By Rachel Goldfarb, originally posted on Next New Deal
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Breaking: McDonald’s Workers Mount Class Action Suits in Three States (Salon)
The workers are alleging different forms of wage theft, such as unpaid overtime, in California, Michigan, and New York, at both corporate locations and franchises, reports Josh Eidelson.
A Business Upside to Obama’s Overtime Move (WaPo)
Jena McGregor writes that since productivity starts to drop as workers put in more than 40 hours a week, employers who hire more staff instead of paying overtime should see productivity increase.
The Secret Benefits Of Paid Sick Days For All (ThinkProgress)
Bryce Covert looks at some of the less obvious changes that come with paid sick leave, such as increased employer trust in employees, employee retention, and morale and productivity boosts.
How We Built the Ghettos (The Daily Beast)
In response to Paul Ryan's recent comments on inner city poverty, Jamelle Bouie explains how housing policies in the mid-20th century, which excluded black homebuyers, created today's racial wealth gap.
UAW Appeals to NLRB Board to Keep 'Outside Groups' out of Decision on New Union Vote (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Dave Flessner reports that United Auto Workers is pressing to keep the National Right to Work Legal Foundation and Southern Momentum out of upcoming arguments, and Volkswagen agrees.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch looks at why UAW's efforts in Chattanooga failed despite VW's support, and what that says about U.S. labor law.
The Battle for Chattanooga: Southern Masculinity and the Anti-Union Campaign at Volkswagen (In These Times)
Some of the union supporters at the VW plant in Chattanooga hoped a union would change the culture of self-reliance and working through pain that led to injuries on the job, says Mike Elk.
Some Jobless Facing Eviction After Loss Of Benefits (HuffPo)
Andrew Perez and Arthur Delaney report that organizations tracking stories from the unemployed have seen an increase in evictions since Congress failed to extend long-term unemployment benefits.