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March 3rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 2-3, 2019

Published March 3rd, 2019 -

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that representatives of the Oakland Education Association and Oakland Unified School District officials have reached a tentative agreement to end the seven-day-long teachers’ strike.  Under the terms of the proposed contract... More »

February 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—February 19, 2019

Published February 19th, 2019 -

West Virginia teachers are set to go on another statewide strike on Tuesday, almost exactly a year after their first walkout ignited a labor movement among educators across the country.  The West Virginia branch of the American Federation of Teachers called th... More »

February 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 16-17, 2019

Published February 17th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Illinois state lawmakers passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The $15 minimum wage was a campaign staple and top legislative priority for Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker, who announced in a statement t... More »

January 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 24, 2019

Published January 24th, 2019 -

The unions that represents American air traffic controllers issued a statement yesterday warning of the dire effects of the ongoing government shutdown. Air traffic controllers have been working without pay for over a month and will miss their second paycheck ... More »

January 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 3, 2019

Published January 3rd, 2019 -

On Monday the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing federal government workers, filed a wage-and-hour suit against the Trump administration over the government shutdown that started on December 22.  The complaint al... More »

October 26th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 26, 2018

Published October 26th, 2018 -

While the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief to the Supreme Court this week arguing that Title VII’s workplace discrimination protections do not extend explicitly to transgender or transitioning workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Acti... More »

 

This Labor Day, A Clean Slate for Reform

Published September 3rd, 2018 - and

As divided as we have become as a country, we arrive at this Labor Day with a shared national understanding: both economic and political power are wildly out of balance, with dire consequences for the vast majority of Americans who find themselves on the losin... More »

July 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 9, 2018

Published July 9th, 2018 -

Professor Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan writes in the New York Times about a new economics study that shows the key role that unions have played in reducing inequality in the United States. In addition to improving their own members’ wages and b... 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 »

March 29th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 29, 2018

Published March 29th, 2018 -

Campus and local labor unions released a statement in support of the graduate student unionization effort at Harvard University, reports The Crimson. The statement urging graduate students to vote in favor of unionization comes a few weeks before the election,... More »

March 27th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2018

Published March 27th, 2018 -

“Technical education struggles to gain funding traction,” Rafael Bernal writes at The Hill.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have received attention in light of concerns about the “skills gap” in the U.S. economy (which we... More »