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Today’s News & Commentary—September 8, 2021

Today’s News & Commentary—September 8, 2021

As the corporate-funded effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom heads into its final stretch (the election date, September 14, is now less than one week away), CNN reports that Newsom has increasingly relied on labor unions and union workers to propel his campaign in its waning days. Local chapters of CTA, SEIU, AFSCME, IBEW, […]

Today’s News & Commentary—September 7, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 7, 2021

It was not a happy Labor Day for millions of Americans, as they abruptly lost the unemployment benefits that had sustained them for as many as 18 months. Three federal programs that boosted jobless benefits by $600/week (later lowered $300/week) will expire this week. The federal programs were more inclusive than traditional state unemployment insurance […]

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Weekends News & Commentary — September 5, 2021

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Weekends News & Commentary — September 5, 2021

This weekend, an estimated 8.9 million workers and their families will lose federal unemployment benefits entirely, and more than 2 million more will have their weekly checks reduced by $300 per week, as two key federal unemployment programs expire. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provided unemployment benefits to many workers, like gig or self-employed workers, […]

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Weekend News & Commentary — August 22, 2021

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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 […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—August 17, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—August 17, 2021

Home Depot violated the NLRA when it threatened and punished workers who engaged in activism against racial discrimination, a complaint filed by the NLRB Region 18 Regional Director, Jennifer Hadsall, alleges. As Bloomberg’s report on the complaint noted, Home Depot was one of many companies to put out a general statement about racial justice in […]

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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 & Commentary — August 4, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2021

Yesterday, the Biden administration extended the federal CDC eviction moratorium which was originally set to expire this weekend. The moratorium will continue to be in place until October 3, and will cover all counties where the CDC considers the spread of Covid-19 to be “substantial” or “high”—over 80% of U.S. counties as of today. As […]

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Big tech’s big week raises fears of ‘Blade Runner future’ of mega-company rule

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Technology Big tech’s big week raises fears of ‘Blade Runner future’ of mega-company rule Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft all reported record-breaking profits amid a pandemic bonanza but recent Biden administration moves suggest US tech’s easy ride is over Dominic Rushe in New York @dominicru Sun 1 Aug 2021 03.00 EDT Big tech provided the […]

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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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