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January 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 3, 2019

Published January 3rd, 2019 -

On Monday the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing federal government workers, filed a wage-and-hour suit against the Trump administration over the government shutdown that started on December 22.  The complaint al... More »

December 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 19th, 2018 -

In wage and Auer news, Bloomberg reports that a potential Supreme Court ruling upending “Auer deference” could magnify judicial oversight of federal agencies enforcing labor and employment law.  Named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Auer v. Robbins and d... More »

October 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »

October 15th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »

October 10th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

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 »

August 14th, 2018

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 »

July 27th, 2018

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 »

July 22nd, 2018

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 »

July 9th, 2018

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 »

May 6th, 2018

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 »

May 4th, 2018

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 »