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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 »

February 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2019

Published February 18th, 2019 -

Since late January, tens of thousands of unionized and non-unionized workers in Matamoros, Mexico — a city which borders Brownsville, Texas — have gone out on strike.  Workers at maquiladoras (tax-advantaged factories), delivery drivers and others ... More »

February 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2019

Published February 15th, 2019 -

In response to pressure from unions, community groups, and progressive lawmakers, Amazon backed out of a deal under which it would have received $3 billion in public subsidies to open a corporate campus in Queens.  In a New York City Council meeting in late Ja... More »

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 — December 19, 2018

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 »