Today's News and Commentary – March 4
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has a strongly worded op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that if the NLRB upholds the UAW’s objections regarding the union election at the VW plant in Chattanooga, “it would be an unprecedented assault on free speech” and will constitute an attempt “to muzzle elected officials and prevent them from weighing in on issues of critical importance to the communities they represent.”
The New York Times reports that President Obama released his annual budget blueprint today, which includes a proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) “to better benefit workers who are childless, which the White House estimates will help 13.5 million additional Americans who hold jobs yet remain poor.” The Times notes that the current structure of the EITC “favors low-wage workers with children.”
The Los Angeles Times reported on “a group of about 50 security guards and community supporters” who “took to Hollywood Boulevard to protest” the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for using non-union security guards for the Oscars on Sunday.
In the New York Times, Rebekah Campbell, the founder of a tech company, writes about her experiences trying to outsource different types of work, exploring results that she calls “from catastrophic to exceptional.”
Finally, In These Times explores the recent success of the Working Families Party in several cities and states across the country, exploring the question of whether it can grow as a viable third party by focusing on state and local elections – rather than the bigger ticket national elections that other third parties have prioritized in the past.