Workers & Economic Inequality

GOTD: Why Unemployed Workers Can’t Just “Get a Job”

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on January 16, 2014

On December 28, roughly 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance after Congress failed to renew an emergency program that would have extended benefits for the long-term jobless. Policy associate Benjamin Landy shows the condescension of "solutions" telling the unemployed to simply "get a job." 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

How To Pay For Unemployment Benefits

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on January 16, 2014

Congress was finally able to pass a budget deal late last year, meaning there will be no more government shutdowns for the foreseeable future, at least for now. The deal did not extend long-term unemployment benefits, however, Blogger Zachary Bernstein offers solutions to help pay for these important services. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

After All Is Said and Done, More Was Said than Done

Blog Post by: Daniel Alpert , on January 15, 2014

"An alarming proportion of the new job creation we saw in the first three quarters of 2013 were in low wage-paying sectors," writes fellow Daniel Alpert in his latest jobs report. The report looks at findings surrounding jobs created last year, and how the labor force and wages play into the report. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Port Authority Woes

Blog Post by: Richard C. Leone , on January 15, 2014

Former TCF president and current senior fellow Richard C. Leone writes about Chris Christie's ongoing scandal after the jamming of the George Washington Bridge at the Huffington Post.

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Additional Focus

Does the Death of Net Neutrality Mean the Death of Political Freedom?

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 15, 2014

The federal appeals court decision to allow telecom companies to broker deals for faster Internet speeds has major consequences for political freedom in the United States, writes blogger Jill Silos-Rooney

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Defeating Detroit’s Morale Problem

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on January 14, 2014

Six months ago, Detroit became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. To follow the news as the media reported it, with profile after profile of the Motor City’s pension woes and declining industrial base, it seemed all but inevitable. What do we do now? Jacob Anbinder wonders what symptoms can identify a city on the brink of collapse, and ways to cushion the impact. 

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Rediscovering Government

The Deteriorating Labor Market Fortunes of America's Teens, 2002-2012, the Decline in Our International Position and the Consequences for Future Young Adult Employment in Our Nation

Blog Post by: Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Walter McHugh , on January 13, 2014

The past decade in the United States (2000-2010) has been referred to by a number of economists and other social scientists as a “lost decade”.1 The total number of wage and salary payroll jobs in the private and public sectors combined in the nation in 2010 was lower than it was in 2000. This compares to gains of 19 million and 22 million jobs, respectively, in the prior two decades, Both median real household and family income in the nation failed to register any increase over the decade and income inequality tended to worsen.     

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#TCFBest: January 11, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 11, 2014

#TCFBest is back with the best reads from around the web. Notice anything missing? Any mention of Chris Christie and #Bridgegate. Wired sums up the entire state of the Snowden leaks to date, with an article detailing the lay of the NSA land, and who they might’ve angered (everyone). The Atlantic sticks to generalizations as they group every war movie together into one sweeping montage. Dissent Magazine highlights two paths for the labor movement, and how its agenda can grow in 2014 and beyond. Discuss.

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A West Virginian Recalls ‘Chemical Valley’

Blog Post by: Joe Miller , on January 10, 2014

Joe Miller writes about the massive chemical spill threatening West Virginia today, leaving thousands of residents without water. Miller recollects his experience growing up near "Chemical Valley," which made its name as a dangerous place to live. 

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Mike Cassidy’s 5 P’s of a Successful Internship

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 10, 2014

2014 summer internship class of The Century Foundation

Vince Vaughn movies notwithstanding, college internships are increasingly becoming a mandatory prerequisite for students who hope to find gainful employment after graduation. No longer is it enough to have stellar transcripts or impressive extracurriculars. Employers want experience, early and often. Former TCF intern and blogger Mike Cassidy describes his experience as an intern and offers advice for ways other organizations can provide similar successes.

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