The Hobby Lobby Decision and Unintended Consequences...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's the reason for nearly 8 million workers dropping out of the labor force since late 2007? And more importantly, what are we going to do about it? A series of studies over the past year have found that aging explains about half of the post-2007 drop in labor force participation, but what about the other half? According to William Galston of the Brookings Institute, a major economic solution should be to focus on creating a better balance between "rewards to labor and returns to capital." 
Saving the Vanishing American Worker - Wall Street Journal

Child labor violations have just taken an unexpected spin and may become a lot worse due to the Hobby Lobby decision. A Mormon fundamentalist has been exempt from testifying in a child labor investigation, successfully citing the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision in his ruling. 
FDLS Successfully Cites Hobby Lobby Decision in Child Labor Suit - Time

Despite the issue of income inequality and broken child labor law protections, labor won a major victory this week when American Airlines customer-service agents voted overwhelmingly for union representation. About 14,000 employees from US Airways and American Airlines will now be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Teamsters.
American Airlines customer-service agents OK union - USA Today

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