Archive for the ‘Wages’ Category

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

Pressures on the Fed

September 1st, 2015

There are so many interesting threads in this Bin Appelbaum piece about the various pressures on the Fed right now, I’m not sure where to start! Re their interest rate liftoff, there’s a lot of angst around what’s likely to be a tiny move—25 basis points. Whussup with that? Economist Alan Blinder, a former Fed… Read more

The NLRB just acted to give some of the most disadvantaged workers in America more bargaining power.

August 27th, 2015

This new National Labor Relations Board decision looks important and potentially very positive for low-wage workers facing a huge bargaining-power deficit with their employers. The Board’s decision held that workers hired by a contractor–Leadpoint in this case–were jointly employed by both the contractor and the contracting company, Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI). From the NLRB: …the Board… Read more