Today’s News and Commentary — July 1

Published July 1st, 2014 -  - 07.01.142


Commentators continue to weigh the impact and scope of Harris v. Quinn. At OnLabor, Prof. Jack Goldsmith discusses the case here, and Prof. Ben Sachs discusses the case here. Elsewhere, commentary and symposia on Harris are available at the L.A. Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the Cato Institute, and SCOTUSblog.

The New York Times reports that President Obama will use his executive power “to make potentially sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration system without Congress, acknowledging the death of his more than yearlong effort to enact compromise legislation granting legal status to 11 million immigrants here illegally.” The L.A. Times reports that the President will use executive orders to extend temporary legal status “to a significant number of the people who would have qualified under the reform bill that passed the Senate a year ago.”

The L.A. Times reports that Hollywood’s largest union – the SAG-AFTRA – and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to a 24-hour extension of current film and TV contracts, which were set to expire on June 30. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority remains deadlocked with Long Island Rail Road unions. An LIRR strike, which could begin as soon as July 20, would impact tens of thousands of commuters.

The New York Times discusses an alarming report released Monday by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Pensions in multiemployer plans – where many companies band together with a union to provide benefits under collective bargaining – were long considered “exceptionally safe.” Now, however, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reports that some plans are “in their death throes and cannot recover.” Without assistance, the report predicted the federal pension insurance program “is more likely than not to run out of money within the next eight years.”

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