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The Co-Employer Fight at McDonald’s Searches for an Employer and a Strategy

protest at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Park

New Orleans       More than a thousand fast food workers rallied at a convention center near O’Hare Airport in Chicago in a boisterous, morale boosting event sponsored by the Service Employees International Union in the on-going campaign for a living wage. More interesting is the ongoing effort by the [...]

French Fudging May Point to Coming Business Loopholes in US on Employer Mandates

New Orleans     The headline in the Times spoke of “the 49ers of France,” conjuring up images of the 49ers of California Gold Rush fame, drawing me in completely. These 49ers though were small business owners who moved heaven and earth to not allow their businesses to reach 50 employees which would in the Times’ words, “unleash nearly three dozen French labor [...]

Wholesale Bank Retreat from Lending to Lower Income and Minority Borrowers

New Orleans      The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) passed in 1978, more than 35 years ago, was straightforward. Banks could no longer redline, meaning they could not use the deposits from lower income and minority neighborhoods to finance mansions for the rich in the sprawling suburbs. More plainly stated, they could not discriminate in their lending. [...]

Taking the Affordable Out of the Affordable Care Act

Shreveport          Two different federal appeals courts, one in the notoriously Republican-dominated, 2nd Circuit in Washington, DC, and the other a bit more mainstream in Richmond, Virginia came down with contradictory decisions on whether or not the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies to be given in the 36 states where Governors and state legislators have stood [...]

How Can We Get the “Rip Us Off Now” Sign Off Our Back?

New Orleans    I just have to wonder why when we are in a period of historic wealth and income concentration at the top, there are so many outfits trying to rip off low-and-moderate income families at the bottom? The hustles keep rolling down on our people like an avalanche.

The Student Debt Project issued a report [...]

Taxpayers Should Never Have to Subsidize Discrimination

New Orleans      The White House has announced that President Obama will sign an executive order barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.  Essentially, the President is adding sexual orientation and preference from government contracts as part of the banned list including race, color, sex, national origin, and religious preference.  The order is estimated [...]