The state will provide 12 weeks paid time off to new parents, survivors of domestic violence, and those who need to care for a family member, significant other, o... More »

August 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2019

Published August 7th, 2019 -

This year, public sector employees in blue states have organized to expand their collective bargaining right—scoring significant legislative gains in spite of the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus decision. The Intercept reports that more than 22,000 public sector wo... More »

August 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 5, 2019

Published August 5th, 2019 -

AT&T workers — represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) — rallied in Atlanta for a fair contract on Saturday.  Around 20,000 AT&T employees in nine Southeastern states are covered by the same contract, which expired over t... More »

August 4th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 4th, 2019

Published August 4th, 2019 -

On Saturday, several Democratic presidential candidates headed to Las Vegas for a forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The candidates laid out their plans for the economy and labor law reform in front of an audienc... More »

June 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 26, 2019

Published June 26th, 2019 -

Wayfair employees are walking out today to protest the furniture company’s contacts with the contractors running child internment camps on the border. Wayfair workers learned that the company placed a $200,000 furniture order with BCFS, a federal contractor th... More »

June 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 10, 2019

Published June 10th, 2019 -

Graduate student workers at the University of Chicago held a three day strike last week to pressure the university to recognize and bargain with their union, Graduate Students United.  As previously reported in OnLabor, UChicago student workers voted to unioni... More »

February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

 

Weekend News & Commentary — August 25–26, 2018

Published August 26th, 2018 -

On Saturday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a series of President Trump’s executive orders.  Jackson ruled that boosting federal agencies’ firing rights would deny collective bargaining rights for ... More »

 

Janus and the Private Sector

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

In the grim aftermath of Janus v. AFSCME, discussion has focused on what the decision portends for agency fee agreements in the private sector. Given the cloud of doom that has descended on many of us, it’s not surprising that pessimism abounds. There is... More »

June 28th, 2018

Janus News Roundup

Published June 28th, 2018 -

“The day that organized labor has been dreading for several years is finally here,” Sarah Jaffe writes at the Times’ opinion page.  Jaffe is one of many arguing that workers and their unions must get back to basics — to old fashioned organizing, to strikes mod... More »

June 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 28, 2018

Published June 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court struck a major blow to public sector unions yesterday. The Janus ruling held that the First Amendment prohibits states from requiring non-union members to pay so-called “agency fees” to the union that represents them. Sharon Block and Ben Sac... More »