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Today’s News & Commentary — September 11, 2018

Published September 11th, 2018 -

The New York Times reports that children fare better when their teachers are diverse. The majority of U.S. teachers are white women—77% of teachers are women, and 80% are white—but research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when at least one teache... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2018

Published September 7th, 2018 -

Jobs don’t fall prey to higher minimum wages, according to researchers at U.C. Berkeley. Completing the first comprehensive empirical study of its kind, Sylvia Allegretto, Anna Godoey, Carl Nadler, and Michael Reich analyzed the impact of incremental wage incr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 30, 2018

Published August 30th, 2018 -

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans’ support for labor unions continues to remain high at 62 percent approval.  This year’s level of support is the highest since 2003, when 65 percent of Americans approved of organized labor, and is on par with last year’s ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 10, 2018

Published May 10th, 2018 -

Yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Mark Pocan introduced a revamped Workplace Democracy Act (WDA), a bill that builds on past efforts at labor law reform such as the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and previous iterations of the WDA.  Like EFC... More »

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Teachers’ Strikes: An Explainer

Published May 8th, 2018 -

For the past couple months, teachers’ strikes have featured prominently in national headlines.  The first of these high-profile strikes began on February 22, 2018 when teachers across the state went out on strike.  The strike, which protested low pay and high ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 29, 2018

Published April 29th, 2018 -

On Friday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state legislature had reached a deal to raise teachers’ pay 20 percent by 2020 and to restore public education funding that has been cut since the last recession.  Arizona teachers, who have been on str... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 26, 2018

Published April 26th, 2018 -

The Arizona teachers strike begins today.  As we previously reported, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey already promised a 20 percent wage increase for teachers by 2020, but his proposal depends on an optimistic economic forecast in future years as he seeks to avoid... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 24, 2018

Published April 24th, 2018 -

“Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class” was the front page headline of the New York Times yesterday.  The Times reported that the “steady erosion of the public sector” has contributed to the decline of the middle class in recent decades... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2018

Published March 15th, 2018 -

“Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his edge in Pennsylvania,” says a New York Times analysis of last night’s special election.  A Politico analysis also noted Lamb’s strong support from unions, ... More »

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 »