Labor and such at the @washingtonpost. Holler: lydia.depillis@washpost.com

The most interesting part of Warren Buffett’s 50th annual letter to shareholders

washingtonpost.com — Warren Buffett's annual letters to shareholders, in advance of Berkshire Hathaway's festive shareholder meeting, are usually studded with nuggets of investment advice in between updates on how portfolio companies have fared.

Why Wal-Mart decided to finally pay its workers more

washingtonpost.com — In the wake of Wal-Mart's announcement last week that it would be raising its entry-level wage to $10 an hour by next year, there's been lots of speculation about why the company did it: Is the labor market really tightening? Or did activist pressure force it to yield?

The airline industry recovered from Sept. 11, but the people who make airplane meals haven’t

washingtonpost.com — When you look out from your little airplane window, and you see the little trucks labeled Sky Chefs or Gate Gourmet rushing to deliver trays of frozen chicken and beef, you probably just want them to move faster. Terrold Turner, who drives one at Philadelphia Airport, just wishes he was paid more.

Why companies are rewarding shareholders instead of investing in the real economy

washingtonpost.com — If you've noticed the steep upward trajectory of the stock market over the past few years, looked around and wondered why cash doesn't appear to be raining down upon your friends and neighbors, you'd be justified in wondering: What's going on here? If corporate America is doing so well, shouldn't we feel like things are getting better, too?

Moms are the real wage-gap victims

tampabay.com — Sunday night at the Academy Awards, actress Patricia Arquette brought down the house during her acceptance speech for some socioeconomic commentary on wage inequality. "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," proclaimed Arquette, whose role as a working mother in Boyhood earned her a Best Supporting Actress award.

Patricia Arquette gets it: The real gender wage gap is for moms

stltoday.com — (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Sunday night at the Academy Awards, actress Patricia Arquette brought down the house during her acceptance speech for some socioeconomic commentary on wage inequality. "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," proclaimed Arquette, whose role as a working mother in "Boyhood" earned her a Best Supporting Actress award.

Patricia Arquette gets it: The real gender wage gap is for moms

washingtonpost.com — Last night at the Academy Awards, actress Patricia Arquette brought down the house in her acceptance speech for some socioeconomic commentary on wage inequality. "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," she proclaimed.

The rise of the non-compete agreement, from tech workers to sandwich makers

washingtonpost.com — A few months ago, the Huffington Post reported on a surprising piece of the standard employment contract at Jimmy John's: A "non-competition" clause, preventing employees from working at any other shop within three miles that sells sandwiches for two years after they leave.

Labor fight at West Coast ports comes to an end - for now

washingtonpost.com — Last night, the owners of 29 West coast shipping terminals and the union of dockworkers that staff them reached a tentative deal for a new contract, after nine months of negotiations that culminated in four days of meetings with two cabinet secretaries.

DHS funding battle weighs on local governments

twincities.com — By Lydia DePillisWashington Post Posted: 02/20/2015 12:01:00 AM CST Updated: 02/20/2015 09:51:11 PM CST The city of Saginaw, Mich., has an arson problem. The former manufacturing hub is filled with vacant properties, the result of losing 48 percent of its residents over a 50-year period, as jobs disappeared and more homes went into foreclosure.
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Mar 01, 2015

Do Berkshire Hathaway shareholders know something that the rest of America's investors don't? washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

Feb 27, 2015

In a week of internet-borne ridiculousness, there were moments to celebrate. Including this piece by @Jacob_Brogan: slate.com/articles/techn…

Feb 27, 2015

Amazing site I discovered while researching the in-flight catering industry: airlinemeals.net

Feb 27, 2015

People who make airplane meals took a pay cut to keep airlines afloat. The industry recovered, but they never did. washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

Feb 27, 2015

RT @AnnieLowrey: Someone should open an all-you-can-eat restaurant with little-kid food and Cokes and call it Warren Buffet, though.

Feb 26, 2015

That feeling of logging on to twitter and not having any idea to figure out what everyone is actually talking about

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