Today's News & Commentary — October 2
In immigration news, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would provide legal representation to some unaccompanied minors in deportation cases, according to the New York Times. This is the first time HHS has directly funded attorneys for unaccompanied minors. The program will cost $9 million over two years.
The Washington Post reports on the aftermath on U.S. Airways and American Airlines customer service representatives voting to unionize. In an interview, an organizer thanked American Airlines for remaining “neutral” and “hands-off” during the organizing campaign.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a union has accused Bravo Media of unfair labor practices. Some crew members on “Shahs of Sunset,” a TV show, have been striking since September 10th in an effort to win recognition for the union. Bravo allegedly threatened to fire editors on the show in retaliation, according to a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
The Los Angeles Times also reports that California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would change the composition of boards that hear labor-management disputes. The bill would have given public employee unions an opportunity to approve the nominees to the city’s Employee Relations Commission. The Commission helps resolve disputes over “public employee salary agreements, work rules and retirement benefits.”