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July 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 10, 2019

Published July 10th, 2019 -

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t plan to impeach Labor Secretary Alex Acosta—even as Acosta faces widespread calls to resign over a plea deal he negotiated with Jeffrey Epstein, a powerful money manager accused of using his wealth and access to cover up his ... More »

April 7th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 6–7, 2019

Published April 7th, 2019 -

The March jobs report revealed that the U.S. added 196,000 jobs last month, exceeding forecasts and demonstrating recovery from February’s slowdown. The numbers in Friday’s monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate strong, sustainable economi... More »

December 14th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 14th, 2018 -

A restaurant workers’ organization is appealing a D.C. Superior Court’s order that blocked a referendum to raise D.C.’s sub-minimum base wage for tipped workers. In many states, including D.C., tipped workers like waiters, bartender, and manicurists can be pai... More »

October 14th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published October 14th, 2018 -

Sixty percent of Arkansas voters support a ballot initiative to raise the state minimum wage from $8.50 to $11 by 2021, on par with California and Massachusetts. The ballot initiative looks likely to pass, despite the state’s deep conservative politics, loud o... More »

October 1st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »

September 26th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2018

Published September 26th, 2018 -

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new law holding retail companies jointly liable for labor violations suffered by truckers who are directly managed by port trucking providers. The legislation follows growing awareness of rampant labor abuse in tru... More »

September 9th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

August 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2018

Published August 8th, 2018 -

In a hard-fought win for organized labor, Missouri voters repealed a so-called “right-to-work” law enacted last year by Missouri’s Republican state legislature and former Republican governor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The New York Times repor... More »

May 25th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 25, 2018

Published May 25th, 2018 -

A groundbreaking new study confirms that unions help fight economic inequality, finding that union density was a key driver of the “Great Compression,” a period from 1940 to 1980 in which income inequality in America was significantly less severe than today. T... More »

May 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2018

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

The Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, and Ernst & Young, LLP v. Morris continued to generate reactions on Tuesday.  David Leonhardt explained in The New York Times that the ruling makes Corporate America more powe... More »

October 2nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — October 2, 2017

Published October 2nd, 2017 -

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the consolidated cases of Murphy Oil USA, Epic Systems, and Ernst and Young today, David Freeman Engstrom penned an op-ed in the New York Times arguing for workplace class actions.  He noted that as union membership and re... More »