Today’s News & Commentary — July 26, 2017

Published July 26th, 2017 -  - 07.26.1715


The Wall Street Journal reported today on “The State of ‘Good Jobs’ in America.” There are more than 30 million of these “good jobs”, which pay more than $35,000 and do not require a four year degree. The problem, though, is that there are more than 75 million Americans without four year degrees competing for those jobs, roughly 2.5 people for each position. Money magazine reports that men hold 70% of these jobs, while white workers hold roughly 65%.

In more ambiguous news for workers, the Wall Street Journal also reported today on the increasing concentration of high paying tech jobs in just eight cities. Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Austin, Raleigh, Washington, Baltimore and Boston — account for more than 27% of the listings for U.S. tech jobs that pay more than $100,000 a year.

The Ninth Circuit held on Monday that ICTIS Oregon Inc. couldn’t bring an antitrust counterclaim against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association in a dispute over longshoremen’s work in Portland, according to Law360. The case is ILWU et al. v. ICTSI Oregon Inc., case number 14-35504 in the U.S. District Court for Oregon. The panel said a nonstatutory exemption in the Sherman Act protected the unions’ allegedly monopolistic actions from scrutiny. The opinion can be read here.

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