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Today’s News & Commentary — December 12, 2019

Published December 12th, 2019 -

After months of bipartisan haggling, the House has passed one of the largest military-spending bills in history.  Included in the $738 billion-dollar package are a 3% pay increase for military servicemembers and twelve weeks of parental leave for all federal e... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 11, 2019

Published December 11th, 2019 -

Yesterday, Sejal wrote about how House Democrats and the Trump Administration are about to agree on a trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which the President views as a replacement for NAFTA. Bloomberg reports that while AFL-CIO Pres... More »

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Harvard Students Deserve a Fair Contract

Published December 4th, 2019 -

During my first year at Harvard Law School, a professor of mine won a prestigious academic award. The prize, he told us, was a research grant so large he didn’t know what to do with it. Did we have any suggestions? At the time, the law school was paying ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 2, 2019

Published December 2nd, 2019 -

Construction unions, including North America’s Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, are concerned that the Trump administration may apply its apprenticeship plan to the construction industry. President Trump wants to ease the shorta... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 28, 2019

Published November 28th, 2019 -

  Happy Thanksgiving! Here at OnLabor, we are thankful for the workers who grow our food, transport our loved ones, and do the innumerable other things that make our celebrations possible.  We are also thankful for an increasingly robust national conversa... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2019

Published November 27th, 2019 -

It’s a big news week for Amazon. First, the New York Times published a feature on the grassroots alliance developing against the company. Athena, a new coalition made up of three dozen grassroots groups, is trying to unify resistance to Amazon that is beginnin... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2019

Published November 14th, 2019 -

Janitors, cooks, operating room assistants, and other low-paid employees of the University of California medical system are on strike this week to protest the UC system’s reliance on outsourcing contracts.  The striking workers are members of AFSCME 3299, whic... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — Nov 10, 2019

Published November 10th, 2019 -

The “shoppers” who complete Instacart grocery delivery orders went on strike this week, alleging significant problems with the app’s structure that are familiar throughout the gig economy. As independent contractors, the shoppers are subject to unpredictable p... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2019

Published October 31st, 2019 -

Fifteen days into the Chicago Teachers Union strike (which we have covered elsewhere), delegates for the union say they have reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  The agreement includes a commitment to enforceable class size caps an... More »

October 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 21, 2019

Published October 21st, 2019 -

A girls’ high school soccer team in Burlington, Vermont made waves on Friday when they took off their uniform jerseys mid-game to reveal white T-shirts bearing the message “#EQUALPAY.” The crowd chanted “equal pay” in response—many wearing the #EQUALPAY jersey... More »

October 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – October 15th, 2019

Published October 15th, 2019 -

Yesterday, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied and marched in downtown Chicago. Taking advantage of yesterday’s school holiday, the marchers hoped to rally public support for the nearly 35,00... More »