US Labor Department study underscores positive impact of unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON — On November 11, 2010 The U.S. Department of Labor announced the findings of a multi-year study of the impact of the Unemployment Insurance program in stabilizing the economy during a deep recession. The study was commissioned by the department and undertaken by IMPAQ International LLC and the Urban Institute. Read more »

Report Shows Recovery Act Worked, Calls for State Action on Jobs

Minnesota families need family-sustaining jobs. They don’t need them in a year or a decade; they need jobs now. Read more »

Thoughtless Think Tanks: Factoids v. Facts

Factoid Scholarship and Sound Bite Thinking About the History and Intent of Prevailing Wage Laws

Professor Peter Phillips from the University of Utah wrote a fascinating article about a decade ago. He describes the difference between "factoids" and "facts". This insightful article draws some light onto how news can be presented and absorbed for public consumption. Read more »

Sisters in the Building Trades

The mission of the Sisters in the Building Trades is to expand a network of active women that will affirm building trades sisters as a positive and growing part of the construction workforce. To increase the number of trades women through cooperative recruitment efforts and mentoring support for enhanced retention. Hold regular meetings allowing women to network and share their experiences; match mentors to new trades’ women; enter into partnership with disadvantaged women to provide encouragement and hope; and reinforce appropriate workplace conduct. Read more »

Death of the Liberal Class

On October 29th, Truthdig posted an excerpt of a new book, "Death of the Liberal Class" written by Chris Hedges. The book is an indictment of all institutions which have stood for progressive causes over the decades. Hedges maintains that in a traditional democracy, the liberal class functions as a safety valve. It makes piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Read more »

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