● Social Security trustees report shows why we should expand the program—not look for excuses to cut it.
● Costco has raised its minimum wage to $14 an hour.
● Editorial staff at the New Yorker are seeking a union:
The group includes copy editors, web producers, fact-checkers, photo and design staff, the social-media and publicity teams, editorial assistants, and assistant editors. Management and senior-level employees are excluded, as are staff writers, whose job title would not escape the red pen of the magazine’s fact department: Writers at TheNew Yorker are nearly all independent contractors, rather than staff, and thus do not receive health care or other benefits, despite being largely prevented from writing for other outlets.
● Labor’s new terrain: Working on the supply chain gang.
A factory fire recently illustrated just how vulnerable are the supply chains at the heart of the global economy. The fire was at a single supplier—yet it forced Ford to temporarily halt production of the nation’s bestselling truck, the F-150.
Think how much leverage workers could have if we acted like the fire.
● Rank-and-file union members are leading another massive strike. This time, it’s AT&T workers.