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October 20th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — October 19-20, 2019

Published October 20th, 2019 -

At The New York Times, Noam Scheiber asks why there are so many workers on strike despite signs of a robust economy.  He then explains that it is precisely because the economy is strong that employees are now fighting for their fair share of corporate profits ... More »

September 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 5, 2019

Published September 5th, 2019 -

The observance of Labor Day earlier this week has inspired a bumper crop of commentary on the history, present, and future of the American worker.  In the New York Times, Noam Scheiber examines the relationship between established unions and grassroots labor a... More »

July 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 22, 2019

Published July 22nd, 2019 -

The Trump Administration’s Office of Personnel Management has proposed a new rule that would enable federal workers to drop their union membership at any time after their first year.  As Heather Gies explains for In These Times, “A rolling opt-out rule would m... More »

June 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 10, 2019

Published June 10th, 2019 -

Graduate student workers at the University of Chicago held a three day strike last week to pressure the university to recognize and bargain with their union, Graduate Students United.  As previously reported in OnLabor, UChicago student workers voted to unioni... More »

May 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 17, 2019

Published May 17th, 2019 -

Both houses of Mexico’s legislature passed a domestic workers’ rights bill, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is expected to sign into law.  The bill extends Mexico’s minimum wages and benefits — including social security, healthcare, and mater... More »

April 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 29, 2019

Published April 29th, 2019 -

Unionized attorneys and other staff at CAMBA Legal Services — a Brooklyn-based legal aid organization — are entering the third week of their strike for a fair contract.  The workers are calling for paid leave for all parents as well as fair pay for... More »

March 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 4, 2019

Published March 4th, 2019 -

Oakland teachers voted to ratify their union’s tentative agreement with the school district, thus ending their strike.  As reported yesterday in OnLabor, the Oakland Education Association – Oakland Unified School District contract includes an 11% raise o... More »

February 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2019

Published February 18th, 2019 -

Since late January, tens of thousands of unionized and non-unionized workers in Matamoros, Mexico — a city which borders Brownsville, Texas — have gone out on strike.  Workers at maquiladoras (tax-advantaged factories), delivery drivers and others ... More »

February 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 4, 2019

Published February 4th, 2019 -

As sex workers around the country had warned, sex trafficking has spiked since the federal government enacted SESTA/FOSTA last year.  For instance, San Francisco police recorded a 170% increase in human trafficking reports in 2018.  Under the Stop Enabling Sex... More »

October 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

July 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2018

Published July 23rd, 2018 -

New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance and benefits.  The Board wrote that “credible evidence establishes that Uber exercises suffi... More »