Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Job prospects getting worse for law school graduatesJob prospects getting worse for law school graduates
The Wall Street Journal reports that newly minted lawyers have only about a 50 percent chance of being employed as lawyers nine months out from graduation.
Why Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger StrikeWhy Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger Strike
Launching a hunger strike to protest a perceived political injustice is not exactly new, but it is relatively rare in the U.S. The U.S. postal workers unions are trying to turn the heads of members of Congress with the tactic.
What's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The PriceWhat's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The Price
Eric Hagen has gone from Wall Street to the streets of Burlington, Vt., and his one-man taxi service is accruing a flock of faithful customers. His Recession Ride Taxi puts riders in charge of deciding a fair fare.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Why Women Still Can’t Have It AllWhy Women Still Can’t Have It All
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.
To Keep U.S. Competitive, Teach Coding in SchoolsTo Keep U.S. Competitive, Teach Coding in Schools
We don't have enough highly trained employees to keep up with demand. Build it right at home: Congress should encourage public schools to teach American children how to code just after they learn to multiply.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Pension Shortfalls Force States to Consider Cutting Benefits | PBS ...Pension Shortfalls Force States to Consider Cutting Benefits | PBS ...
PBS News Hour takes a closer look at the depth of the pension gap with Kil Huh, director of research at the Pew Center on the States, which released this...
Pew Report: Pension and Benefits Gap Continues to WidenThe Widening Gap Update
States continue to lose ground in their efforts to cover the long-term costs of their employees’ pensions and retiree health care, according to a new analysis by the Pew Center on the States, due to continued investment losses from the financial crisis of 2008 and states’ inability to set aside enough each year to adequately fund their retirement promises.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
What Wisconsin's Recall Means For Labor UnionsWhat Wisconsin's Recall Means For Labor Unions
The unsuccessful attempt to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may well embolden governors of other states to challenge unions in order to curb collective bargaining rights. One labor studies professor put it this way: "There will be other dominoes; other states will fall."
A victory for curbs on public worker unionsA victory for curbs on public worker unions
Notably, New York's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, has been waging a vigorous campaign to reduce the state's financial commitments to union pension and health plans, and Gov. Jerry Brown has been forced in the same direction in California
Pension votes pressure Gov. BrownPension votes pressure Gov. Brown
After roll-back votes in San Jose and San Diego on Tuesday, some expect action in Sacramento. Don't count on too much, experts say.