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US Manufacturing Is in Trouble

Marty Hart-Landsberg Reports from the Economic Front
Talk of a manufacturing renaissance is nonsense.  And there is no reason, based on Trump administration’s economic policies, to expect one.

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More Americans Are Going on Strike

Sarah Jones New York Magazine
Strike activity surged in 2018 and 2019, marking a 35-year high for the number of workers involved in a major work stoppage over a two-year period.

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How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions

Walter Johnson The New York Review of Books
Over months of contract bargaining, Harvard reached common ground with the union on some issues. But over the course of a recent strike, the university began to lash out in punitive and ominous ways.

Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But Most of Them Kind of Suck

Eric Levitz New York Magazine
Gallup asked 6,600 U.S. workers what they saw as the defining characteristics of a “good” job, then used their answers to construct a “job-quality index.” As measured by the index only 40 percent of Americans currently have “good” jobs.
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