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Today’s News & Commentary—February 13, 2020

Published February 13th, 2020 -

Organized labor is set to play a key role in the Democratic presidential nomination this year, and most candidates have taken note.  Unions are far from unified around one candidate, however; while labor support helped power Bernie Sanders to victory in New Ha... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 30, 2020

Published January 30th, 2020 -

On Tuesday, around 7,800 healthcare workers walked off the job at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle to begin a three-day strike for better pay and working conditions.  The work stoppage, led by Service Employees International Union 1199NW, is part of a larger ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2020

Published January 16th, 2020 -

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Babb v. Wilkie.  The question before the Court was whether federal workers alleging age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) must show that the adverse action would not have hap... 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 »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 7, 2019

Published November 7th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit held that government employees who paid agency fees to public sector unions cannot recover fees collected prior to the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME.  The plaintiff in Tuesday’s case was Mark Janus himself.  W... More »

May 26th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 26th, 2019

Published May 26th, 2019 -

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would bring major changes to the American retirement system. The bill, H.R. 1994 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, or SECURE Act), seeks to ease som... More »

May 5th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 4–5, 2019

Published May 5th, 2019 -

The NLRB granted a win to Volkswagen Friday when it ordered a stay on Chattanooga workers’ election to unionize.  This action arrived unexpectedly in a one-sentence no-reasoning opinion from NLRB Chairperson John Ring (R) and Member Marvin Kaplan (R).  NLRB Me... More »

March 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2019

Published March 5th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Monday that the Trump administration illegally prevented the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from collecting more robust pay data from employers.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan found that the Office of... More »

August 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2018

Published August 23rd, 2018 -

Responding to the #MeToo movement and the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems, the California State Senate passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring a mandatory arbitration provision or nondisclosure agreement as a condition of empl... More »

August 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2018

Published August 8th, 2018 -

In a hard-fought win for organized labor, Missouri voters repealed a so-called “right-to-work” law enacted last year by Missouri’s Republican state legislature and former Republican governor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The New York Times repor... More »

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Workers Campaign To Repeal Missouri’s Right-To-Work Law

Published July 26th, 2018 -

On August 7th, Missouri voters will decide the fate of Prop. A — a ballot initiative that could repeal the state’s newly passed “right-to-work” law. Last year, then-Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 19, a so-called “right-to-work” bill that poses a dir... More »