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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Obama is Showing Some Guts on the Budget. Don't Celebrate Just Yet. (TNR)

The president would put chained CPI, a method of calculating Social Security increases that is popular with Republicans, back on the table at any hint of a Grand Bargain, says Danny Vinik.

The Grand Bargain’s Dead. What Now? (MSNBC)

Without a Grand Bargain on the budget, Suzy Khimm says that fundamental disagreements on benefits programs will have to wait until at least after midterm elections, and maybe even until 2016.

Why Wage Hikes Should Be All the Rage (Policy Shop)

As states, cities, and big retailers like Gap Inc. move forward to raise wages, Amy Traub argues that this piecemeal approach helps some workers and keeps the national conversation going.

UAW Demands Labour Board Review Volkswagen Plant Vote (The Guardian)

The appeal focuses on the "firestorm of interference" from outside groups and Tennessee politicians, reports Dominic Rushe. The union lost narrowly, and the appeal could lead to a new election.

Can These College Football Players Actually Unionize? (MoJo)

As football players at Northwestern University begin the unionization fight with a hearing at the Chicago regional National Labor Relations Board, Matt Connolly explains the process and potential complications.

Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions (NYT)

Steven Greenhouse reports on how a Wisconsin law gutting the powers of public-sector unions to collectively bargain has changed things for those workers. No surprises: it's not looking good.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The cuts to Army personnel proposed by SECDEF... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Chuck Hagel of about 100,000 servicepeople will bring cuts in the defense budget of at least $20 billion/year according to my calculations.  Small but it's a start.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 08:16:31 PM PST

  •  one note about the NYT artcile on Act 10 (0+ / 0-)

    the law Gov Nelson signed allowing collective bargaining amended the state constitution. so to repeal it requires a constitutional amendment. that requires two separate votes by the Assembly and Senate over 2 consecutive years, then it goes to the public in the next scheduled general election, which is- 2016. in other words its very hard to pull off. act 10 did everything but get rid of CB, and it needs to be scrapped.

  •  There's another way Obama can play Chained CPI (0+ / 0-)

    Just leave it off the table for good. Telling the neocons that train has left the station. They had a chance to bargain for it. Now it's gone. Sometimes, especially if you have the stronger hand when negotiating, you don't always need to come down on the price or meet in the middle on terms. If the other party keeps bargaining in bad faith, you raise the price or the terms. Letting them know if they don't deal it's just going to become more expensive for them if they don't meet in the middle on our terms.

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