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May 12th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 11-12, 2019

Published May 12th, 2019 -

Staffers on Julián Castro’s presidential campaign have chosen to unionize, unanimously selecting the Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) as their representative.  The campaign voluntarily recognized the union, in accord with a neutrality agreement it had previously e... More »

April 14th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 13-14, 2019

Published April 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) instructed its 15,000 members to fire their agents or face penalties, after talks between the union, which consists of movie and television writers, and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), the group representin... More »

March 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2019

Published March 27th, 2019 -

A group of labor unions on Tuesday secured a temporary injunction blocking portions of the lame-duck laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed to limit the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul following the election victories of the two Democr... More »

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 »