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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 »

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 »

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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2018

Published March 15th, 2018 -

“Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his edge in Pennsylvania,” says a New York Times analysis of last night’s special election.  A Politico analysis also noted Lamb’s strong support from unions, ... More »

Coverage After the Janus Oral Argument

Published February 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Monday in Janus.  Analyses report that, as expected, there were pointed questions for AFSCME and Illinois by Justices Alito and Kennedy; the four liberal justices took every opportunity to highlight the potential effect... More »

Janus Oral Argument Transcript

Published February 26th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of this morning’s oral argument in Janus.  Notably, Justice Gorsuch, expected to be the deciding vote, did not speak during the argument.  We’ll have more coverage of the oral argument later this week. More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2018

Published February 22nd, 2018 -

President Trump met with leaders from the country’s largest labor unions yesterday to discuss plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the administration is trying to gain support from labor unions whi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 1, 2018

Published February 1st, 2018 -

This Bloomberg Law article explains that the Department of Labor, which recently introduced a tip pooling proposal, deleted an internal analysis showing that the new proposal could cost workers billions of dollars. Under the new plan, workers who earn tips cou... More »

Bonuses versus Bargaining

Published February 1st, 2018 -

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 chopped off a big piece of the federal corporate tax rate, dropping it from 35 to 21 percent.  That sizeable chunk of change will now move from the federal fisc to corporate treasuries across the country.  Democratic leaders h... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 24, 2018

Published January 24th, 2018 -

Slate’s editorial staff voted 45-7 to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East, the company’s organizing committee announced, reports Splinter. Slate’s bargaining unit includes all but six senior newsroom employees and six podcast staffers. ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 22, 2018

Published January 22nd, 2018 -

Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on January 19th asking Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to turn over copies of forms employers were required to file with the government. In 2017, for the first time, OSHA required compani... More »