Today’s News & Commentary — April 10

ON LABOR

The Huffington Post reports that a group of workers employed under federal contracts at the National Zoo and the Department of Education have filed a complaint with the Department of Labor “alleging that they’ve been illegally underpaid for years.”  The complaint was brought on behalf of the workers by Good Jobs Nation, an organization that “has been trying to pressure the White House to use executive orders to raise wages and benefits for jobs funded by taxpayer dollars.”

The Chicago Tribune reports that a nurses’ union, National Nurses United, has accused University of Chicago Medecine of bargaining in bad faith and illegally inhibiting organizing.  The union also contends that the management has met with the nurses directly, rather than negotiating with the union, in violation of federal labor law.  One union official said that “We feel like we are reaching a strike point.”

In the wake of reports of large-scale…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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