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What a Housekeeper at Harvard’s Hotel Tells Us About Inequality (WaPo)
Lydia DePillis speaks to one of the housekeepers fighting for a union at a DoubleTree owned by Harvard and operated by Hilton. DePillis says that split makes organizing more difficult.
It Is Time for a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights (The Nation)
John Nichols says San Francisco’s model for “jobs with just hours” should be brought to a national scale, though he doubts legislative action will be possible with this Congress.
Illinois, Chicago Could Be on Track for Separate Minimum Wages (Chicago Tribune)
Hal Dardick and Monique Garcia report on the current push for a $13-per-hour minimum wage in Chicago by Mayor Emanuel and a $10-per-hour minimum wage for the state.
The Paid Vacation Route to Full Employment (HuffPo)
Dean Baker suggests that policies that reduce the average number of hours worked would increase demand for labor – and paid vacation and sick leave is an important step.
Underinsurance Remains Big Problem Under Obama Health Law (NYT)
Aaron E. Carroll says underinsurance, in which out-of-pocket costs or deductibles are unaffordably high, is still causing people to skip needed care, which means they aren’t really covered.
Janet Yellen, the Most Important Person in DC in 2015 (CNBC)
If Republicans push through their “Audit the Fed” bill, Ben White says Yellen’s challenging role in communicating complicated policy changes to the markets will only get harder.