Telling little stories about big stories at the @washingtonpost's @TheStoryline. Labor, mostly.

Minnesota cattle farmer knows all about Cuba — By Lydia DePillisWashington Post Posted: 12/20/2014 12:01:48 PM CST Updated: 12/20/2014 12:01:50 PM CST For a few years there, it looked like Ralph Kaehler might have been able to make a go of it in Cuba, where he started trading long before President Barack Obama's announcement last week that relations between the two countries were finally beginning to thaw.

Labor board takes big step toward helping all McDonald’s employees unionize — Over the last few years of the union-backed drive for higher wages at fast-food restaurants, many commentators have noted the protests ' impact on public perception: The idea of paying $15 an hour no longer seems quite so outlandish as it used to.

Rape on campus: Not as prevalent as it is off campus — College: Awash in booze, governed by frats, treacherous ground for women who fall victim to boorish upperclassmen and end up bruised and violated, with an imperfect system of reporting and justice as their only remedy. Right? That's the picture that has emerged from a year of stories of sexual assault on campus (some meticulously reported and others not so much).

The Camden stimulus — Carlos Merced has lived in Camden, N.J., for 30 of his 34 years. He has worked a lot of jobs in that time, but only one of them - a short stint as a teaching assistant right after he graduated from high school - was actually in Camden.

This is how it feels to torture — Of all the characters in the Senate's report on CIA's harsh interrogation techniques - which many refer to as "torture" - we know the least about those who performed them. The political class is known; the only question is what they knew about the interrogation methods - including waterboarding, and lengthy forced periods without sleep - that CIA employed at secret prisons during the Bush administration.

The dean of American labor reporters explains everything — Last week, veteran New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse - widely regarded as the oldest hand on a beat that's waned with the power of organized labor itself - announced he was taking a buyout, and will work on another book about workers (the last one is six years old, after all).

When your mom and dad are undocumented — The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 4 million undocum ented immigrants will qualify for permission to temporarily live and work in the country under President Obama's new deferred action program. This benefit, a shield against deportation, is primarily aimed at those who have lived in the United States for at least five years and who have children who are U.S.

Police union on Brown and Garner: ‘We don’t believe it’s an issue of race, we believe it’s an issue of poverty’ — Demonstrations are taking hold across the country protesting the decisions of two grand juries not to indict police officers in separate incidents that resulted in the deaths of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

It’s not just fast food: The Fight for $15 is for everyone now — RaAnah Killebrew, 23, is already paying off debt. Not from college, or buying a car, or too many fancy electronics. Just the basics - back rent and utility bills. Working two minimum wage jobs in Pittsburgh, at McDonalds and Dunkin' Donuts, she had to drop out of culinary school and move in with an aunt.

What a housekeeper at Harvard’s hotel tells us about inequality — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A couple of miles from the campuses of Harvard and MIT, in a curl of parkways and railroads, the 308-room DoubleTree hotel towers over the Charles River. The lobby inside is gleaming and vaguely academic, with vintage books artfully placed on wall shelves and abstract sculpture hanging from the ceiling.
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Dec 20, 2014

<3 DC RT @Reddy: OH two DC hipsters walking down the street: "Then OPEC decided *not* to cut production. They *know* shale can't make it."

Dec 19, 2014

My cut on the NLRB joint employer decision. So many more steps in a long, long war.…

Dec 19, 2014

Now he should tell his Fed chair to do the same! RT @SarahMMimms: Obama takes questions only from female reporters in final presser of 2014

Dec 19, 2014

Super useful guys RT @eilperin: This is the scrum in the WH briefing room right now:

Dec 19, 2014

Meanwhile, unions have been BUSY, filing gobs of new cases against McDonalds every month:…

Dec 19, 2014

Money graf: McDonalds' "nationwide response" to #Fightfor15 protests PROVED it was a joint employer

Dec 19, 2014

And here's why the joint employer thing matters: McDonalds can't pretend everything is its franchisees' fault…

Dec 19, 2014

Yep, here it is: @NLRB sues McDonalds for labor violations as a joint employer with its franchisees:…

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