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Working Class Millennials Have Extra Challenges in Tough Economy (Daily Circuit)
Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellow Nona Willis Aronowitz talks about the precariousness of the American Dream in today's economy on Minnesota Public Radio. Many young people see the traditional markers of adulthood as unreachable with such an uncertain future.
The High Probability of Being Poor (TAP)
Matt Bruenig examines more detailed data that refutes some critiques of last month's AP report on economic insecurity. The aggregate life span poverty experience in this country is surprising, and in some demographics, poverty touches almost everyone.
Freelance Nation: When Good Jobs Turn to Bad (Salon)
Barbara Garson examines how jobs that used to provide a solid middle-class lifestyle have lost wages, benefits, and long-term security. Employers have turned many jobs into part-time or contract work, which takes away everything that made a job good.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch wants the President to change some jobs back to good jobs by executive order, and require living wages and paid sick leave on federal contracts.
Should White House Interns be Paid? (The Week)
Carmel Lobello speaks to organizers who are campaigning to get political interns in Washington wages. They see a disconnect between calling for a higher minimum wage and running the administration with unpaid workers.
North Carolina Could Be Next To Throw A Wrench Into Paid Sick Leave (Think Progress)
Bryce Covert reports on the preemption bills popping up across the country that prevent cities and counties from enacting local paid sick leave laws. ALEC, which pushes this bill, doesn't seem to care that paid sick leave saves employers the cost of lost productivity.
Women Shortchanged In Retirement Earnings (NPR)
Celeste Headlee and guests discuss how policy contributes to the gender gap in retirement funds. When women leave the workforce to have children, even temporarily, they reduce their personal contributions to retirement and have fewer work years to base Social Security on.
Why the White House is Uneasy with Picking Janet Yellen as Fed Chair (WaPo)
Neil Irwin sees Janet Yellen as an independent thinker who is methodically prepared in her work. That style and her emphasis on unemployment instead of financial bubbles may be what is keeping her off the top of the White House short list.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal sees Yellen's skill at consensus-building and focus on unemployment as major positives to consider in choosing the next Fed Chair.