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Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car

April 9, 2014
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303847804579479930243974564?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303847804579479930243974564.html%3Fmod%3DWSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWha
Wall Street Journal
Cities in Silicon Valley, Elsewhere Crack Down on Vehicle Dwellers Driven Out of Apartments by Rents

Tidbits - April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014
Portside
Reader Comments - NLRB and UAW-Volkswagen; Supreme Court and McCutcheon decision; Full employement, jobs, trade, economic policy; Sports, gender and homophobia; NASA study and climate change; Portside discussion - Bernie Sanders for President (Jack Kurzweil); Announcements: Canadian Ecosocialist Ian Angus speaking in Oakland - April 25th

Operatic Drama Swells in Labor Talks at the Met

April 8, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/arts/music/operatic-drama-swells-in-met-labor-talks.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0
The New York Times
An offstage drama that has been playing out in New york City has highlighted the difficult economics of opera in the 21st century, which have forced several companies in the United States to close or scale back. In the city, a spate of recent emails between labor and management at the Metropolitan Opera and a review of the opera house’s financial statements have pulled back the curtain a bit on life at the Met, one of the most important opera houses in the world.

Workers on the Edge

April 8, 2014
http://prospect.org/article/workers-edge
The American Prospect
It is a common myth that the shift to precarious, irregular employment reflects either the structure of the new, digital economy or the preferences of workers themselves. But in reality, most contingent work is the result of efforts by employers to undermine wages, job protections and worker bargaining power.

Continental Drift: Europe’s Breakaways

April 8, 2014
http://dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/continental-drift-europes-breakaways/
Dispatches From the Edge
While the U.S. and its allies may rail against the recent referendum in the Crimea that broke the peninsula free of Ukraine, Scots will consider a very similar one on Sept. 18, and Catalans would very much like to do the same. So would residents of South Tyrol, and Flemish speakers in northern Belgium.

Obama's Record Deportations an Effort to Appease Republicans?

April 8, 2014
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/08-3
Common Dreams
As the New York Times highlights, contrary to the administration's claims that its "Secure Communities" deportation program is focused on “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community," a stunning two-thirds of the two million deportation cases since Obama took office have in reality involved people who were guilty of only "minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all."

Workers on the Edge

April 7, 2014
http://prospect.org/article/workers-edge
The American Prospect
Payroll fraud and the shift to contingent employment are robbing workers of wages, benefits, and job security—and stealing revenues owed to government.

Greece Not Even Getting By

April 7, 2014
http://mondediplo.com/2014/04/13greece
Le Monde diplomatique
The jobs aren’t there any more. Anyone lucky enough to find work must accept whatever rate of pay they are offered. There’s nowhere, no way, to fight.

It’s Still Bad for the Long-Term Unemployed

April 7, 2014
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/its-still-bad-for-the-long-term-unemployed/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
economix.blogs.nytimes.com
About 7.4 million Americans – up from 7.2 million as of November – are working part-time but would like to be working full-time.

Rwanda's Women Make Strides 20 Years After the Genocide

April 7, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/apr/07/rwanda-women-empowered-impoverished
theguardian.com
A majority parliamentary presence, constitutional support, a drive to tackle gender-based violence – post-genocide Rwanda seems a good place to be a woman. But the reality is more complex.

Pat Fitzgerald Urges Against Union

April 6, 2014
http://espn.go.com/chicago/college-football/story/_/id/10734087/pat-fitzgerald-urges-northwestern-wildcats-players-vote-union
ESPN
Northwestern players will vote April 25 whether to form a union after the regional director of Chicago's National Labor Relations Board office ruled last month that players are employees of the school and have the right to unionize. Coach Fitzgerald is prohibited from making promises to players about benefits they would receive if they vote against unionizing. He also cannot make any threats or interrogate players on how they will vote.

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