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Today’s News and Commentary—9/17/21

Today’s News and Commentary—9/17/21

Union leaders and the parent company of Nabisco (Mondelez International) reached a tentative agreement this week on a contract which, if agreed to by the workers, would end the five-week long strike by Nabisco workers. Nabisco workers in Portland, unionized with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, began striking in early […]

Today’s News & Commentary — September 16th, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 16th, 2021

Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum urging agency field staff to seek a more expansive set of remedies in settlement agreements with employers.  As noted in the Board’s press release, the document builds on a previous memo released last week by Abruzzo, which directed agency leaders to pursue […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 15th, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 15th, 2021

U.S. District Judge David Hurd in Albany on Tuesday entered a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a New York state health department rule requiring health care workers workers in hospitals and nursing homes to get a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 27, for those employed in public institutions, and October 9th, for those […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 14, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 14, 2021

Missouri public employees’ unions continue to struggle against the governor’s office for collective bargaining. In 2018, former Governor Eric Greitens signed a law that gave meager raises in exchange for changing the states’ merit hiring system, effectively reclassifying state workers into at-will employees. Since then, current Governor Mike Parson, who was Greitens’s lieutenant governor, has […]

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Weekend News & Commentary – September 12, 2021

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Weekend News & Commentary – September 12, 2021

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have called on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to investigate allegations that Amazon.com Inc. fails to make adequate provisions for pregnant employees at its warehouses, citing “what appears to be a concerning pattern of mistreatment of pregnant employees at Amazon fulfillment centers.” As […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 10, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 10, 2021

On Thursday, Biden announced plans for a monumental vaccine mandate that could apply to as many as 100 million Americans. Under the mandate, employers with more than 100 workers will need to either be vaccinated or else face weekly testing; businesses will also be mandated to provide paid time off to receive inoculations. The vaccine […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 9, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 9, 2021

Uber and Lyft have continued their national push to cement the status of their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. In conjunction with Postmates and Instacart, the companies previously spent $205 million in California to successfully support an initiative to make those gig workers into contractors with some benefits. Now, they have moved their […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 8, 2021

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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, […]

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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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Today’s News & Commentary—September 6, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 6, 2021

Today is Labor Day in the United States.  And, as on every Labor Day, it is worth pausing to note the oddity—and the irony—of the United States celebrating the holiday on the first Monday in September, rather than the first day of May.  The notion of a holiday to celebrate labor came about in the […]

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