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December 8th, 2013

This Weekend’s News and Commentary: December 7-8

Published December 8th, 2013 -

The online edition of Time Magazine reports that one-day “flash strikes” are labor’s new weapon of last resort. According to the publication, declining union membership has made protracted strikes increasingly rare, as evidenced by the labor activity that took... More »

December 6th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — December 6

Published December 6th, 2013 -

News coverage today is dominated by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an instrumental player in helping that country abolish apartheid. The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal all have cove... More »

December 5th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — December 5

Published December 5th, 2013 -

Fast-food workers in 100 cities around the country are participating in a one-day strike today for a $15-an-hour wage — up from a $9-an-hour industry average. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the LA Times all have co... More »

December 4th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary — December 4

Published December 4th, 2013 -

The big news of the day is the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that Detroit can enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy and that public pensions are “not entitled to any heightened protection.” Although the judge agreed with opponents of the bankruptcy that the “city ... More »

December 3rd, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – December 3

Published December 3rd, 2013 -

The New York Times reports on an announcement by the Obama Administration that it would provide financial assistance to certain health insurance companies to offset potential losses caused by the administration’s recent decision to allow insurers to renew thei... More »

December 2nd, 2013

Today's News and Commentary – December 2

Published December 2nd, 2013 -

In one of seven articles written by Salon’s Josh Eidelson on this year’s Black Friday strikes at Walmart, Eidelson reports that tens of thousands of people protested Walmart’s labor practices last Friday at more than 1500 separate protest sit... More »

November 29th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary – November 29

Published November 29th, 2013 -

In the first of two in-depth profiles on low-wage workers, The New York Times features the story of 58 year-old Eduardo Shoy, a New York City fast food worker who holds two jobs and is struggling to support a wife and children. The second profile featured in T... More »

November 28th, 2013

Today's News and Commentary — November 28

Published November 28th, 2013 -

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney reminds us that many families are going hungry this Thanksgiving.  Following Congress’ cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or foods stamps), which took effect on November 1, food banks continu... More »

November 27th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary–November 27

Published November 27th, 2013 -

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases on whether the Affordable Care Act can mandate that corporations provide insurance coverage for contraceptives for their employees despite religious objections of the corporation’s owners.  As Adam Liptak of... More »

November 27th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary–November 27

Published November 27th, 2013 -

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases on whether the Affordable Care Act can mandate that corporations provide insurance coverage for contraceptives for their employees despite religious objections of the corporation’s owners.  As Adam Liptak of... More »

November 26th, 2013

Today’s News and Commentary–November 26

Published November 26th, 2013 -

The Washington Post reports on unprecedented levels of economic insecurity among American workers in a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll.  More than six in 10 workers worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, the highest level in surveys dat... More »