Were you too busy catching up on work to keep up with happenings in the labor world? Fret not, we’ve gathered the best stories for you here. Don’t miss the two gems at the end.
Party like it’s 1999: the U.S. economy added a seasonally-adjusted 292,000 jobs in December, capping the best job creation in the last fifteen years.
New York Gov. Cuomo raises the minimum wage for public university employees in the state (including students) to $15 an hour, raising pay for 28,000 workers. Not to be outdone, De Blasio announces that he will do the same for New York City employees and subcontractors.
Many cities have a klatch of liberal legislators who push for higher minimum wages, paid leave mandates, taxes on plastic bags and the like. By putting them in contact with one another and other community groups, Local Progress has in recent years created a policy feedback loop that’s accelerated the spread of new laws in municipalities across the country. In the absence of federal action on many issues, it’s trying to make local government into something that doesn’t just pick up the trash — but solves some of society’s biggest problems as well.
In retaliation, lobbyists for one bank scaled back a traditionally high-end holiday party they throw for members of Congress and key staffers, downgrading the culinary offerings to mini hot dogs and hamburgers.