Labor and workplace reporter for NY Times. Ex-TNR. Author of The Escape Artists, book on Obama admin & economy. noamscheiber@gmail.com

May 2015 Contents: Great Walks

washingtonian.com — Volume 50, Number 8 Cover Story City scenes, wetland paths, rocky trails-here are 20 options, from low-impact to seriously strenuous, for stretching out your legs. Edited by Sherry Dalphonse. Features Long before House of Cards, there was an actor with surprisingly earnest ambitions about DC.

Nationwide protest on pay a test for politicians and unions

twincities.com — The protests by tens of thousands of low-wage workers, students and activists in more than 200 U.S. cities Wednesday is the most striking effort to date in a 2 1/2-year-old labor-backed movement that is testing the ability of unions to succeed in an economy populated by easily replaceable service-sector workers.

In Test for Unions and Politicians, a Nationwide Protest on Pay

nytimes.com — The protests by tens of thousands of low-wage workers, students and activists in more than 200 American cities on Wednesday is the most striking effort to date in a two-and-a-half-year-old labor-backed movement that is testing the ability of unions to succeed in an economy populated by easily replaceable service sector workers.

Wage Effort Poses Test for Clinton Campaign

nytimes.com — The grass-roots energy building around the minimum wage issue may upend Hillary Rodham Clinton's plans to ease into proposing specific economic policies. The issue will be in the foreground on Wednesday, when fast-food and other low-wage workers plan a nationwide walkout that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to rally support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Kris Bryant, the Baseball Players’ Union and a Lesson for Labor

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - The Chicago Cubs opened the 2015 season Sunday night with a 3-0 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals, and one glaring absence: Kris Bryant, the team's budding superstar. The Cubs sent Bryant down to Triple-A last week, setting off a 21st-century-style labor dispute.

Candidates and Wealthy Are Aligned on Inequality

nytimes.com — Appearing at a candidate forum in late January, three likely Republican presidential contenders - Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul - all made a striking confession: They considered "the increasing gap between rich and poor" to be a problem.

Public Pension Cuts Exempt Police and Firefighters

cnbc.com — In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin introduced a bill that would roll back collective bargaining rights for government workers and require them to contribute more toward their own pensions and health coverage. He excluded police officers and firefighters from the legislation, known as Act 10, which he signed the following month.

T-Mobile Policy Violated Labor Law, Judge Rules

nytimes.com — A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled on Wednesday that the personnel policies of the wireless carrier T-Mobile violate United States labor law by restricting workers' ability to organize, setting a potentially important precedent for unions.

Police Officers and Firefighters Are Exceptions to New Public Sector Rules

nytimes.com — In recent weeks, Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois has traveled the state promoting his proposal for more than $2 billion in cuts to pensions for public employees. All public employees, that is, except police officers and firefighters.

Crecimiento del empleo para hispanos supera al de otros grupos en Estados Unidos

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - La economía estadounidense sumó casi 300 mil empleos en febrero, así que es evidente que el mercado laboral está de buena racha. Quizá sorprendentemente no hay un grupo para el cual eso sea más cierto que para los hispanos.
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Apr 21, 2015

and after the experience of Obama, most progressives feel like personnel = policy. 4/

Apr 21, 2015

and most importantly, the advisors a lot of progressives feel hijacked Obama's economic policy are close to Hillary. 3/

Apr 21, 2015

the reservations about Hillary are three-fold: she took some pro-Wall St. positions as a senator; she's raised a lot of money from Wall St.

Apr 21, 2015

.@neeratanden et al have a fair point that Hillary's embraced some of these populist issues for much longer than she gets credit for. 1/

Apr 21, 2015

Great stuff from @amychozick trying to sort out Hillary's populist pedigree: nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/…

Apr 20, 2015

interesting @fmanjoo interview w/Stewart Butterfield about Slack's $2.8bn valuation: bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/is-…

Apr 20, 2015

@ThePlumLineGS Also, think abt how today is different from the 70s. Comparing pub opinion on redist'n pre- and post-reagan makes no sense.

Apr 20, 2015

You're dealing w/2, possibly 3, completely different eras. Economists get this on econ policy, like inflation. Apparently not pub opinon.

Apr 20, 2015

I'd just add that saying support for income redistribution hasn't changed since 70s even as inequal has increased makes no sense.

Apr 20, 2015

.@JohnCassidy makes the key, overlooked point on public support for income redistribution: newyorker.com/news/john-cass…

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