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Today’s News & Commentary — July 5, 2018

Published July 5th, 2018 -

This week, attorneys for Browning-Ferris Industries and the Teamsters union argued before a D.C. Circuit panel over whether the panel should continue to review the NLRB’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris.  In that case, the Board adopted a loosened “indirect c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 31, 2018

Published May 31st, 2018 -

The Economist yesterday questioned the wisdom of the NFL’s new national anthem policy and cited Professor Sachs’ recent piece arguing that the policy change was an illegal violation of federal labor law and possibly the First Amendment. The Economi... 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 — March 23, 2018

Published March 23rd, 2018 -

A policy rider in the spending bill passed last night bars employers from skimming workers’ tips.  As we noted earlier this week, Democrats sought the rider after controversy engulfed the Department of Labor’s effort to repeal an Obama Era tip regulation.  The... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2018

Published March 15th, 2018 -

“Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his edge in Pennsylvania,” says a New York Times analysis of last night’s special election.  A Politico analysis also noted Lamb’s strong support from unions, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—March 9, 2018

Published March 9th, 2018 -

Trump officially announced new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum yesterday, with industry workers standing on as he signed the proclamation.  As many have reported, the tariffs are billed as a measure to protect American manufacturing workers, but the ste... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – March 7, 2018

Published March 7th, 2018 -

Public school teachers in West Virginia ended their strike yesterday when the state Senate agreed to grant teachers a five percent raise and voted to ratify the pay raise 34-0.  Inspired by the actions in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have r... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2018

Published February 22nd, 2018 -

President Trump met with leaders from the country’s largest labor unions yesterday to discuss plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the administration is trying to gain support from labor unions whi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 8, 2018

Published February 8th, 2018 -

Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer reached a bipartisan agreement yesterday evening in the hopes of avoiding another government shutdown.  The deal would raise caps on military and domestic spending and is seen by some as a victory for both sides.  The... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 22, 2017

Published December 22nd, 2017 -

Airline and airport workers are organizing and striking this holiday season.  Earlier this week, the European budget airline Ryanair agreed to recognize cabin crew and pilot unions who were threatening a strike.  Now, Ryanair is under investigation by at least... More »