Inside the Doomed Union Refund Lawsuits, Part II
Shortly after I posted my initial take on the headline-grabbing set of class action lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in refunds from public sector unions after Janus, two interesting things happened.
The Bearable Lightness of Janus
The Supreme Court's ruling in Janus sounds like a pretty big problem for organized labor. But it doesn’t have to be.
Versus Trump: The Fiduciary Rule Comes And Goes
On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Charlie, and Jason discuss the Fifth Circuit's recent decision striking down the so-called "Fiduciary Rule" that would have required those who sell retirement investment products in 401(k) plans to act in the best interests of their clients. Listen now!
Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018
Richard Trumpka, President of the AFL-CIO, harshly criticized President Trump for his divisive rhetoric and continued support of corporations over working class Americans.
Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018
The Trump Administration is seeking to revive and broaden a rule that Congress killed last year requiring drug testing for unemployment benefits. There are fewer OSHA workplace safety inspectors under the Trump Administration than under President Obama.
Update | Week of October 30, 2017
The Labor Department will appeal a court ruling that threw out an Obama-era rule that would have expanded overtime pay to 4 million more people.
Updates | The Week of October 23, 2017
The Administration proposed repealing an Obama-era regulation on tip pooling. An advocacy group filed suit to obtain DOL documents on possible repeals of several regulations.
Free Speech Solidarity
Collective action has proven an effective response to the President’s attempted interference with the employment of Jemele Hill and NFL players.
The Acosta Hearing & the “Deconstruction” of Federal Agencies
Hearings on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor revealed little about the future of labor policy. But the hearings made crystal clear that Trump's executive orders and proposed budget threaten even popular and effective government programs.
That Time When Republicans Re-Regulated Retirement Savings
Congressional Republicans care about one thing far more than their professed values and far more than the American people they claim to represent: protecting the financial services industry. This was recently made clear when they undid two key DOL rules.
The Attack on American Cities
Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.
Trump v. Unions
January 20, 2017 marked the beginning of a new and dangerous age for labor. Here's an overview of the many challenges and threats that the American labor movement is likely to face under Trump.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
Hearings for his Secretary of Labor nominee demonstrated that President Trump’s budget proposal threatens even popular and effective government programs, as Charlotte Garden explains for Take Care. This week, the Trump Administration repealed a rule requiring federal contractors to disclose labor violations.
Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017
President Trump plans to expand the workforce with apprenticeships, and plans to include permit reform in his infrastructure package. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor is planning to rescind the "persuader rule," and pro-family policies pushed by Ivanka Trump are woefully inadequate.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
The Trump administration's proposal to revoke the Department of Labor's "fiduciary rule" is causing controversy within the agency, and the repeal of Obama-era Department of Labor regulations by congressional Republicans may actually increase regulatory burdens.
Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017
A federal judge blocked an EEO rule allowing employers to tie healthcare premiums to participation in wellness programs. Several state attorneys weighed in opposing mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts.
The Story Thus Far: Labor
President Trump is likely to pursue a ferociously anti-labor agenda. The battles ahead may define the future of labor and employment law in America—and the fate of organized labor. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
Reversing course, this week President Trump decided not to pull out of NAFTA. The Trump Administration vowed to undo the Obama Administration's requirement that employers provide birth control their employees.
Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017
Analysis occurs of congressional members' efforts to make union organizing much harder and the Administration's revised parental leave policy.