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Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2020

Published March 18th, 2020 -

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a plan for a $1 trillion stimulus, which would include $250 billion in direct checks to Americans by the end of April. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Republican senators that he envisioned direct payments co... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 12, 2020

Published March 12th, 2020 -

Democratic Senator of New Jersey, Bob Menedez, has called out U.S. firms for willfully overlooking the “horrific” labor conditions of companies in China’s Xinjiang region. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Menendez called upon the Commerce Departm... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2020

Published February 28th, 2020 -

Yesterday, a group of major unions filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) asking the F.T.C. to investigate Amazon. The petition highlights a range of Amazon business practices that have received scrutiny over the past few years for the imp... More »

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What Labor Law Teaches Us About Trump’s Defenses

Published December 20th, 2019 -

Two of the key talking points Republicans in the House of Representatives repeated endlessly in defense of Donald Trump were that Trump did not directly threaten Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the July 25th telephone call, and Zelensky later said... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — November 16-17, 2019

Published November 17th, 2019 -

Google announced on Friday that it would scale back its weekly all-hands-on-deck meetings. The weekly meetings, known as TGIF, allowed workers the opportunity to voice concerns about the company’s operation directly to executives. The meetings will now be held... More »

October 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 29, 2019

Published October 29th, 2019 -

Chicago Public School classes remain cancelled today as negotiations between the city and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) continue. The sides met for 16 hours yesterday, with talks extending into the early morning. As Tabatha noted yesterday, the city and mem... More »

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Trump’s Own NLRB May Doom His Re-election Chances

Published September 24th, 2019 -

In 2016, Donald Trump was able to win Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in part by promising that he would care about the needs of regular working people.  But as 2020 approaches, Trump’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board are making it much ... More »

May 14th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary—May 14, 2019

Published May 14th, 2019 -

Five states are suing the Trump administration to block a rule that would ban automatic deductions for union dues from the paychecks of home health workers paid for by Medicaid.  The attorneys general of California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... More »

May 5th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 4–5, 2019

Published May 5th, 2019 -

The NLRB granted a win to Volkswagen Friday when it ordered a stay on Chattanooga workers’ election to unionize.  This action arrived unexpectedly in a one-sentence no-reasoning opinion from NLRB Chairperson John Ring (R) and Member Marvin Kaplan (R).  NLRB Me... More »

 

Weekend News & Commentary — August 25–26, 2018

Published August 26th, 2018 -

On Saturday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a series of President Trump’s executive orders.  Jackson ruled that boosting federal agencies’ firing rights would deny collective bargaining rights for ... More »

May 14th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — May 14, 2018

Published May 14th, 2018 -

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launches today, as thousands of people will rally and engage in direct action at the US Capitol and state capitals across the country.   Inspired by Martin Luther King’s 1967-1968 campaign, the Poor... More »

 

Alternative Facts at the NLRB

Published March 28th, 2018 -

Peter Robb, the NLRB General Counsel appointed by President Trump, has a change agenda for the agency.  He recently took two actions that have garnered a great deal of attention among Board watchers.  His announcements regarding a significant reorganization of... More »