When President Obama told union workers during his Labor Day speech in
Boston on Monday that his executive order will require federal
contractors to extend the number of paid sick leave days, there was
sustained applause. “Right now,” he said, “you have parents who have to
choose between losing income or staying home with a sick child.” The benefits, he added, would apply to 300,000 federal contractors who are currently without such benefits.
A long-awaited plan that addresses Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt load will include projections of how much debt-service the island can pay over the next five years, according to a person with direct knowledge of the proposal.
Look at a list of rags-to-riches billionaires, from Oprah to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, from immigrant investor George Soros to Jay-Z, and you'll see a common thread. They all, by definition, made it.
Unions no longer have the power they once did. Mary Kay Henry, international president of the 2-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), knows that better than anyone. But rather than only doubling down on old ways —organizing employer by employer and bargaining contract by contract in the hopes of lifting stagnant wages and dues-paying membership—SEIU has also embraced a new model.
One of the fastest developing components of Harlem Week is the emphasis
on technology and the “hackathon” forum initiated by Clayton Banks, the
founder of Silicon Harlem. What Banks has been doing for the last
several years is part of a surge from young Black Americans in the