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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 »

Daily News & Commentary—July 18, 2017

Published July 18th, 2017 -

Tufts Medical Center nurses returned to work yesterday, ending a four-day lockout.  As we recapped this weekend, the Massachusetts Nurses Association struck last Wednesday in the midst of a contract dispute.  Tufts hired replacement nurses, whose five-day cont... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 13, 2017

Published July 13th, 2017 -

The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday that employees at a Nissan plant in Mississippi have filed a petition for a union election.  The New York Times reports that the U.A.W. has been working to unionize the plant since 2012 and criticized, in a statement, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 2, 2017

Published June 2nd, 2017 -

British Airways’ cabin crew have announced they will hold a four-day strike later this month. This strike comes on the heels of an IT meltdown prompting the airline to strand 75,000 passengers at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick. The crew is striking over inferio... More »

Expanding the Workers’ Bill of Rights

Published May 31st, 2017 -

I recently proposed a Workers’ Bill of Rights, and invited others to respond with suggestions for other rights that should be included.  I did receive some helpful comments, and in response I would propose adding three additional rights to the ones I had previ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 26, 2017

Published May 26th, 2017 -

Maryland’s governor vetoed a paid sick leave bill yesterday, saying the measure would be  “disastrous to our state’s economy.”  The bill would have required employers with over 15 workers to provide at least five days of paid sick leave.  The bill, which garne... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 20-21, 2017

Published May 21st, 2017 -

Updating our coverage yesterday, more than 35,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are striking this weekend after the union and AT&T failed to agree to a new long-term contact by the union’s Friday afternoon deadline.  The walk... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2017

Published May 3rd, 2017 -

Hollywood writers have achieved victory.  As the New York Times reports, the Writers Guild of America reached a “middle-of-the night deal” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that bargains on behalf of studios.  ... More »