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Today’s News & Commentary—January 17, 2020

Published January 17th, 2020 -

Working-class candidates are making personal and financial sacrifices to run for office, despite campaign guidelines specifically intended to make it easier for them to quit their jobs and run. A 2002 Federal Election Commission rule permits candidates running... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 7, 2020

Published January 7th, 2020 -

Yesterday a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously concluded that the Board lacked jurisdiction over a labor dispute arising out of operations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Carriers at O’Hare contract with outs... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 6, 2020

Published January 6th, 2020 -

The average CEO of an S&P 500 company has already earned more since the start of 2020 than the average worker at that same company will earn all year. In a study analyzing Securities and Exchange Commission filings, the AFL-CIO union considered stock optio... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — January 5, 2020

Published January 5th, 2020 -

California’s controversial AB5 law came into effect on January 1, to fierce opposition from industry.  The law codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex test for classifying workers as employees, rather than independent contractors.  Last week, Uber and ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2019

Published December 19th, 2019 -

The Supreme Court has granted cert in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel, which it will hear as a consolidated case regarding the scope of the First Amendment “ministerial exception” for religious employers.  The cases... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 17, 2019

Published December 17th, 2019 -

This week, thousands of therapists, psychologists, and social workers are picketing Kaiser Permanente medical centers throughout California. Kaiser’s contract with the National Union of Healthcare Workers expired in September 2018 and the two sides are still i... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2019

Published December 5th, 2019 -

The Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule making it harder for states to waive requirements that certain SNAP benefits recipients work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive their food stamps.  While recipients are general... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2019

Published November 27th, 2019 -

It’s a big news week for Amazon. First, the New York Times published a feature on the grassroots alliance developing against the company. Athena, a new coalition made up of three dozen grassroots groups, is trying to unify resistance to Amazon that is beginnin... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — November 13, 2019

Published November 13th, 2019 -

A former McDonald’s employee is suing the company for its pervasive culture of sexual harassment. Plaintiff Jenna Ries alleges that she was frequently harassed by her manager while working at a McDonald’s in Mason, Michigan between 2017 and 2019. Ries told rep... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2019

Published October 31st, 2019 -

Fifteen days into the Chicago Teachers Union strike (which we have covered elsewhere), delegates for the union say they have reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  The agreement includes a commitment to enforceable class size caps an... More »

October 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 24, 2019

Published October 24th, 2019 -

The National Labor Relations Board plans to reconsider its successor bar doctrine in a case called American Water.  Under the doctrine, when a successor employer follows its legal obligation to recognize the previously chosen collective bargaining representati... More »

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 »