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Uber settles cases with concessions, but drivers stay freelancers

Uber settles cases with concessions, but drivers stay freelancers
bostonglobe.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Uber has long been embroiled in a debate over the status of its drivers: Should they be independent contractors or full-time employees? Uber says that as independent contractors, its drivers get flexibility. Their freelancer status also lets the company sidestep the costs of full-time employees, including paying minimum wage and the employers' share of Social Security.

Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers

Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers
nytimes.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Uber has long been embroiled in a debate over the status of its drivers: Should they be independent contractors or full-time employees? Uber says that as independent contractors, its drivers get flexibility. Their freelancer status also lets the company sidestep the costs of full-time employees, including paying minimum wage and the employers' share of Social Security.

In Verizon strike, blue-collar stress hits the sidewalks - The Santa Fe New Mexican: News

In Verizon strike, blue-collar stress hits the sidewalks - The Santa Fe New Mexican: News
santafenewmexican.com — The roughly 36,000 Verizon workers who went on strike Wednesday as a contract dispute entered its ninth month have brought into sharp relief one of the most fundamental questions facing the United States: Can an economy in the throes of dizzying technological change be a source of new middle-class jobs for blue-collar workers?

In Verizon Strike, Blue-Collar Stress Hits the Sidewalks

In Verizon Strike, Blue-Collar Stress Hits the Sidewalks
nytimes.com — By contrast, the wireless business, which is largely not unionized and where wages and benefits for rank-and-file workers are lower on average, is booming and highly profitable. Over the last few years, Verizon's wireless business has consistently grown at least 7 percent a year, whereas its wireline business has shrunk slightly - in the last year, about 2 percent.

Two Unions Set Strike Deadline for 36,000 Verizon Workers

Two Unions Set Strike Deadline for 36,000 Verizon Workers
nytimes.com — Two unions representing roughly 36,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States have set a strike deadline of Wednesday morning, saying they have made little progress with management in the more than eight months since their most recent contracts expired. The announcement sets up what would be one of the largest strikes in recent years.

Why Parental Leave Policies Are Changing

Why Parental Leave Policies Are Changing
nytimes.com — A news article posted on Tuesday, San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave, by Thomas Fuller, described a groundbreaking law that will give parents six weeks of fully paid leave when they have a new baby. Readers responded vigorously on Facebook, some to applaud the law and others to chide the United States for not offering such benefits as a matter of course.

$15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried

$15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried
nytimes.com — "If you took the wages down and cut them in half, it would make it easier for certain businesses," he said. "But you can't function that way, because we're a community." Mr. Brown, who worked out the deal with top legislators and labor leaders, said the risks were worth it.

New rule will require employers to disclose use of anti-union consultants

New rule will require employers to disclose use of anti-union consultants
seattletimes.com — The Labor Department said the rule is necessary because workers are frequently in the dark about who is trying to sway them when they exercise their labor rights. Share story WASHINGTON - The Labor Department on Wednesday released the final version of a rule requiring employers to disclose relationships with the consultants they hire to help persuade workers not to form a union or support a union's collective-bargaining position.

Rule to Require Employers to Disclose Use of Anti-Union Consultants

Rule to Require Employers to Disclose Use of Anti-Union Consultants
nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - The Labor Department on Wednesday released the final version of a rule requiring employers to disclose relationships with the consultants they hire to help persuade workers not to form a union or support a union's collective bargaining position.

Why Sanders Trails Clinton Among Minority Voters

Why Sanders Trails Clinton Among Minority Voters
nytimes.com — Perhaps a better explanation for Mr. Sanders's divergent performance is that while African-Americans and white working-class Democrats are experiencing broadly similar economic trends, they interpret them differently. A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last week found that African-Americans rated the economy as good by a ratio of about four to one, versus about two to one for white Democrats and an even narrower margin for white Democrats without a college degree.
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May 02, 2016

Dear Christie aides: not necessary to say he'd be willing to serve as Trumps running mate. Wasn't exactly unclear nyti.ms/1TbQvpt

Apr 30, 2016

Seemed funny, but want to wait and hear what Valerie Jarrett thought before I pass judgment.

Apr 30, 2016

Possible that Donald Trump finally decided to run for president because Obama insulted him at that correspondents dinner a few yrs ago?

Apr 30, 2016

If Obama were a better dancer, he could never have been elected president.

Apr 30, 2016

Thought she was a crazy person. Then Venus showed up after dinner. She said, "This is my sister Venus." Venus waved. We all said "Hi Venus."

Apr 30, 2016

My best correspondents dinner experience: sitting next to Serena Williams' sister. The one that's not Venus. Learned something that year...

Apr 30, 2016

Wait, the correspondents dinner is on CNN now? Did they have to bid for it?

Apr 29, 2016

This is delightful--essentially, Prince doing Chappelle doing Prince nytimes.com/2016/04/28/art…


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