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Power, Wages, and Inequality

Arthur Macewan Dollars and Sense
The American labor market is characterized by high levels of employer power.

Justice Alito’s Invisible Women

Linda Greenhouse New York Times
If a half-century of progress toward a more equal society, painstakingly achieved across many fronts by many actors, can be so easily jettisoned with the wave of a few judicial hands, the problem to worry about isn’t the court’s. It’s democracy’s. It’s ours.

The Poor at the Crossroads

Liz Theoharis Tom Dispatch
The poor are what Dr. King once called “a new and unsettling force” capable of transforming “our complacent national life.”

New York Must Fight for Equity — The Real Kind

Tiffany Cabán New York Daily News
The goal isn’t merely eliminating barriers to ascending the strata, but rather flattening the hierarchy altogether. If “equity” is to be a worthwhile word, it will have to mean de-stratifying the systems that impose sexist and racist hierarchies.

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Young Workers Give Unions New Hope

Dee-Ann Durbin ABC News
Between 2019 and 2021, the overall percentage of U.S. union members stayed flat. But the percentage of workers ages 25-34 who are union members rose from 8.8% to 9.4%, or around 68,000 workers, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Transformative Green New Deal Requires Inclusive Manufacturing

Carl Davidson, Bill Fletcher Jr. and Nina Gregg The Nation
Without a new approach to manufacturing, we may protect the environment better but continue to reinforce racial and economic inequality. Manufacturing is the only economic sector that can generate new wealth for communities currently shut out

National Report on the Teaching of Reconstruction

Zinn Education Project Zinn Education Project
The dominant and distorted scholarship framed Reconstruction as an illegitimate enterprise that failed to sustain multiracial democracy. For much of the 20th century, this bogus history was used to justify denying Black people full citizenship.

Union Membership Resumes its Fall

Doug Henwood LBO News
Unions raise wages and benefits and increase job security. So, the fact that unionization rates are still in decline, despite some recent bright spots in worker militancy, is very bad news.

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

Michelle D. Holmes, M.D., DRPH The American Prospect
We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.
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