2:19 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Paul M. Barrett at Businessweek writes:
The very foundation of the $16 billion-a-year college sports industry is trembling. In a landmark ruling, the National Labor Relations Board said that Northwestern University’s football team has the right to unionize.
The players have a fair case based on the vast revenue they raise for the institutions they attend, the serious medical risks they take, and the time and attention they must devote to fulfill the terms of their bargain – an education for a conference championship, bowl bid, and even possible national championship.
There is, also, the plain reality that the players have very little leverage and that the universities they attend often do not live up to their end of the implicit bargain. That, in fact, they do not provide the players with a university education. As demonstrated by the example of the University of North Carolina:
… where football and basketball players for years were funneled into fake classes that never met.
Still, the ruling raises all sorts of interesting possibilities and scenarios. Will there be work rules limiting the number of times a safety can be called on to blitz or a wideout to go over the middle? Will playing time be limited? Or guaranteed? Unions famously go to battle to save the jobs of employees that management would dearly like to be rid of. So will the union take players out on strike over the right of some third-stringer to get some reps.
And, most intriguing of all, what about right to work states? Will SEC teams vote not to unionize? And, if so, how will a showdown between, say, non-union Alabama and unionized Northwestern work out?
And, will the union – whatever it is called – do for college football what the UAW did for the American automobile industry?
12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Free traders are ecstatic. Negotiators at the 9th World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Bali cheered, hugged, and wept at what they see as the successful culmination of their recent round of talks. “A giant step for businesses large and small,” enthused the CEO of UPS.
Protesters stay home.12:54 PM, Dec 4, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
At the corner of First and H Streets in Northwest Washington, the balloons were all set, hanging stories high in the cold morning air. The inflatable Pepsi and Mountain Dew bottles were twisting in the breeze, and a mini-hoop game was set up. There was even a marching band and Chester the Cheetos Cheetah.
Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Mike Lee, the senator from Utah, gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation last week that demands attention. The takeaway: Candidates need policy ideas that address the concerns of ordinary voters—and they have to campaign, and win, on those ideas. Lee noted that conservative scholars have a number of imaginative proposals that try to address the breakdown of the family, the rising cost of health insurance and higher education, the lengthening suburban commute, and out-of-control entitlement spending.
1:12 PM, Sep 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It has been clear for some time now that big labor is no fan of Obamacare. Now the AFL-CIO has passed a resolution making it official. As Sam Hananel reports for the Associated Press:
8:01 AM, Sep 6, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the numbers, this morning, on August unemployment, the economics, finance, and political priesthoods will commence digging into the entrails to divine Truth.
10:26 AM, Sep 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The celebration of work and the working man and woman feels a little forced this year. Union have, as Kevin Bogardus of The Hill reports:
8:40 AM, Aug 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Nevada AFL-CIO has released a resolution condemning Obamacare and demanding that the president and lawmakers change the law.
"[F]or two years we have sought from the Administration and Congress interpretations to the ACA that merely allows us keep the health plans we currently have: nothing more, nothing less. No special treatment. To date, the Administration has postured on proposals to address the problem, but no proposal to date will actually solve the problem. Our health plans only get worse," the resolution in part reads.
3:50 PM, Jul 15, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Labor Department announced Monday the awarding of $64 million in grants to help unemployment insurance recipients find work more quickly. The funds will be divided up between thirty-eight states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris announced the awards:
8:31 AM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the latest jobs numbers:
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 165,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.
Household Survey Data
10:31 AM, Mar 19, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris addressed the Annual Legislative Conference of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Monday. As part of a scathing attack on attempts to reform public employee labor unions, Harris told a joke that he said was “making the rounds a few years ago”:
6:00 AM, Mar 8, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
For someone who aggressively campaigned on the notion that the Republican party cares disproportionately about the rich, President Obama’s economic scorecard is rather illuminating.