To understand more of the human toll of the Detroit bankruptcy, check out Stand with Detroit. It's not just the stories of retired city workers like Juanita Scott, who:
... worked in the City of Detroit Health Department for 19 years. Her pension is $754 per month, but by the time she pays for her car insurance, health insurance, and her house payment, she has just $300 left.It's also people like Hector Smith, general manager of Steve's Soul Food, who says “If they take away their pensions, if they start cutting jobs, it’s gonna cut into a large percentage of not only our business, but other business that are in the city of Detroit.”
“I don’t understand it. I can’t see how the governor is going to allow this to happen. We worked hard. I came to work every day.”
Continue reading below the fold for more of the week's labor and education news.
A fair day's wage
- Ugh. Scott Walker is getting his wish.
- Apple will increase its American manufacturing, opening an Arizona plant that will employ 2,000 workers.
- As signs that so-called right to work is unpopular in Ohio go, this is a good one:
Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, supporters of a so-called “right to work” law in Ohio reached a major milestone in October: they have collected 100,000 signatures to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot.Click for a reminder of how long it's taken them to collect those 100,000 signatures.
Here’s the thing: they need at least 385,000 signatures to get on the ballot, and they’ll also want to far exceed that number to account for duplicates or invalid signatures
- Go Guitar Center workers:
Following in the footsteps of colleagues in New York and Chicago, employees at a Guitar Center store in Las Vegas voted on Friday to unionize. If the federal labor board ratifies the election, the store will be the third location in the Bain Capital-owned music equipment chain to go union this year.
- Damn union thugs.
- A community union for Pittsburgh?
- Ohio charter horror story:
A new Columbus charter school failed to pay its employees last week, leading some educators to walk off the job, its founder said yesterday. [...]
Ward and former teacher Tina Geygan also said the school has struggled with a bedbug problem, and the food vendor had quit providing student lunches because it hadn’t been paid.
- Chicago teachers are fabulous:
- Long Island education superintendent says no to student data-harvesting.