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Weekend News & Commentary—November 3, 2019

Published November 3rd, 2019 -

On Friday, UAW leadership voted to recommend ratification of a proposed contract agreement with Ford. The proposed agreement, finalized on Wednesday, would provide union workers with pay increases and lump-sum payouts, hold employee health-care contributions a... More »

October 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— October 27, 2019

Published October 27th, 2019 -

The 40-day UAW strike came to an end of Friday, as workers approved a 4-year deal by 57.2%. The contract includes major wins for workers. In addition to promised raises and performance bonuses, it remedies the long-criticized “two-tier” system. The contract la... More »

October 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 25, 2019

Published October 25th, 2019 -

Happy Friday! I’ll start by highlighting two labor and employment writing competitions for law students that are now accepting submissions. First, the Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law is accepting papers for the annual Louis J... More »

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 »

October 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 16, 2019

Published October 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday’s Democratic debate featured the 12 remaining candidates onstage in Ohio, debating topics from impeachment to income inequality.  Some labor-related highlights included Sen. Elizabeth Warren arguing that it needs to be easier for workers to join a un... More »

October 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – October 15th, 2019

Published October 15th, 2019 -

Yesterday, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied and marched in downtown Chicago. Taking advantage of yesterday’s school holiday, the marchers hoped to rally public support for the nearly 35,00... More »

October 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— Oct 11th, 2019

Published October 11th, 2019 -

UAW workers are still striking for better wages, job security, and working conditions at GM. As the 49,000 workers continue their efforts, union leadership met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday at GM’s Detroit headquarters. While the meeting did not produce ... More »

October 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 9, 2019

Published October 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported on a new study of American tax burdens by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabrieal Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley. The study analyzes the “effective” tax rates paid by Americans since the 196... More »

October 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 7, 2019

Published October 7th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases that turn on whether Title VII’s protections against sex discrimination extend to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In anticipation of the argument, NBC News published the stories of transgender emp... More »

October 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2019

Published October 1st, 2019 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that a feedback solicitation program at T-Mobile is not a “labor organization” within the meaning of Section 2(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In 2015, T-Mobile created a program ca... More »

September 29th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — September 29, 2019

Published September 29th, 2019 -

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike, which will likely be scheduled for mid-October.  The union’s latest contract expired in June.   In three months of contract negotiations, the union and the city have failed to reach an agreement on pa... More »

September 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 27, 2019

Published September 27th, 2019 -

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be labor secretary. The vote was 53-44 along party lines. Scalia received support from 13 former career officials with the Labor Department, who wrote in a letter to lawmakers that Scalia was “very supportive ... More »