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Today’s News & Commentary – March 27, 2020

Published March 27th, 2020 -

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a $2 trillion dollar spending package that would assist millions of American households. The House is expected to follow suit today. The relatively fast deliberation and unanimous vote in a typically fractured Senate ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 24, 2020

Published March 24th, 2020 -

Uber is using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to persuade the federal government to adopt its position that its drivers are not employees under labor and employment law. In a letter sent to President Trump and other political leaders, Uber CEO Dana Khosrowshahi r... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2020

Published March 5th, 2020 -

France’s high court has ruled that Uber drivers are properly classified as employees.  The court’s opinion described drivers’ relationship to the ride-share platform as one of “subordination,” because drivers do not build their own clientele or set prices.  Th... More »

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Clean Slate for Worker Power, Through a Canadian Lens

Published February 12th, 2020 -

A new report from Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program entitled Clean Slate for Worker Power lays out a series of ambitious reforms that would help guide U.S. labor law into the 21st century with worker empowerment as a driving policy objective.  Fo... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 11, 2020

Published February 11th, 2020 -

In a budget request released yesterday, the Trump Administration proposed to slash Department of Labor spending by 11% in fiscal year 2021. The National Labor Relations Board’s budget would be reduced by 10% and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s bu... More »

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Weekend News & Commentary — February 8-9, 2020

Published February 9th, 2020 -

Yesterday John Myers at the Los Angeles Times profiled Lorena Gonzalez, the tenacious California assembly member behind AB5.  The profile follows an almost-certain court victory for the pioneering law, which is aimed at curbing misclassification of workers in ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Feb. 6, 2020

Published February 6th, 2020 -

Child care workers in California have called for a union election.  The election is part of a sixteen-year organizing effort by Child Care Providers United, a joint initiative from the SEIU and AFSCME.  Workers who provide child care services to California fam... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 22, 2020

Published January 22nd, 2020 -

In an effort to reach young people interested in careers in security, policing, or the military, the U.S. Border Patrol continues to offer a program for 14-to-20-year-olds called Border Patrol Explorers that has been in existence since 1984. For $25 plus the c... More »

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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 »