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Union Chief Calls for a ‘Reawakening’ (The Hill)
Kevin Bogardus looks at the AFL-CIO’s plan to reinvigorate the labor movement. He speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren, who says that giving more organizations membership in the federation is meant to signal a desire to make the movement broader.
Verizon-F.C.C. Court Fight Takes On Regulating Net (NYT)
Edward Wyatt speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford, who asks whether the U.S. government has good reason to keep the Internet open and accessible. She says yes, as does the F.C.C., but Verizon claims that limiting Internet access is free speech.
‘Our agenda is America’s agenda,’ Warren Tells Unions (MSNBC)
Ned Resnikoff looks at Senator Warren’s speech at the AFL-CIO convention on Sunday, in which she called for a minimum wage increase, stricter financial regulation, and more. It’s difficult to disagree with the AFL-CIO President’s sentiment: “If we could only clone her.”
Indiana Right-to-Work Law Ruled Unconstitutional by State Judge (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Andrew Harris reports on the ruling, which overturned a law making it a crime to charge union dues as a condition of employment. It turns out that it’s unconstitutional to require a union to provide services to workers without compensation.
The Demolition of Brewster-Douglass and Our Abandonment of the Working Poor (Pacific Standard)
Anna Clark looks at the history of the first federally funded public housing project for African Americans, which has its origins in the New Deal. She sees the shift from public housing to Section 8 vouchers as part of a larger policy shift that ignores the needs of the poor.
Left With Nothing (WaPo)
Michael Sallah, Debbie Cenziper, and Steven Rich investigate a DC practice of selling liens on delinquent property tax bills, which has led to over 500 foreclosures. In one case, a 76 year old man with dementia lost the home he had owned outright for 20 years over an $134 tax bill.
Republicans Try to Cut Food Stamps as 15% of U.S. Households Face Hunger (The Atlantic)
Jordan Weissmann reports that while the economy is slowly recovering, food insecurity is holding steady. Meanwhile, the GOP wants to cut at least $40 billion from SNAP over the next ten years, which would kick 4 to 6 million Americans off the rolls.
The Cost of Cash, for the Rich and the Poor (The New Yorker)
David Wolman looks at a study on the costs of obtaining cash, in time and money. Low-income individuals spend more time and more money obtaining their money then anyone else, and they can’t really spare the change.