Faltering commitment and bad PR have given the green jobs movement a bad name. But the basic tenets of the plan - austerity and environmental preservation - could cut costs and add jobs across the country. Will U.S. politicians ever catch up with the realities of scarcity?
In the news today: An unexpected Seattle-splitting redistricting proposal, D.C. Republicans' petty punishment of the National Labor Relations Board, and Montana's (slightly delayed) Roosevelt backlash.
Teachers unions, as unions should do, have acted in the best interests of their members, a new book argues. That has meant blocking significant reform and overriding the needs of students. One solution: computerized learning.
Paid sick leave legislation such as the Seattle City Council is considering makes sense, because when people work sick they infect others. Seattle's politicians should listen to the public and enact a mandate.
A key lawmaker rebuts an earlier column that asserted the Legislature punished workers. Instead, there were valuable new features to protect workers, and the trims were sensible measures to protect the fund from serious damage.
Gov. Gregoire joined Republicans and quite a few Democrats to create a system that transfers money to businesses, at the expense of injured workers and the surviving relatives of workers who are killed.
"With collective bargaining in the private sector all but a dead letter—just 6.6 percent of private-sector employees are union members, and the legal obstacles to organizing new members grow steadily steeper—SEIU is one of several major unions shifting their focus to actions that publicize the economic and social costs of ever-growing low-wage employment."