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Why Are College Presidents Treated Like Wall Street CEOs?

Why Are College Presidents Treated Like Wall Street CEOs?
Two decades ago, this week’s report that NYU President John Sexton got a $1 million loan from the school to purchase a Fire Island vacation home would have been a national scandal. Today, it is a sign of the times.
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Federal Judge Issues Crucial Pro-Worker Ruling in 'Black Swan' Unpaid Internship Case

Federal Judge Issues Crucial Pro-Worker Ruling in 'Black Swan' Unpaid Internship Case
A judge has ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated U.S. and New York minimum wage laws by not paying two production interns for work done on the set of the movie “Black Swan.” It is the first major ruling on the illegality of unpaid internships in recent years, challenging a rise in corporate reliance on uncompensated workers.
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Blair Hickman and Jeremy B. Merrill
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Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure

Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure
The U.S. deficit is down more than 50 percent from what President Bush left behind, projections of the rise in medical costs that drove future deficits are way down, the “intellectual foundation” that justified the push for cutting government has collapsed, and the European experiment has shown that budget cuts really just make things worse. Meanwhile, we have two real problems to worry about: unemployment and crumbling infrastructure. Can we finally hire people to fix things?
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Walmart Loophole Could Dump 400,000 Workers Into Already Struggling Medi-Cal

Walmart Loophole Could Dump 400,000 Workers Into Already Struggling Medi-Cal
Women have been hit especially hard by cuts to the Medi-Cal program in recent years. And access to care for women will be even more challenged in coming years if large corporations like Walmart continue to avoid their responsibility to pay a fair share of health care costs under the Affordable Care Act.
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Scott Walker’s Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece

Scott Walker’s Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece
Greece can be seen as a case study of what not to do during troubled economic times: A safety net destroyed, public unions decimated and massive corporate tax breaks that did nothing to help their economy, leading only to skyrocketing unemployment. Now, Wisconsin sadly serves as a parallel study.
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Still Think We Don’t Need Affirmative Action?

Still Think We Don’t Need Affirmative Action?
With the imminence of yet another affirmative action decision by the Supreme Court, the oft-misunderstood and always-controversial law deserves a fresh examination of its merit and importance for all of America. Unfortunately, the balance that affirmative action aims to bring to the American workforce is needed now, perhaps more than ever.
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Supersized Rebellion: Fast Food Workers Stand Up, Walk Out

Supersized Rebellion: Fast Food Workers Stand Up, Walk Out
The resistance to inhumane work conditions and low pay of the fast food industry has been bubbling beneath the surface for some time. The first organized walkout of industry workers happened in New York City last month. The walkouts inspired workers in Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit — with other cities in the planning stages.
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Deficit Fixed: Now Fix the Job, Wage, and Trade Gaps

Deficit Fixed: Now Fix the Job, Wage, and Trade Gaps
The deficit is now down 60 percent as a percent of gross domestic product. It is down more than deficit hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles asked for. This rapid reduction is seriously hurting the economy and jobs, but demands for cuts continue. It is time for Congress and the President to “pivot” to focusing on our real problems: the jobs gap, the wage gap and the trade gap.
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Chemical That Is Banned in Some European Countries Takes IL Worker's Life, Results in Measly $77,200 Fine

Chemical That Is Banned in Some European Countries Takes IL Worker's Life, Results in Measly $77,200 Fine
Illinois-based Phoenix Industrial Cleaning has been fined $77,200 and issued 28 citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker who was overcome by toxic vapors while cleaning a storage tank.
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Caltech Faulted for Unfair Labor Practices at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Caltech Faulted for Unfair Labor Practices at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
“It is astounding that Caltech and JPL, home to the 21st Century’s leadership in science and engineering, could harbor administrative bureaucrats who develop workplace rules similar to those described in Charles Dickins’ 19th Century writings"
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