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The New Deal Launched Unions as Key to Building Middle Class (Next New Deal)
In the first of a series of posts summarizing his new report, which explores possibilities for labor-organizing reform, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch looks at the history of union organizing as a source of shared prosperity.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt publishes Richard's report today as part of its Future of Work Initiative. Also marking today's launch of the Future of Work initiative, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Annette Bernhardt publishes a white paper, "The Role of Labor Market Regulation in Rebuilding Economic Opportunity in the U.S.," which focuses on labor standards and enforcement.
The Next Health-Care Debate (WaPo)
The Affordable Care Act's success will prove that government is indispensable in fighting widespread inequality, writes E.J. Dionne, who sources Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal's work on why charity can't tackle the problem.
The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else (The Atlantic Cities)
Noting that "moral cynicism" is among the corrosive "neighborhood effects" of grinding poverty, Richard Florida looks at the data concerning the segregation and concentration poor people, which is greater in large, dense metro areas and where wages are higher.
Freelancers Piece Together a Living in the Temp Economy (NYT)
Planning for the future in an age of job insecurity is nearly impossible, writes Adriene Hill. She reports on a Las Vegas woman who knows her current assortment of appearance-based gigs can't last forever.
Forces of Divergence (The New Yorker)
John Cassidy reviews Thomas Pikkety's Capital in the Twenty-first Century, which considers the swing back towards capital accumulation over wages in today's economy. Cassidy deems it a must-read for anyone interested in inequality.
The NLRB Must Restore Democracy in Chattanooga (Truthout)
John Logan calls on the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the recent United Auto Workers vote in Tennessee, because otherwise the NLRB will set a precedent that accepts outside interference.
The Law That Could Sink Birth Control Coverage (MSNBC)
In the context of today's Supreme Court hearing on the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, Adam Serwer and Irin Carmon explain the history of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.