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Weekend News & Commentary — May 19–20, 2018

Published May 20th, 2018 -

Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act in March of 2017, but Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) will not receive a unionization revote, an independent arbitrator ruled last week.  In an email sent twenty-four hours prior to the elect... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 13, 2018

Published May 13th, 2018 -

The Ninth Circuit struck down on Friday a Seattle ordinance that purported to give Lyft and Uber drivers the right to unionize. The panel said that Washington had not authorized the law specifically enough, but upheld the trial court’s ruling that Seattl... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — May 3, 2018

Published May 3rd, 2018 -

The New York Times reported on a 2013 trip to Costa Rica by the Washington NFL team, where cheerleaders were forced into uncomfortable sexual situations with male sponsors. According to the report, the team invited sponsors to attend a photo shoot where the wo... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 29, 2018

Published April 29th, 2018 -

On Friday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state legislature had reached a deal to raise teachers’ pay 20 percent by 2020 and to restore public education funding that has been cut since the last recession.  Arizona teachers, who have been on str... More »

Todays News & Commentary — April 25, 2018

Published April 25th, 2018 -

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced a groundbreaking job guarantee plan this week. Sanders’ plan would guarantee a job paying $15 an hour to any American “who wants or needs one,” by funding large-scale public works projects aimed at national needs like i... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 20, 2018

Published April 20th, 2018 -

Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler announced a groundbreaking bill in the California legislature to end the use of forced arbitration to cover up workplace sexual harassment. AB-3080 would prohibit employers from requiring workers or prospective employees to sign... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2018

Published April 16th, 2018 -

Teachers’ union leaders in Oklahoma have ended their nine-day teachers’ strike which began on April 2nd.  In anticipation of the strike, state lawmakers had passed a $6,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers, the largest in the state’s history.  In addition to pa... 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 »

Weekend News & Commentary — March 24-25, 2018

Published March 25th, 2018 -

Earlier this week, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. government to consider enacting tariffs against China and to publish a proposed list of the goods that will be subject to protective tariffs within 15 days.  There will be a... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 7, 2018

Published February 7th, 2018 -

The Boston Globe reports that a group of 500 airport workers at Logan Airport are preparing to strike this afternoon.  Employed by ReadyJet and Flight Services & Systems, these baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and skycaps, have auth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 30, 2018

Published January 30th, 2018 -

In the wake of many, serious allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn, casino worker Brittany Bronson uses a New York Times op-ed to shine a bright light on wealth inequality and sexual abuse at work.  Bronson analogizes the confidentiality required in a hi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 8, 2018

Published January 8th, 2018 -

The Boston Globe reports that employers struggling with the tight labor market are seeking out candidates that they may not have previously considered.  For example, Shake Shack is hiring workers who speak little English; Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is pl... More »