Weinstein’s Lawyer Wrote an Article Addressing Jurors; The Judge is Unhappy

February 18, 2020

Over the weekend, just days before jurors in the Harvey Weinstein case were set to begin deliberations, his lead defense lawyer, Donna Rotunno, wrote an opinion piece imploring them “to do what they know is right.” The article in Newsweek magazine infuriated the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and on Tuesday the lead prosecutor called […]

In 2012, Bloomberg Compared a ‘Living Wage’ to Communism

February 17, 2020

In April of 2012, New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn announced that negotiations were complete on a living wage bill that would require some recipients of large economic development subsidies to pay their employees at least $10 an hour. Then-mayor Bloomberg compared the legislation to communism and said […]

Trump Hires Union Busters to Oversee Unions

February 17, 2020

“Within the Department of Labor, there is a section that is devoted to providing oversight to labor unions,” writes Brian Young in UCOMM Blog. “It is responsible for auditing financial disclosures and investigating officer corruption. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, has hired two new people to work in this oversight role who has a long history of working against unions. Rusty Brown, worked as a union-avoidance […]

Politico Election Coverage: The Economy

February 16, 2020

The US economy is experiencing its longest expansion ever — 10 years since the last recession ended in mid-2009 — with steady growth in GDP, jobs and wages. Democratic candidates say the gains are not being shared widely enough. Many are pushing to shift resources toward lower-income Americans, strengthen unions, diminish the power of big banks and create more affordable housing. They’re also hammering Trump and […]

Labor Notes: Unions Face a Difficult Choice on ‘Medicare for All’

February 16, 2020

“It’s mind-boggling to see national labor leaders defend a system that’s the biggest cause of strikes, lockouts, and concession bargaining,” writes Mark Dudzic in Labor Notes. “Talking points, after all, don’t appear out of thin air. They’re carefully crafted and disseminated by lobbyists and publicists, often on behalf of corporate interests. […]

Prosecution Makes Final Case Against ‘Abusive Rapist’ Harvey Weinstein

February 15, 2020

With jury deliberation scheduled to begin Tuesday, lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi delivered her closing argument to convict Weinstein of sexual crimes. “He took away her peace,” she said of actress Annabella Sciorra. On Friday morning, lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi put a bow on the State of New York’s case against Harvey Weinstein […]

France’s Cesar Academy Board to Resign Following Awards Backlash

February 14, 2020

The board overseeing the Cesar Academy, which distributes France’s equivalent of the Oscars, has revealed that it will resign following the Cesar Awards ceremony on February 28. The shock announcement comes on the heels of a backlash following 12 Cesar nominations for Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy. The Cesar’s were also […]

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