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Weekend News & Commentary — October 20–21, 2018

Published October 21st, 2018 -

The trans-continental Marriott strike continues without flagging.  Seven thousand workers in Boston, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Detroit, and throughout Hawaii are disrupting operations at dozens of Marriott-owned hotels.  The SF Examiner describes the... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2018

Published July 24th, 2018 -

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights guaranteeing  minimum wages, rest breaks, and related protections for nannies, house cleaners, cooks, gardeners, and other domestic workers.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she wil... More »

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Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2018

Published April 5th, 2018 -

The Washington Post recently commented on the long delays faced by federal employees alleging sexual harassment in the workplace, with some lawyers and federal officials feeling that the federal government is lagging behind the private sector in terms of addre... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2017

Published August 2nd, 2017 -

Yesterday, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order dismissing all claims in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. City of Seattle, a case challenging the validity of a Seattle or... More »

Seattle and the Economics of Minimum Wage

Published June 26th, 2017 -

As FiveThirtyEight reports today, in a story titled Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far, a team of researchers at the University of Washington is out with a new economic analysis of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance. Here’s the abstr... 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 »