|For the Week of October 31, 2016|
|Striking dining hall workers at Harvard University were welcomed back by students late last week after a three-week strike that won them the right to a $35,000 “minimum salary” and halted all increases to health care costs, report the Harvard Crimson and the Washington Post. A longer piece in the Atlantic delves into the tactics of striking at the wealthiest university in the United States.
“The nearly four-decade-old transition from employer-sponsored pensions to individual 401(k) plans has been a failure for all but the wealthiest Americans and ... something needs be done – soon.” That was the Los Angeles Times a few months ago, underscoring the importance of employer-sponsored defined benefit pensions – the traditional plans unions back. But, reports Capital & Main, the Times is attacking public-sector pensions, demonstrating how schizophrenic the discussion over pensions has become.
Harvard workers on the picket line
(courtesy of Harvard Student Labor Action Movement)
The union representing UC clerical and food service workers is grilling UC over how low wages are leading to food insecurity, reports the Daily Nexus, UCSB’s student newspaper.
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