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The Strike Zone—August 2, 2021

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The Strike Zone—August 2, 2021

On July 5, we covered Carl Nassib’s announcement that he is gay, becoming the first player in the NFL to be openly out and just the second in the history of the four major North American sports. Just less than a month after the Nassib news, Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first active […]

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Luke Harris on Critical Race Theory, Cindy Cohn on Pegasus Spyware

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  Little Rock, 1957 This week on CounterSpin: You’ve almost certainly seen the documentary photographs; they’re emblematic: African Americans trying to walk to school or sit at a drugstore soda fountain, while white people yell and spit and scream at them. Should no one see those pictures or learn those stories—because some of them have […]

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As Dems Mull Reconciliation, NLRA Civil Penalties Are Worth Fighting for

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As Dems Mull Reconciliation, NLRA Civil Penalties Are Worth Fighting for

Recently, Senate Democrats have begun discussing plans to enable the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to levy civil monetary penalties on employers who commit unfair labor practices (ULPs) as part of their broader reconciliation bill on infrastructure.  While specifics are so far lacking, the proposal is based on what House Democrats already put forward in […]

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Bianca Nozaki-Nasser on Anti-Asian Bias

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    New York Times (6/22/21) This week on CounterSpin: A June New York Times article about female Asian-American and Pacific Islander golfers reacting to the recent spike in anti-Asian bias began inauspiciously: “Players of Asian descent have won eight of the past 10 Women’s PGA championships, but there is nothing cookie cutter about the […]

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The Strike Zone—July 19, 2021

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The Strike Zone—July 19, 2021

As previously discussed, the Supreme Court’s opinion in NCAA v. Alston was a narrow ruling on strictly antitrust grounds, but the decision has the potential to more broadly alter the landscape of collegiate athletics. That potential is already being realized, as a proposed collective and class action suit seeks to apply the court’s reasoning in […]

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Demkovich: A “Constitutional Shelter” from Employment Discrimination Laws

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Demkovich: A “Constitutional Shelter” from Employment Discrimination Laws

On Friday, in Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the ministerial exception applied to a ministerial employee’s hostile work environment claims brought under Title VII and the ADA. The decision expands the ministerial exception beyond tangible employment actions and into the realm […]

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William Dodge on Nestle Slave Labor, Michael Ratner on Donald Rumsfeld

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    Child chocolate worker in the Ivory Coast (Fortune, 3/1/16) (photo: Benjamin Lowy) This week on CounterSpin: Nestle CEO Mark Schneider told investors in February that “2020 was a year of hardship for so many,” yet he was “inspired by the way it has brought all of us closer together.” And also by an […]

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Andrew Perez on the Filibuster

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James Stewart filibustering in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This week on CounterSpin: NBC News recently reported that “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said…he is ‘100%’ focused ‘on stopping’ President Joe Biden’s administration.” The statement is remarkable for the painful mockery it makes of Democrats’ and corporate media’s stubborn insistence that the most important value […]

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Jaisal Noor on Worker Co-Ops, Duncan Meisel on Fossil Fuel Greenwashing

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    ChiFresh Kitchen, a worker co-op This week on CounterSpin: In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, employees of Whole Foods—owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos—were asked to give their own accrued paid sick days to co-workers who had either contracted the virus or been forced to take time out of work.  […]

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