A fair day's wage
- The Chicago Teachers Union's president has been authorized to give 10 days notice for a strike, though she has not yet done so and says no decision has been made.
- First Lady Michelle Obama announced that 125,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired or trained by the more than 2,000 businesses that are part of her Joining Forces initiative.
- The union workers who make Twinkies and other Hostess products have been presented with management's "last, best, and final" offer, and it sucks. But that's private equity for you.
- Georgia unions and small businesses are finding common ground in a campaign to bring jobs home.
- We should know more than this about a major sector of the economy:
Who are freelancers and contingent workers? The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has not done an official study since 2005, when it estimated that they were 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. workforce. If their income is reported on a 1099 tax form instead of on a W-2 form with deductions, its monthly payroll surveys won’t count them as having jobs. Its household surveys will count them as employed, but don’t ask about their job arrangements.
The War on Education
- More than 30 New York City candidates are refusing to take money from Michelle Rhee's corporate education policy organization StudentsFirst.