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Today’s News & Commentary—March 8, 2020

Published March 8th, 2020 -

Working class life is killing Americans, according to The New York Times. For example, the overall death rate for non-Hispanic whites without college degrees aged 45-54 has increased dramatically since the 1990’s, driven in part by a near doubling in the rate ... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — March 3, 2020

Published March 3rd, 2020 -

Over the weekend, Jeremy Brecher wrote for Common Dreams about Minneapolis janitorial workers who engaged in a one-day walkout last Thursday. The janitorial workers are part of Service Employees International Union Local 26 and are employed by a range of diffe... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — February 24, 2020

Published February 24th, 2020 -

The New York Times interviewed members of the Culinary Union Local 226 in Nevada with differing views on Senator Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” plan. As Jacob highlighted yesterday, the Culinary Union has criticized Sanders’s Medicare for All proposal on ... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2020

Published February 18th, 2020 -

Safeway workers in northern California are threatening to go on strike. Last week, the union representing the roughly 14,000 Safeway workers in the state cancelled its contract with the company after over a year of attempting to negotiate an extension. United ... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — January 23, 2019

Published January 23rd, 2020 -

OnLabor’s own Ben Sachs and Sharon Block have launched their recommendations for building a new labor law.  As Sharon and Ben explain in a Newsweek op-ed, the recommendations are the culmination of the Clean Slate for Worker Power project, a multi-year collabo... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — January 13, 2020

Published January 13th, 2020 -

On Sunday, the Department of Labor announced a final rule for its updated regulations on joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule relies on a four-factor balancing test to determine joint employer status, considering “wheth... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — December 20, 2019

Published December 20th, 2019 -

On Thursday, the Writers Guild of America (East) filed an unfair labor practice charge against Hearst Magazines. In a November meeting, Hearst invited every employee it deemed to be a supervisor and told them that they could not legally sign a union card. Hear... More »


Today’s News & Commentary — December 17, 2019

Published December 17th, 2019 -

This week, thousands of therapists, psychologists, and social workers are picketing Kaiser Permanente medical centers throughout California. Kaiser’s contract with the National Union of Healthcare Workers expired in September 2018 and the two sides are still i... More »


Weekend News & Commentary — December 15, 2019

Published December 15th, 2019 -

Presidential candidates are planning to boycott the upcoming Democratic debate if an ongoing labor dispute at Loyola Marymount University is not resolved.  Food service workers at Loyola Marymount, which is scheduled to host the debate, have been in negotiatio... More »


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 »


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 »