Are job-seeker open threads worth reviving?

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Are those job-seeker open threads worth reviving? Is the long-shot chance provided by one more venue for “networking” worth the deflating emotional cost of one more venue for disappointment? [Read more...]

16 Tons and bricks without straw: Christianity Today wants to bring back the company town

An armed guard patrols a mining company town in Alabama in the early 20th century, making sure no miners try to escape into the free economy to purchase contraception.

Christianity Today says it isn’t fair that workers own their wages. It is, after all, a religious company with religious values, and it seems to them to be a violation of their religious values if the pay they pay their workers can be spent on things like alcohol and pornography. Labor law, they say, restricts their religious liberty to ensure that wages they pay are not later spent on anything that would contradict their core religious convictions. [Read more...]

Never side with the boss against the people who handle your food

"I don't mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one."

It’s one thing to ask someone to prepare you a chicken sandwich as an expression of your dislike for gay civil rights. It’s something else entirely to ask people to prepare and deliver you a pizza as an expression of your contempt for the people who prepare and deliver your pizza. [Read more...]

Brian Moritz on the death of newspapers

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At Scholars & Rogues, Brian Moritz shares his story of “Why I left newspapers.” Moritz used to be a beat reporter. I used to be a print and online copyeditor. At this point that’s about like saying he used to be a blacksmith and I used to be an elevator operator. At one point we both loved those jobs, and then, gradually, they became a lot harder to love. [Read more...]

‘Pro-life’ groups still silent on protecting pregnant workers

A few weeks ago we looked at the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 5647), a promising and necessary piece of legislation currently stalled in Congress. You can download a fact sheet on the bill from the National Women’s Law Center, which explains that the PWFA would “let pregnant women continue to do their jobs and [Read More...]

Why aren’t ‘pro-life’ groups backing legal protection for pregnant women?

Sheila Bapat describes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Amber Reeves, a pregnant truck driver … was fired after requesting accommodations in her work duties. Reeves was instructed by her obstetrician not to lift more than 20 pounds, and her job required her to lift up to 75 pounds. She couldn’t perform her regular duties, so [Read More...]

The poor and the needy are selfish and greedy …

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“Companies steal close to 10 billion dollars annually in unpaid overtime.” “It takes an emotional toll, it takes a mental toll, it takes a physical toll.” “College students are facing a roughly $20 billion increase in the cost of their federal loans.” “When you hear a politician promising to exempt the retired and near retired [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Linda J. Bilmes and Shelby Chodos: “Want to stimulate the economy? Let’s hand cash directly to the states“ A state-directed recovery initiative would be the quickest, easiest way to reduce unemployment and get the economy moving again. Congress would simply distribute money to the states, based on population and with no strings attached. Each state [Read More...]


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