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August 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2019

Published August 22nd, 2019 -

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) just released a sweeping new plan to strengthen American labor unions—and meet Sanders’ goal of doubling union membership during his first term in office. Sanders’ labor plan calls to end “at-will” employ... More »

August 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 21, 2019

Published August 21st, 2019 -

Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta was arrested in Fresno Tuesday during a protest in support of raising wages for home healthcare workers.  Huerta, who is eighty-nine, was arrested alongside seven others while demonstrating outside of a meeting of the Fr... More »

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Remembering Héctor Figueroa

Published July 23rd, 2019 -

Héctor Figueroa hired me into my first job in the labor movement. In 2000, he and a new leadership team began at SEIU Local 32BJ, the massive building services union centered in New York City. Héctor was initially the Secretary-Treasurer (essentially the third... More »

June 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 7, 2019

Published June 7th, 2019 -

National Nurses United (NNU) and Johns Hopkins Hospital have reached a settlement affirming nurses’ right to unionize without interference from their employer.  The hospital’s 3,200 nurses began their organizing campaign last spring; by June, they had filed ch... More »

June 2nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — June 1-2, 2019

Published June 2nd, 2019 -

Cai Shuang Chen, a delivery worker in New York, won $327,738 in a wage theft case in September 2017.  However, Chen is unable to collect this money under New York state law, as the restaurant he worked for changed its name and thus technically no longer exists... More »

May 31st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 31, 2019

Published May 31st, 2019 -

Yesterday, JPMorgan Chase announced a tentative settlement in a class-action case brought by a father who was denied the company’s 16 weeks of parental leave on the grounds that he was not the “primary caregiver.”  The company will pay $5 million into a fund t... More »

May 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 30, 2019

Published May 30th, 2019 -

The California Assembly has passed a bill that will make it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.  As Ryan wrote earlier this week, AB-5 codifies the “ABC test” introduced by the California Supreme Court in last year’... More »

May 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 27, 2019

Published May 27th, 2019 -

The Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that will prevent independent provider (IP) homecare workers paid by Medicaid from deducting union dues from their paychecks.  SEIU, which represents around 500,000 homecare workers across the countr... More »

May 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 17, 2019

Published May 17th, 2019 -

Both houses of Mexico’s legislature passed a domestic workers’ rights bill, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is expected to sign into law.  The bill extends Mexico’s minimum wages and benefits — including social security, healthcare, and mater... More »

April 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 1, 2019

Published April 1st, 2019 -

Adjunct faculty at Miami-Dade College (MDC) have voted to unionize with SEIU Florida; they will now constitute the largest adjunct faculty union in Florida and the “largest single-school adjunct collective bargaining unit in the country.”  Adjunct faculty are ... More »

March 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2019

Published March 18th, 2019 -

On Friday, a white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty people and injuring dozens more.  In the aftermath of the attack, Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of the mass shooting.  However, directly hired fa... More »