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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 »

April 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2018

Published April 19th, 2018 -

Harvard University graduate students began voting Wednesday on whether to unionize, following the successful unionization efforts at Columbia University, New York University, and other schools. This is the second union election in a years-long effort to unioni... More »

April 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »

February 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

 

Janus Amicus: Economists & Law Professors

Published January 30th, 2018 -

A group of over two dozen economists and law and economics professors filed an amicus in Janus in support of the respondents.  The brief argues that “decades if not centuries of economic theory and empirical evidence” establish that many who pay ag... More »