Professor Robert Bruno, Professor Emily E. LB Twarog, and Frank Manzo IV discuss state and local initiatives to support workers. Topics include the minimum wage, paid sick time, paid safe time, fair scheduling laws, prevailing wage laws, responsible bidder ordinances, local hire ordinances, and other policies. Continue reading “Podcast: All Policy Is Local”
What are the causes of high African-American unemployment, particularly in Illinois? What policies and economic phenomena make a statistical impact on reducing unemployment among African Americans? Continue reading “Podcast: Reducing African-American Unemployment”
A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to understand causes of high African-American unemployment and provide solutions that have proven track records.
A new study finds that public school teachers in Illinois are highly skilled and are compensated accordingly through competitive salaries. Continue reading “Illinois Teachers are Not Overpaid”
Episode 7 of the For A Living Podcast is now available on SoundCloud and on iTunes. Continue reading “Podcast: The “What If?” Episode”
Lowering the wages of construction workers is NOT the way to prosperity.
Continue reading “Lowering Worker Wages is NOT the Answer”
Episode 6 of the For A Living Podcast is now online!
This episode continues last week’s conversation about class, discussing class and the 2016 elections and trends affecting the working class. Continue reading “Podcast: Class and the 2016 Elections with Stephanie Farmer”
The For A Living Podcast is back! This episode asks the question, “What is class?” The podcast is available on iTunes and on SoundCloud. What is class? How do we think about class? What is the working class in the United States? Did U.S. workers … Continue reading Podcast: What Is Class? with Stephanie Farmer, PhD
It is no secret Illinois faces significant financial challenges. A new Policy Brief [PDF] by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute discusses the costs of unfunded pension liabilities and infrastructure deficits in Illinois. Full Report: Illinois’ Two-Headed Beast: Unfunded Pension Liabilities and … Continue reading Illinois’ Two-Headed Beast: Pensions and Infrastructure
Repealing Kentucky’s prevailing wage law would weaken the state’s economy, according to a new study.
Eliminating prevailing wage would cause a pay cut for middle-class workers, qualify more workers for public assistance, slash apprenticeship training, and result in more of Kentucky’s tax dollars going to out-of-state or foreign contractors. Veterans, who populate construction trades at a higher rate than non-veterans, would be particularly impacted if Kentucky were to repeal its prevailing wage standards.
Episode 4 of the For A Living podcast has been posted on iTunes and on SoundCloud. The episode investigates the pros and cons of international trade. Continue reading “Podcast: International Trade Costs and Benefits”
What are so-called “right-to-work” laws? What is the historical background of these laws? What are their policy implications for the working class? Where are current political and legal battles occurring?
Professor Robert Bruno, Professor Emily E. LB Twarog, and I are joined by Dale Pierson, a Chicago-area labor lawyer who has served as General Counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 since 2002, to answer these questions.
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