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Today’s News & Commentary — November 4, 2019

Published November 4th, 2019 -

In the aftermath of the Chicago teachers’ strike, which ended on October 31, students and teachers are struggling to catch up on missing work. Some high school seniors who were unable to take the SAT during the strike have now missed early admission dead... More »

October 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — October 21, 2019

Published October 21st, 2019 -

A girls’ high school soccer team in Burlington, Vermont made waves on Friday when they took off their uniform jerseys mid-game to reveal white T-shirts bearing the message “#EQUALPAY.” The crowd chanted “equal pay” in response—many wearing the #EQUALPAY jersey... More »

October 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — Oct 3rd, 2019

Published October 3rd, 2019 -

The New York Times published a piece this week reviewing the re-emergence of a conversation about compensating unpaid domestic labor. While showcasing certain policy proposals by campaigning Democratic candidates, it traces the roots of these ideas to both the... More »

September 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 23, 2019

Published September 23rd, 2019 -

The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors continued this weekend (please see our previous coverage). Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the picket line on Sunday at an assembly plant in Detroit. Also on Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to... More »

September 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary— September 6, 2019

Published September 6th, 2019 -

The Department of Labor released August job numbers today to mixed response. The report showed that the economy added 130,000 jobs in August, lower than the Reuters projection of closer to 158,000. The report also revised previous-months’ findings by 20,000. T... More »

August 30th, 2019

News & Commentary— August 30th, 2019

Published August 30th, 2019 -

It has been a busy month for the NLRB. In a 3-1 party-line decision on Thursday, the board upheld an agency judge’s ruling that misclassifying workers as independent contractors does not violate federal labor law. The ruling rested on the conclusion that miscl... More »

August 18th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 18, 2019

Published August 18th, 2019 -

This week, Politico reported on tensions between the Trump administration and the once-supportive building trades unions, after revelations about a Labor Department proposal to push forward an industry-led “apprenticeship program” have proven controversial. Th... More »

August 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2019

Published August 8th, 2019 -

A Walmart corporate employee called for a worker walkout in protest of the retailer’s position regarding the sale of guns.  Earlier this week, Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old employee of Walmart’s e-commerce workforce, urged Walmart employees to call in sick on... 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 »

April 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2019

Published April 5th, 2019 -

ICE conducted its largest workplace raid in over a decade this week, arresting over 280 employees of CVE Technology Group in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.  The arrested individuals are predominantly women from countries including El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Ni... More »

March 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2019

Published March 5th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Monday that the Trump administration illegally prevented the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from collecting more robust pay data from employers.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan found that the Office of... More »