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UAW Loss at Nissan

Published August 7th, 2017 -

Workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi voted “overwhelmingly” against representation by the United Auto Workers last week.  The loss marks a very disappointing outcome to a years-long organizing drive by the UAW and yet another set back for the lab... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2017

Published August 4th, 2017 -

This week, President Trump endorsed legislation that would halve legal immigration to the United States in the next decade, by drastically reducing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties. Although the number admitted based on jobs skills woul... More »

Pope Francis’ Union Message

Published July 8th, 2017 -

Pope Francis delivered an address to the Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy (CISL), and his message is a compelling one.  It can be read in its entirety here.  For me, there were at least four important points. We should not think about labor without under... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 23, 2017

Published June 23rd, 2017 -

On Tuesday, President Trump nominated Marvin Kaplan to the NLRB. Kaplan is a former lawyer for the Republicans on the House education and oversight committees. The NLRB now has a Republican majority, and Kaplan’s confirmation could lead to the reversal of a nu... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — May 25, 2017

Published May 25th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has taken formal steps towards repealing the ‘persuader rule,’ a regulation that has been in full effect for less than a year.  As we summarized last May, the persuader rule was the Obama Department of Labor’s attempt to plug a loophole... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2017

Published May 23rd, 2017 -

Companies in Utah are struggling to find workers to fill job openings thereby slowing economic growth. While companies are eager to hire more workers to meet increased demand, Utah’s unemployment rate of 3.1% means there are relatively few workers looking for ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2017

Published April 25th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court will soon be presented with the opportunity to decide whether unions can constitutionally charge non-members “fair share” fees.  According to Bloomberg BNA, “the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation intends by the... More »

Today's News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2017

Published April 11th, 2017 -

Minors in Texas may soon need parental approval to join a labor union.  According to the Texas Tribune, “minors in the state may be required to obtain parental approval before they can join a labor union under a proposal the Texas Senate tentatively appr... More »

The Union Household Vote Revisited

Published April 11th, 2017 -

Jake Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington University-St. Louis and an OnLabor Senior Contributor.  Patrick Denice is a postdoctoral researcher in the sociology department at Washington University in St. Louis.  He received his Ph.D. in s... More »