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Wal-Mart Faces Warehouse Horror Allegations and Federal Labor Board Complaint (Salon)
Josh Eidelson reports on Wal-Mart’s no-good, very bad day in labor news. Between allegations of worker safety concerns in California and a National Labor Relations Board complaint about strike retaliation, Wal-Mart started the week with a bang.
Reality Check: Obamacare is Not to Blame for Wal-Mart’s Sluggish Sales (The Guardian)
Heidi Moore thinks it’s ridiculous when big retailers try to use the Affordable Care Act as a scapegoat for their disappointing financial performance. Even if every person who enrolled in the ACA stopped shopping at Wal-Mart, it wouldn’t cause this drop in sales.
Elizabeth Warren to Congress: Grandma “Will Be Left to Starve” If We Cut Social Security (MoJo)
Erica Eichelberger discusses Senator Warren’s speech on the Senate floor yesterday, in which she decried the very idea of cutting Social Security benefits. The Senator insisted that balancing the budget couldn’t come at the expense of seniors.
American Inequality in Six Charts (The New Yorker)
John Cassidy looks at charts shared by presenters at the launch of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth last week. He’s particularly interested in the questions these charts raise about the relationship between inequality and growth.
There is Not Enough Affordable Rental Housing (MetroTrends Blog)
Erika Poethig explains how programs for affordable housing haven’t kept up with the expanding need. She suggests that policy changes like raising the minimum wage will help, but more proactive policy will make a much bigger difference.
Democrats Push For Extending A Lifeline For The Long-Term Unemployed (ThinkProgress)
Bryce Covert reports on the push for extended unemployment benefits. The federal program, which helps support people who have been out of work for more than six months, will otherwise disappear at the end of the year.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch applauds the Machinists Local 751, which voted down a contract despite the risk of lost work. The union saw this contract as an offense to past workers – and a destruction of middle class opportunity for future workers.