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The Strike Zone—September 13, 2021

The Strike Zone—September 13, 2021

With the wide distribution of the vaccine, new COVID-19 protocols negotiated by the professional leagues and their union counterparts are drawing a stark line between vaccinated and unvaccinated players. In the NBA, unvaccinated players are subject to a host of additional restrictions meant to decrease the chance of coronavirus transmission: their lockers will be situated […]

Nabisco Workers on Strike Across US ‘No Contracts, No Snacks’

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Nabisco Workers on Strike Across US ‘No Contracts, No Snacks’

By Brett Wilkins, CommonDreams.org. August 20, 2021 — Employees at Nabisco’s flagship plant in Chicago walked off the job Thursday, joining workers at three of the leading snack maker’s other U.S. plants who are demanding better working conditions, an end to foreign outsourcing, and the withdrawal of a company plan that would scrap the company’s […]

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Today’s News and Commentary — August 23, 2021

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Today’s News and Commentary — August 23, 2021

On Monday morning, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has already been administered to more than 100 million people in the country. According to the FDA’s news release, the public can be “very confident” that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which relies on mRNA […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—August 19, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—August 19, 2021

This morning, Mexico’s Labor Ministry announced that workers at one of General Motors’s largest pickup plants voted 3,214-2,623 to reject their union’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. The vote, carried out under the rules of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), was widely seen as a critical test case for the agreement’s unprecedented […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 11, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 11, 2021

After a weekend of sluggish procedural advances, which Fred described on Monday, the Senate finally, after months of grueling bipartisan negotiations, passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure package, called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 69-30. All 50 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate voted for […]

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Today’s News & Commentary – July 22, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary – July 22, 2021

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 to confirm Jennifer Abruzzo as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote.  Abruzzo’s confirmation, preceded Tuesday by an equally divided, party-line vote to end Senate debate on the nominee, marks an end to a bitterly partisan Senate debate […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — July 15, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — July 15, 2021

The Senate Democrats’ new budget reconciliation bill plans to financially penalize companies that violate workers’ rights. The proposal is planned to be embedded into the $3.5 trillion bill, utilizing the National Labor Relations Board to levy penalties where appropriate. Senator Bernie Sanders remarked that this provision would be part of the PRO Act’s integration into […]

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