News & Commentary

September 10, 2014

Writing in the New Yorker, William Finnegan offers a detailed account of the movement to secure fair pay and the right to unionize for fast-food workers.  Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that in part owing to growing movement, consumer opinion of fast-food chains has dropped precipitously.  Still, fast-food employers have found support elsewhere: according to the Huffington Post, House Republicans held a hearing Tuesday criticizing the recent determination by the NLRB general counsel that McDonald’s is a joint employer with its franchisees for the purposes of federal labor law.

The Associated Press reports on Department of Labor figures that may provide evidence that “the job market is slowly healing.”  The number of job openings remained near its 13-year peak, while total hiring increased to its highest level since the start of the Great Recession nearly seven years ago.

The Hill reports that in the wake of a “contentious confirmation hearing,” Senate Democrats have rallied behind Sharon Block, the former NLRB member whose appointment was invalidated by the Supreme Court’s holding in Noel Canning v. NLRB.  Republicans sharply criticized Block for remaining on the Board while her appointment was being challenged.  Nonetheless, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is expected to send her renomination to the full Senate later this month.

A former intern who worked on “Late Show with David Letterman” has filed a class-action suit against CBS and Letterman’s production company, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The suit alleges that the defendants’ treatment of unpaid interns over six years violated wage and hour laws.

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