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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.…

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…

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…

When Culture Eclipses Class | The American Prospect

Harold Meyerson on “how the UAW could organize NYU grad students and not Chattanooga, Tennessee auto workers:” America is where class struggle gets derailed by culture wars. It’s happened throughout our history. It happened again last week in Chattanooga. For more than a decade, the ability of the United Auto Workers to win good contracts for its members—clustered in GM,…

Union Advantage for Black Workers | Center for Economic and Policy Research

For over 50 years, black workers in the United States have found union representation to be a source of higher quality jobs than would otherwise be available. These jobs played an important role in creating a path to the middle class for many African Americans and their families. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), demonstrates that despite a…

Income inequality: Does wider gap between rich and poor threaten capitalism? | The Christian Science Monitor

Bill Goss, founder and co-chief investment officer of $2 Trillion PIMCO, quoted in this article: “We’re not just experiencing a new Gilded Age, but a Bitcoin Age. Artificial money, corporate K Street, and Wall Street interests are producing one world for the rich and an entirely different world for the working class. It can’t go on like this, either from…

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