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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why The New American Workforce Wants Better Consumption, Not Just More | Fast Company

The Freelancers Union’s Sara Horowitz wrote about the Quiet Revolution in Fast Company: Conscious consumers are creating a new mutual class, turning the made-in-China economy to a DIY state of mind. They may not be marching in the streets or staging protests, but consumers are increasingly and actively changing the economic landscape with every dollar they consciously spend–or purposefully save.…

Melissa Risser Testimony Before NYC Council on Worker Coops

Testimony by Melissa Risser, CUNY Law Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), before the New York City Council, Community Development Committee, February 24, 2014 Hearing: Worker Cooperatives – Is this A Model That Can Lift Families Out of Poverty? Hon. Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Chair Good morning. My name is Melissa Risser and I am a public interest attorney working with CUNY Law…

Carmen Huertas-Noble Testimony Before NYC Council on Worker Coops

Testimony by Carmen Huertas-Noble, Director of CUNY School of Law’s Community and Economic Development Clinic, before the New York City Council, Community Development Committee, February 24, 2014 Hearing: Worker Cooperatives – Is this A Model That Can Lift Families Out of Poverty? Hon. Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Chair Hello, my name is Carmen Huertas-Noble. I am an Associate Professor of Law and the founding…

Robert Reich: WhatsApp is everything wrong with the U.S. economy | Salon.com

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp. According to news reports today, Facebook has agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. That’s the highest price paid for a start-up in history. It’s $3 billion more than Facebook raised when it was first listed, and more than twice what Microsoft…

Share the dividends of increased productivity | Washington Post

Harold Meyerson on inequality in the wake of the UAW defeat in Tennessee: Between 1947 and 1973 — roughly the one period of union strength in U.S. history — productivity increased by 97 percent and workers’ compensation (that’s wages plus benefits) by 95 percent. Since 1973, however, as unions have weakened, productivity has increased by 80 percent and compensation by…

Big cities are less equal than the rest of the country | Washington Post

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post’s state and local policy blog: “As of 2012, the rich are richer and the poor are poorer in the 50 largest cities than the national average, according to the findings from the Brookings Institution. Just three — Denver, Seattle and El Paso — saw inequality shrink, marginally, since before the recession. For the…

Capitalism for the Masses | The New York Times

Op-ed by David Brooks: A daring conservative agenda has emerged that measures the health of the economy by how well it helps all people make an enterprise of their life. “The big story here is that a major pillar of the American right is leading his institution to fully embrace capitalism, but also fully embrace government policies that will help the…

Labor Leaders See Focus on Wages as Key to Union and Democratic Victories | The New York Times

Steven Greenhouse reporting from the AFL-CIO’s winter meeting: “Gathered for their annual winter meeting, the nation’s labor leaders say that what they see as the best theme for reviving the union movement — American workers need a raise — also would be a winning issue for their Democratic allies in this fall’s elections.” Read the article at The New York…

Breaking Good

In today’s economically class-cleaved America, ideological resistance continues unabated to the deployment of government as a force for good especially in contentious change scenarios such as solving growing wealth and opportunity divides and the future of organized Labor (to name just two). Too often, progress is facilitated mainly through the prism of trickle-down tax code set asides to inspire transformational…

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