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April 12th, 2019

News & Commentary—April 12, 2019

Published April 12th, 2019 -

Uber acknowledged Thursday in a filing for its initial public offering that classifying its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, would require a fundamental shift in the ride-hailing app’s business model.  Uber currently classifies its dr... More »

March 3rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 2-3, 2019

Published March 3rd, 2019 -

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that representatives of the Oakland Education Association and Oakland Unified School District officials have reached a tentative agreement to end the seven-day-long teachers’ strike.  Under the terms of the proposed contract... More »

February 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2019

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Google is ending forced arbitration for all current and former employees, a policy that will go into effect on March 21.  This change comes after months of advocacy efforts from employees, who staged a 20,000 employee walk out in November and took to Twitter a... More »

January 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 15, 2019

Published January 15th, 2019 -

More than 32,000 teachers in Los Angeles went on strike yesterday asking for higher pay, smaller class sizes, and schools fully staffed with nurses, counselors, and librarians. After negotiations stalled between the school district and the teachers’ unio... More »

September 11th, 2018

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 »

August 30th, 2018

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 »

May 10th, 2018

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 »

April 29th, 2018

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 »

April 26th, 2018

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 »

April 24th, 2018

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 »