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Weekend News & Commentary — August 22, 2021

Weekend News & Commentary — August 22, 2021

On Friday, a California Superior Court judge – the state’s trial court system – held that Prop. 22, which, among other provisions, permitted gig companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and others to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees, enabling them to evade a host of labor and employment laws, is unconstitutional […]

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2021

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and United Steelworkers President Tom Conway are kicking off the USW’s “We Supply America” bus tour to advocate for the current congressional infrastructure bill. The bus tour partly hopes to highlight the connection between infrastructure investment and good-paying steelworker jobs. Starting at the USW Local 6787 union hall in Chesterton, the […]

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The Strike Zone—August 16, 2021

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The Strike Zone—August 16, 2021

Olivia Moultrie and the National Women’s Soccer League have settled the young phenom’s antitrust suit challenging the league’s 18-and-older age restriction. The two sides had previously filed a joint stipulation, which conditioned the settlement on District Judge Karen Immergut vacating two key findings from the case. Judge Immergut agreed, pending the Ninth Circuit remanding the […]

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Weekend News & Commentary — August 8, 2021

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Weekend News & Commentary — August 8, 2021

In the aftermath of the unexpected death of Richard Trumka on Thursday, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., as noted by the New York Times earlier today, faces a moment of decision – a “crossroads,” in the words of the Times. Despite Trumka’s impassioned and experienced leadership, his 12-year tenure at the head of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. coincided with the […]

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Today’s News and Commentary—Friday, August 6, 2021

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Today’s News and Commentary—Friday, August 6, 2021

AFL-CIO president and key labor leader Richard Trumka passed away yesterday. Originally a mine worker, Trumka rose through the ranks of the United Mine Workers and eventually became the president of the AFL-CIO, becoming an often-looked-to voice on labor issues. A new report from The Century Foundation estimates that 7.5 million workers in the U.S. […]

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Weekend News & Commentary – July 18, 2021

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Weekend News & Commentary – July 18, 2021

New research suggests that extreme heat produces many more workplace injuries, concentrated among the poorest workers, than most official records suggest—a telling example of how, as the Times puts it, “climate change worsens inequality.” The UCLA study, led by public policy professor R. Jisung Park, compared records from over 11 million California workers’ compensation claims […]

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