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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 »

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 »

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 »