Archive for the ‘Jobs’ Category

Fair hiring practices: big bang for buck and bipartisan support

October 13th, 2015

[This post was written jointly with Ben Spielberg] Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: –it costs almost nothing to implement; –it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; –it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers; –the Senate Homeland… Read more

Worker voice, unions, and bargaining power

October 8th, 2015

Over at WaPo, and well worth reading the White House’s issue brief on these points. Solid research from the President’s CEA on why unions matter. You ask me, that’s a plus both on substance and political grounds. Also, their section on alternative forms of organizing provides interesting overview of potentially important new developments in this… Read more

Smell Something, Say Something: Obamacare, O’Reilly, and full-time jobs

September 25th, 2015

And Jon sayeth unto the multitudes: “The best defense against bullsh__ is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.” This admonition came to mind, if not to nose, when I heard Fox’s Bill O’Reilly claim that the Affordable Care Act “has made it more difficult to create full-time jobs in America,” (around 2:30 in the… Read more

OTE welcomes Pope Francis to DC and points out that “pope” spelled backwards is…

September 21st, 2015

…EPOP, or the employment-to-population ratio. More on that interesting connection in a moment. As I’ve written before, this Pontiff has been a stalwart for economic and environmental justice, speaking out specifically against austerity, and calling upon governments to “relaunch the labor market.” Well, I figure that since he gets a lot of this from my… Read more