from Breakingviews:

U.S. labor unions look increasingly white collar

August 25, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

from The Great Debate:

Flint bookends the hopes of the American middle class

February 1, 2016

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.  Michigan National Guard members were set to arrive in Flint as soon as Wednesday to join door-to-door efforts to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents coping with the city's crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A water tower at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

from Tales from the Trail:

Loves labor most: Clinton picks up endorsement, Sanders grabs volunteers

September 14, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

from Tales from the Trail:

Hillary Clinton’s union problem

July 10, 2015


Hillary Clinton’s meeting with AFL-CIO leaders later this month will underscore just how much ground she has to make up with unions that are flatly angry at the presidential candidate over her recent policy stances (or lack thereof).

from The Great Debate:

Like nails on a chalkboard: How hard-fought labor reforms have been lost

May 18, 2015


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After the New York Times ran a searing two-part investigation into the exploitation and job-related health problems of the state’s nail-salon workers earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered emergency measures to protect them and appointed a special review panel to recommend long-term reforms. The Times series painted a portrait of an immigrant workforce laboring in dangerous conditions and for pitiful wages -- in some cases paying salon owners for the opportunity to make $10, or less, a day.

from The Great Debate:

Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions

May 6, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

from The Great Debate:

Want a healthy middle class? Bring back the long-term career.

January 28, 2015

Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City

Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

from The Great Debate:

Here’s what it will take for Americans to start getting pay raises

October 13, 2014

Demonstrators rally to raise the hourly minimum wage for fast-food workers at City Hall in Seattle

What will it really take to give America a raise?

A lot of well-credentialed policy experts have been writing nonsense about why Americans can’t be paid more.

from The Great Debate:

It’s harder to reach the American dream if you’re reaching all alone

August 29, 2014


“Hours of chaos” is how the New York Times described the work reality of more and more Americans. It highlighted Jannette Navarra, a Starbucks barrista, who is regularly forced to work part-time with fluctuating hours. She usually gets her work schedule three days ahead of the workweek, so she is always scrambling to arrange childcare for her son. Any hope Navarra has of advancing by pursuing a degree is shattered by her inability to schedule classes.

from The Great Debate:

How Uber can help the GOP gain control of the cities

July 7, 2014

Taxi drivers protest against transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft along with Assembly Bill 2293 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California

Republicans occupy the governor’s mansion in a majority of states and control both chambers of state legislatures where a majority of Americans live. In a country that is becoming more urban, however, Democrats have a major advantage: Their party runs most big U.S. cities. Of the 15 largest U.S. cities, only two -- San Diego and Indianapolis -- have Republican mayors, and 13 of the 15 have Democratic-controlled city councils.