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Today’s News & Commentary — October 29, 2018

Published October 29th, 2018 -

Massachusetts nurses wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe supporting Ballot Question 1, an initiative that would guarantee safe nurse staffing levels (also known as safe patient limits) in order to ensure that all patients receive the care that they need.  As au... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 15, 2018

Published October 15th, 2018 -

Today, the Harvard Graduate Students Union – United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) will begin contract negotiations with the Harvard administration.  Graduate student workers at Harvard voted to form a union this past April.  In advance of negotiations, the uni... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10, 2018

Published October 10th, 2018 -

The nationwide Marriott workers’ strike enters its second week today, with hotel workers in eight major U.S. cities demanding higher wages, job security, and improved workplace safety protections. Nearly 8,000 workers, including housekeepers, bellhops, bartend... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 14, 2018

Published August 14th, 2018 -

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter on Monday that the White House required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, which his aides have declined to confirm for months. Although legal experts say such agreements are essentially unenforceable for government... More »

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 »

Weekend News and Commentary — July 22, 2018

Published July 22nd, 2018 -

800 adjunct and non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at Fordham University reached their first contract with the university earlier this week. Fordham NTT faculty — represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — won 67%-90% raises for ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 14–15, 2018

Published July 15th, 2018 -

The Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act when it prohibited employees from wearing  “fight for 15” buttons at work.  Amanda Healey wore a quarter-sized button in April of 2015, and a co... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2018

Published July 9th, 2018 -

Professor Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan writes in the New York Times about a new economics study that shows the key role that unions have played in reducing inequality in the United States. In addition to improving their own members’ wages and b... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 5–6, 2018

Published May 6th, 2018 -

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan is retiring in June, but continues to escalate worksite enforcement efforts. Homan appears to be delivering on his promise last fall to oversee a four or fivefold rise in rates of workplace immi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 4, 2018

Published May 4th, 2018 -

Arizona public school teachers have reached an agreement with the state government to end their weeklong strike after the Governor signed a new education funding bill into law.  Under the new legislation, certified teachers will receive a 20% raise by 2020, in... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 9, 2017

Published November 9th, 2017 -

Labor groups from around the world met at the Ford Foundation in New York to launch an effort to help workers worldwide. Groups like the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Minneapolis-based Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha attended the ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 4-5, 2017

Published November 5th, 2017 -

1800 workers in New York City are in their eighth month striking against Charter Communications.  After Charter bought Time Warner Cable in May 2016, Charter sought to substitute its standard contract for the collective bargaining agreement between Time Warner... More »