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Today’s News & Commentary — January 31, 2020

Published January 31st, 2020 -

American Airlines has reached a tentative contract with the unions that represent the company’s mechanics and fleet service workers. Negotiations over a contract had been going on for more than four years. The negotiations were characterized by periodic bouts ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—January 29, 2020

Published January 29th, 2020 -

In Virginia—the best state for business in 2019, according to CNBC—Democratic State legislatures are pushing to increase pay for workers. In November, 2019, Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in over two decades. Since then they... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 22, 2020

Published January 22nd, 2020 -

In an effort to reach young people interested in careers in security, policing, or the military, the U.S. Border Patrol continues to offer a program for 14-to-20-year-olds called Border Patrol Explorers that has been in existence since 1984. For $25 plus the c... More »

June 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 24, 2019

Published June 24th, 2019 -

Following a ten-month grassroots campaign led by the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA) and supported by over forty unions and community organizations, the Philadelphia City Council introduced a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights last Thursday.  If pass... More »

June 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 5, 2019

Published June 5th, 2019 -

The New York Times reports that approximately 11,000 airline catering workers will vote this month on whether to take a first step towards a labor stoppage. Airline catering workers are among the lowest-paid workers at airports. Many make minimum wage, or less... More »

April 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 29, 2019

Published April 29th, 2019 -

Unionized attorneys and other staff at CAMBA Legal Services — a Brooklyn-based legal aid organization — are entering the third week of their strike for a fair contract.  The workers are calling for paid leave for all parents as well as fair pay for... More »

April 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 1, 2019

Published April 1st, 2019 -

Adjunct faculty at Miami-Dade College (MDC) have voted to unionize with SEIU Florida; they will now constitute the largest adjunct faculty union in Florida and the “largest single-school adjunct collective bargaining unit in the country.”  Adjunct faculty are ... More »

March 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 9-10, 2019

Published March 10th, 2019 -

Labor activist and union organizer Nerexda Soto was arrested Wednesday when she met with Unite Here workers on site at the Hyatt-owned Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.  A small group of Unite Here Local 11 workers and supporters protested the arrest Friday.  Pro... More »

December 4th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 4th, 2018 -

Yesterday, striking hotel workers and Marriott reached a contract agreement to end San Francisco’s largest hotel strike in decades. The strike, which began nearly two months ago on October 4, affected seven San Francisco hotels operated by Marriott. Almo... More »

December 2nd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 2nd, 2018 -

The nation’s minimum wages are lower than the wages the nation’s voters would prefer, according to a Pew Research Center survey. While many workers across the nation have been celebrating recent victories for higher minimum wages, the average state resident pr... More »

November 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 20th, 2018 -

After years of refusing to recognize its graduate student union in contravention of federal labor law, Columbia University has finally agreed to bargain with the union in the coming months, its president and provost announced Monday afternoon. Columbia Univers... More »

November 18th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published November 18th, 2018 -

In Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Marriott have struck a deal, ending an historic 46-day strike.  Saturday afternoon the workers ratified the new contract in a 677-9 vote.  Terms remain undisclosed, but union representatives indicate that workers now have mor... More »