Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Today’s Workplace

  1. Kavanaugh: Threat to Workers and to OSHA
    While most of the discussion of President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court focuses on the possibility that he will be the deciding vote to repeal Rowe v. Wade or that the will bend over backwards to help Trump out of the Russia investigation, there is clear evidence that Kavanaugh is overly […]
  2. Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Spell a Fresh Hell for Workers’ Rights
    On Monday, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts, a fellow conservative, will become the ideological and political center of the Supreme Court, and protections for women, minorities, voting rights, civil liberties and […]
  3. When Workers Don’t Get Paid: 3 Contributors to Wage Theft
    Wage theft, sometimes known as time theft against employees, has been in the news a lot lately. That’s due to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and another by Elizabeth Tippett of the University of Oregon, featured on NPR’s Planet Money podcast. Recently, TSheets, a time tracking software company, ran a survey of […]
  4. Serena Williams’ French Open ordeal proves maternity rights in pro sports have a long way to go
    Last month, Serena Williams — the greatest athlete of our time (don’t @ me, it’s true) — played in her first major tournament since giving birth to her daughter. But, as excited as fans and media touts were to have her back competing, most were outraged when they discovered that she would have to enter […]
  5. Minimum wage workers just got a raise in two states, D.C., and 15 cities or counties
    Minimum wage workers in two states, Washington, DC, and 15 cities and counties got a raise on Sunday. These state and local governments had passed laws to increase the minimum wage on a schedule, with July 1 and January 1 being the most common dates for raises. Oregon doesn’t have a single statewide minimum wage, but it […]
  6. Janus Is Here—But Don’t Ring the Death Knell for the Labor Movement
    In a major decision that will impact labor for decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has just declared that all public-sector workers who are represented by a union have a Constitutional right to pay the union nothing for the representation. The Court overturned its landmark 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which permitted public-sector […]
  7. Gay teacher says she suffered months of homophobic harassment with no end in sight
    A gay middle school English teacher, Amy Estes, said she had to take a mental health leave after student harassment grew more and more intense and her school did little to mitigate the problem. It all began when a former student asked to stay in touch with her and followed Estes on Instagram. After Estes […]
  8. Intertwined: The Labor Movement and LGBT Rights
    Through all the celebration of LGBTQ Pride this month, there’s been a valuable opportunity to reflect on the hard-fought victories, brutal setbacks, and tenacious struggles that have ultimately delivered so much for so many. And just as importantly, there has been time to think about what lies ahead in that fight for justice. By the […]
  9. Study: Popularity of Joining Unions Surges
    After holding steady for decades, the percentage of American workers in all jobs who would say yes to join a union jumped sharply this past year, by 50%, says a new, independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The evidence is clear: The popularity of the labor movement is surging as more people want to join unions than […]
  10. Today’s Bad Idea: Merge Labor and Education Departments
    The Trump administration today proposed to merge the Department of Labor into the Department of Education. While some have suggested that the new department be christened the “Department of Child Labor,” the Trump administration has come up with the “Department of Education and the Workforce.” Some may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu at this name […]