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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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 11, 2017

Published December 11th, 2017 -

In the new tax plan, “the amount you make may be less important than how you make it,” reports the New York Times.  Both the House and Senate bills link tax rates to characteristics such as “ownership, day-to-day level of involvement, organiz... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 8, 2017

Published December 8th, 2017 -

On Capitol Hill yesterday, Senator Al Franken resigned after allegations that he had sexually harassed several women.  Meanwhile, the House Administration Committee held hearings in which it heard from employment law experts as it develops plans to reform how ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 4-5, 2017

Published November 5th, 2017 -

1800 workers in New York City are in their eighth month striking against Charter Communications.  After Charter bought Time Warner Cable in May 2016, Charter sought to substitute its standard contract for the collective bargaining agreement between Time Warner... More »

NFL Anthem Protests Highlight Another Flaw in Labor Law

Published October 20th, 2017 -

While I agree with Ben that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones violated the National Labor Relations Act when he threatened to bench players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, if the facts were slightly different the players would face a much starker c... More »

Daily News & Commentary—October 17, 2017

Published October 17th, 2017 -

In an interesting take, Austin Frakt at the New York Times, discusses how a healthy economy can shorten life spans—at least in the short term.  According to Frakt, this counterintuitive finding (counterintuitive because economic growth promotes higher li... More »

Unity and the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike

Published October 3rd, 2017 -

This past weekend saw a continuation of the remarkable show of solidarity amongst players in the National Football League.  Prior to Donald Trump’s denouncing of former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, only a handful of players had joined Kaepernick... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »