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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »