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This steel industry battle shows why unions are necessary

latimes.com — As we approach Labor Day, the old question about what unions are good for is being played out in the steel industry, where Allegheny Technologies has locked out more than 2,000 workers in an effort to extract sizable concessions on health and retirement benefits from the United Steelworkers union. 

A gerrymandering attempt that went hilariously awry

latimes.com — A terrifically amusing example of how even the best-laid plans of political manipulators can come apart at the seams reaches us from Columbia, Mo. That's where property owners along a commercial strip plotted to create a voting district without voters, only to discover belatedly that the boundaries they drew actually included one lone voter--and she's not in favor of their political goal.

Will new technology translate into real-world gains?

latimes.com — The stock market's gyrations during the last two weeks and the doubts they've raised about the strength of the U.S. economy have revived an old question about innovation and its influence on productivity: If we're really in the midst of a technology boom, how come we're not all doing better?

Planned Parenthood takes us inside the anti-abortion video editing shop

latimes.com — After reeling for weeks from bad publicity tied to a string of heavily-edited videos of meetings with its officials, Planned Parenthood finally has struck back. The women's reproductive healthcare organization on Thursday released a letter and technical report detailing the deceptions embedded within the videos posted by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group.

NLRB gives labor a major win in subcontractor case

latimes.com — As expected, the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday gave workers a major victory in a case over who's the boss when a big company hires a labor subcontractor. We reported on this case last Sunday.

The truth about Carly and Tom: An old adversary's strange defense of Fiorina

latimes.com — Politics makes strange bedfellows, even more so when the relationship is strange to begin with. The observation is prompted by a full-page advertisement placed in Thursday's New York Times by Carly for America, the super-PAC backing former Hewlett-Packard chairman Carly Fiorina's campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Why employers are really cutting healthcare (it's not Obamacare's Cadillac tax)

latimes.com — For employers, the big ogre lurking in the mists of the Affordable Care Act is the so-called Cadillac tax, a levy on employer-sponsored health insurance plans valued above a certain threshold. The tax starts in 2018, when the thresholds will be $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family plans, adjusted thereafter for inflation.
Aug 26, 2015

Why employers are really cutting healthcare (it's not Obamacare's Cadillac tax) buff.ly/1PTq20G #ACA #CadillacTax #OpEd

You really want to privatize Social Security in THIS market?

latimes.com — The enduring mystery about President George W. Bush's old plan to privatize Social Security by moving contributions into individual savings accounts is how it survived two market crashes and decades of underperformance by workers' 401(k) accounts. Yet this idea still walks among us, like a zombie.
Aug 24, 2015

.@hiltzikm: So you Republican candidates really want to privatize Social Security in THIS market?latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Aug 24, 2015

RT @greenhousenyt: .@hiltzikm: So you Republican candidates really want to privatize Social Security in THIS market?latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Market 'turmoil' and the problem of CNBC

latimes.com — "The Dow is trying to stage a recovery here." That's what I heard an anchorperson say on CNBC at about 9 a.m. Monday (noon Eastern time). It was as distilled an indication as one could want of why no normal investor should be anywhere near the financial news network during frenetic trading days like this.
Aug 24, 2015

RT @anatadmati: Market 'turmoil' and the problem of CNBC, "injecting drama into proceedings no matter how artificially." @hiltzikm latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @anatadmati: Market 'turmoil' and the problem of CNBC, "injecting drama into proceedings no matter how artificially." @hiltzikm latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @anatadmati: Market 'turmoil' and the problem of CNBC, "injecting drama into proceedings no matter how artificially." @hiltzikm latimes.com/business/hiltz…

NLRB case asks who's really the boss of subcontractors' workers

latimes.com — While all eyes in the fight over how to define "employee" in the modern workplace are trained on companies such as Uber, an even more important battle involves another Silicon Valley employer - a lowly trash recycling center in Milpitas.
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Aug 31, 2015

This college student had the one vote in America that really mattered--until they took it away from her: fw.to/Gn8xDLT

Aug 31, 2015

This college student had the one vote in America that really matters--thanks to a hilariously fouled up Gerrymander: fw.to/Gn8xDLT

Aug 31, 2015

Oops! of the week: A gerrymandering attempt that went hilariously awry fw.to/Gn8xDLT

Aug 31, 2015

Why do we need unions? This steel industry battle gives the answer: fw.to/6d2WBfe

Aug 31, 2015

Why we need unions: a lesson from today's steel industry fw.to/6d2WBfe

Aug 31, 2015

The steel industry battle that proves why unions are necessary: fw.to/6d2WBfe

Aug 31, 2015

Here's what happens when a gerrymandering attempt goes hilariously awry: fw.to/Gn8xDLT


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