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September 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 17, 2019

Published September 17th, 2019 -

ProPublica reported yesterday about a potential conflict of interest facing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as they seek to revise the so-called “joint-employer rule” through agency rulemaking procedures. Last week, two Democrats on the House Committ... More »

August 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2019

Published August 29th, 2019 -

Today, Kamala Harris released her plan for Americans with disabilities. The plan promises to establish senior positions for persons with disabilities in the White House to allow for more input from the community on domestic and economic initiatives. Harris als... More »

August 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 28, 2019

Published August 28th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, union workers at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Louisville, KY, voted 99% to 1% to authorize a strike if Ford fails to negotiate a new four-year labor contract with the UAW before the existing contract expires on September 14. As Rachel reported in Ju... More »

July 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 17, 2019

Published July 17th, 2019 -

The UAW began negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements with Ford, Chrysler, and GM early this week.  After granting significant concessions during the recession, workers now seek a higher share of the companies’ record profits.  The UAW hopes to m... More »

May 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2019

Published May 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday the NLRB ruled against the UAW in its bid for a new election to represent both skilled production and maintenance employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In December 2015, the Board certified the UAW as the representative of onl... 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 »

April 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2019

Published April 18th, 2019 -

A taskforce charged with proposing reforms to combat workplace misconduct has chosen to leave open an important escape hatch for judges accused of sexual harassment or other misconduct: the opportunity to end an investigation by retiring. As a result, judges a... More »

March 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 22, 2019

Published March 22nd, 2019 -

President Trump erroneously blamed the United Auto Workers union for the closure of the Lordstown GM factory in Ohio, stating in a speech that “[t]hey could’ve kept that gorgeous plant . . . Lower your dues. Lower your dues.”  The plant’s closure—which was a d... More »

January 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2019

Published January 25th, 2019 -

This year Google employees have organized protests against the tech giant, taking aim at the company’s use of forced arbitration agreements and its work with the military.  Unsurprisingly the demonstrations were planned primarily over company email.  Though th... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — July 20, 2018

Published July 20th, 2018 -

For the discriminatory loss of early retirement benefits, the New York State Nurses Association has won a $20.8 million-dollar settlement from New York City.  The city repeatedly denied requests from the Assoc. to classify nursing as a “physically taxing” job,... 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 »

February 16th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 16, 2018

Published February 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a White House immigration proposal that would have increased border security, placed new limits on legal migration like family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, and provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.... More »