The Poverty & Race Research Action Council recently organized a forum around Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit’s recent book, Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right. They asked several well-known figures from the labor and civil rights worlds, plus some academics and public interest group leaders, to provide their commentaries on the article below, a précis of the book. Excerpts of this interesting and useful conversation appear below, with a full version available in the Poverty & Race Research Action Council newsletter.READ MORE
Vice-President for Programs Greg Anrig's piece in the Pacific Standard:
The Chicago teachers’ strike, which is now entering its second week, represents more than a simple dispute about pay and benefits, as many observers have noted. It’s more like a gauntlet thrown down against the entire education reform agenda—the broad centrist policy movement that seeks to bring merit pay, metrics, pink slips for underperformance, and other business school concepts to the American schoolhouse. Indeed, one of the main sticking points in the dispute is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s desire to tie a substantial part of teachers’ professional evaluations—as much as 40 percent—to their students’ performance on standardized tests.READ MORE
This is a transcript of a conversation, taped May 9, 2012, featuring Century Foundation fellow Amy Dean, Century Foundation senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg, and Richard Bensinger, acting organizing director for the United Auto Workers union.READ MORE
Bernard Wasow analyzes the causes of slow wage growth and looks at which Americans are losing out because of it. First published in July 2004, this publication was updated in May 2008.READ MORE
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