“Texas is not a red state. Texas is a nonvoting state looking for a reason to vote.”
Egberto Willies gives us another way to think about the “inevitable” blue-ing of Texas.
#MustRead: Why the economy is failing most Americans
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is quickly ascending to Bill Clinton-esque heights as the new Great Explainer.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians locked out in labor dispute
14 of the world’s top composers offer their support.
Lena Dunham criticized for asking performers to work for free
Outcry on Twitter pressures Girls creator to change plans for asking book tour performers to work gratis.
“Wisconsin’s new voter ID law could keep me from voting at age 87″
A handicapped woman’s account of what she’s had to go through to cast a vote in Walker’s Wisconsin.
Secret Goldman Sachs recordings reveal massive influence of banks on regulators
Author Michael Lewis: “The Ray Rice video for the financial sector has arrived.”
The “test reform” movement pushes back on high stakes testing
Efforts around the country emblematic of a cultural pushback against corporate-backed “school reform.”
3 things Chelsea Clinton will have after giving birth that many women don’t
We’ve seen the photos. But what about all those mothers without child care and maternity leave?
Hyatt pays $1 million in deal to end boycott
98 Boston housekeepers will be paid in settlement to end boycott that cost the chain more than $6 million.
Majority of employers think it’s time to raise the minimum wage
CareerBuilder survey even finds 60 percent of senior level managers think the minimum wage is too low.
Eight major clothing brands pledge to pay more so Cambodian garment workers can get a raise
Zara, H&M among group saying they will pay more for goods.
CHART: It’s a great time to be rich
The top 1% control as much of the economy as they did in 1929.
Yahoo, Yelp, and Facebook follow Google in cutting ALEC ties
But they still have a lot to atone for: corporate membership is at least $7,000 to $25,000.
Bill Clinton publicly criticizes charter schools
Also downplays the need to test: ”I think doing one in elementary school, one in the end of middle school and one before the end of high school is quite enough if you do it right.”
Walmart rewarding workers who contribute to their PAC
OUR Walmart and others asking FEC to investigate the practice.
Los Angeles passes living wage for hotel workers
By a 12-3 vote, the Los Angeles City Council mandates a $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers.
Google formally cuts ties with ALEC
After helping fund voter suppression and ant-immigration laws, apparently it was climate change denial that was the last straw for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Student debt could reduce home sales by 8% this year
Prediction: Mitch McConnell and other senators who filibustered Elizabeth Warren’s student loan refinancing bill will somehow blame this on Obama.
Faculty at University of Minnesota organizing to join union
Group called “University of Minnesota Academics United” helping lead the charge.
Uber drivers take to the street in New York City
As the company lowers prices to undercut cabs, drivers are the ones taking the financial hit.
It’s up to the courts now
Voter ID cases are causing uncertainty for voters in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and elsewhere.
The invisible low wage workforce in Silicon Valley
Janitors, security guards, and other low-wage tech workers stage demonstrations at iPhone 6 launch events.
Wisconsin under Walker is $1.8 billion in the red
Is this what fiscal responsibility looks like, Gov. Walker?
Biggest climate rally in history
Initial count: 310,000 people marched in New York City on Sunday to call for action on climate change.
Another world is (still) possible
Five ways Occupy Wall Street’s influence is still being felt.
Oregon’s minimum wage will automatically rise to $9.25 in 2015 to keep up with the cost of living.
Rebuilding the labor board
NLRB member Sharon Block is on her way to returning to the board after the Supreme Court invalidated her appointment.
Which CEOs rip off their workers the most?
Spoiler alert: it’s fast food. Not even close.
What’s the matter with home health care work?
Why it’s a big deal that California’s paid sick days law excludes low-wage health workers.
CFPB takes on Corinthian College
Consumer bureau accuses for-profit college of misleading students into taking unaffordable loans.
Airport union fight escalates
Dozens of JFK Airport workers go on strike, say management is retaliating against them for wanting to join SEIU 32BJ.
We always knew she was a genius
Incredible organizer and Working America board member Ai-Jen Poo awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant.
Even in red states, some candidates don’t dare oppose minimum wage increases
It’s too unpopular not to! GOP Senate candidates in Alaska and Arkansas support minimum wage increases.
Ohio early voting schedule set
Court order keeps Secretary of State John Husted from running amok–famous “Golden Week” restored, where you can register and cast a ballot early.
Fast food owners: Help us, Congress!
The International Franchise Association (IFA) is lobbying Congressional leaders to fight back against fast food strikers and NLRB decisions that make franchises liable for how they treat workers.
Four more companies leave ALEC
Raytheon, Sempra Energy, Illinois Tool Works, and Southern California Edison all cut ALEC ties. Even under pressure, Google remains.
Polling confirms what we already knew about the Kochs
Being tied to the Koch Brothers is becoming a huge problem for key Republican Senate candidates
The horrible truth about American elections in one chart
Spending more money is the best determinant of victory in an American election, and only 0.13 percent of the population provides that money.
Ridiculous education official in Ohio thinks considers StudentsFirst “neutral”
Seriously? Pro-charter, pro-privatization group is being allowed to advise parents on school closings.
A Pennsylvania cyber school tried (and failed) to stop a union election.