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October 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10, 2019

Published October 10th, 2019 -

Yesterday The New York Times spotlighted a post-Janus battle in Alaska over public sector union membership.  While Alaska has traditionally been friendly union territory, Governor Mike Dunleavy, a conservative Republican who took office late last year, has sho... More »

September 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2019

Published September 19th, 2019 -

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 5 into law.  The statute, which we have covered extensively, will require companies to classify workers as employees, rather than contractors, if those workers perform duties that fall within the company’s usual c... More »

September 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 12, 2019

Published September 12th, 2019 -

In response to the California legislature’s passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a bill that largely codifies the California Supreme Court’s decision last year in Dynamex Operations West, Uber is claiming that it will continue to classify its workers as independe... More »

August 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2019

Published August 27th, 2019 -

Canvassers at the Fund for the Public Interest, a fundraising group affiliated with progressive organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, and Planned Parenthood, have accused management of interfering with their attempt to unionize.... More »

July 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary —July 21, 2019

Published July 21st, 2019 -

Last week, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann authored an op-ed for CNN arguing for a hybrid-method to “empower gig workers” without undermining the purported “flexibility” that many gig companies tout as justification for gig workers’ exemption from traditional la... More »

July 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – July 18, 2019

Published July 18th, 2019 -

House Democrats are expected to pass the Raise the Wage Act today after overcoming opposition from within party ranks.  The bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  Once the minimum ... More »

July 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 1, 2019

Published July 1st, 2019 -

The New York Times spotlighted a conflict within the labor movement over how unions should secure greater rights for Uber and Lyft drivers. S.E.I.U. has been meeting with Uber and Lyft to discuss the companies’ proposal to maintain the drivers’ status as indep... More »

June 23rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— June 23, 2019

Published June 23rd, 2019 -

  Southern California grocery store workers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135, plan to vote Monday on whether to authorize a strike against several SoCal grocery chains due to stalling contract negotiations. The union... More »

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The Uber/Lyft “Workers’ Association” Debate

Published June 19th, 2019 -

Over at Law and Political Economy, Veena Dubal writes an important piece that raises concerns about Uber and Lyft’s suggestion that drivers in California form a “workers’ association.” Dubal worries that such an association would amount... More »

June 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 13, 2019

Published June 13th, 2019 -

Nevada has enacted a slew of new laws aimed at protecting workers.  Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak signed a measure allowing state employees to engage in collective bargaining.  Although the state will retain final say on some key bargaining subjects – incl... More »