Daily News & Commentary — March 1, 2018
The New York Times opinion section has offered two somewhat conflicting views on wage growth in the last two days. The first argues that corporate America has been suppressing wages for many workers through noncompete clauses and no-poaching agreements and is aimed at the most vulnerable workers. The second, relying on an Economic Policy Institute wage report this morning, suggests that inequality is shrinking because wages for low-income workers are on the rise.
An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argues that Disneyland workers are grossly underpaid. Among the disappointing numbers uncovered by a survey of workers: 85% of Disneyland employees are paid less than $15 an hour. Even among full-time employees who have worked at Disneyland for more than 15 years, 54% are paid less than $15 an hour. Only 28% of workers have the same schedule week to week.
A lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers argues that college campus recruiting hurts older workers and violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, reports the Wall Street Journal. Plaintiffs allege that PwC hired about 18% of the applicants who were under 40 to its tax and assurance business, compared with 3% of candidates over that age.
Uber is launching a new service that will allow hospitals and doctors to book rides for patients, reports The Atlantic. The service will allow medical and administrative staff to either call a car to the office to drive a specific patient home, or to pick up a patient from their home, with the option to schedule the ride up to 30 days in advance.