Last year, public sector unions dodged a bullet after the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case that threatened to eliminate fair share fees, aka union dues, that support strong collective bargaining efforts. Before that it was the 2014 Harris v. Quinn case. Now the war on public sector unions has returned with Janus v. American […]
Labor Day! Hooray! Back to school for the kids. A long weekend to get the boat out one last time. A chance to barbecue and have the summer’s last batch of mojitos before the cool weather sets in. When I was a child, it meant that the fashion seasons had changed. No white shoes allowed […]
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled yesterday that student assistants working at private colleges and universities are protected by federal labor laws. This means that thousands of PhD candidates and undergraduate assistants can engage in collective bargaining for benefits and higher wages. The 3-1 ruling comes after graduate students at Columbia University, in cooperation […]
The L.A. Times is reporting that after a long battle from progressive activists, Governor Jerry Brown has reached an agreement with union representatives to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars per hour. Assuming the deal passes in the state legislature, the law will take effect in 2017, and increase incrementally over multiple years. While […]
President of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, just announced that the nation’s biggest labor union will endorse Hillary Clinton for President. In a statement she says: “Clinton is a strong leader who will do what is best for America’s students. For more than four decades, Clinton has fought to make sure all children […]
A Supreme Court case that will most likely be?decided upon by the end of this month?could effectively kill public unions throughout the country. The expected ruling in the case of?Harris v Quinn?has the possibility of?converting the entire country to right to work status as far as public unions are concerned. The Supreme Court is hearing […]
Last Tuesday, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM)??John Tester (D-MT), Chris Murphy (D-CT),? and others proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn a 2010 Citizens United decision?that determined that corporations ?are people, too. Senator Udall made no secret of his contempt for the 2010 decision in a recent quote from a press conference on the same day.