There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.
Being young, motivated, and well-educated no longer means being on the path for financial independence today. Especially not in Spain, where many ambitious graduates are refused employment on the grounds of being overqualified. The lucky ones might find an unpaid internship or an underpaid, temporary job that scarcely matches their qualifications.
Given all of this, it’s worth asking: Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?
…the conflict stemmed partly from the perception among some that Google Glass is a symbol of privilege and the rising presence of affluent tech workers in the [San Francisco] community.
…The problem is that the same trends that have exacerbated inequality since 1980—unemployment, juggling multiple jobs and so on—have also made it increasingly difficult for less wealthy Americans to invest the time and other resources needed to sustain a strong marital bond.’
Volkswagen wants to establish works councils at its Chattanooga plant…In Europe, these groups…collaborate on issues such as plant rules, work hours and vacations. In VW’s experience, cooperating with employees through these councils increases productivity and profitability. Because the councils discuss labor issues such as work hours, VW and the UAW have determined that to legally establish them in Chattanooga, the plant must be unionized. This is intolerable to the GOP.
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…the president’s optimism is a welcome shift in tone. Many commentators and members of Congress seem to believe that trying to solve what has become a full-fledged jobs emergency is futile. And of course it would be in the Republicans’ interest to have the president fail. New York Times columnist David Brooks argues that most of those who will get more income through a higher minimum wage live in families that are not below the poverty line. This is said by some to be thoughtful criticism. To the contrary, it reflects a nation desensitized to the plight of its workers.
art: drawing by Jane Nwagbo