One Million Low-wage Jobs Created in 2014; More Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers Want to Unionize; N.C.A.A. Responds to Athletes Call for Union By Giving Championship Reimbursements to Families

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Sunday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the 2014 jobs report, released last week, showing the best year in job creation. Nearly three million jobs were created since the recession began in 2007, but one million of those the jobs created were in low-wage sectors, including retail, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Toward a Better Job Market in the New Year - New York Times

In an effort to form a union, shuttle drivers from South San Francisco-based Compass Transportation, driving for companies like Amtrak, Apple, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga, want to unionize for better wages and working conditions.   
More Silicon Valley shuttle drivers look to unionize - USA Today

It seems to take a lot for the N.C.A.A. to do practically anything for the athletes that rake in the money for this multi-billion dollar industry. The N.C.A.A. made the decision to reimburse families who traveled to championship games not long after news headlines of college football athletes called for unionization.  
A Threat to Unionize, and Then Benefits Trickle In for Players - New York Times

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