Information on real-time issues important to public employees -- #MeToo, affordable housing, the effort to cut pay, benefits, staff
• #MeToo power shift must be sustained by organized labor. Unions can lead the way on empowering women, ending sexual harassment. From Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council: http://www.thestand.org/2017/11/metoo-power-shift-must-be-sustained/
• Want to Fight Sexual Harassment and Discrimination? Unionize.
This advice from two noted advocates and researchers (we've worked closely with Marilyn Watkins over the years) is valid for all public employees, academic and non-academic. The headlines disturb us -- and move us to act.
• Not until the crisis of housing is addressed can any of us live with a real sense of dignity. From Dissentmagazine.org: “(B)y impeding worker mobility and recruitment, “too-stringent housing regulations in high-wage, high-productivity cities” have resulted in “slower economic growth, fewer jobs,” “lower wages across the nation,” and ultimately “forgone gross domestic product” of $1.4 trillion.” https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/hsieh-moretti-affordable-housing-free-market-fantasy
• From the Seattle Times: Want a home in Seattle area? You’ll need an $11,000 raise; The Puget Sound region led the nation in home-price increases again, the 13th straight month that’s happened. In practical terms, buyers need to be making a lot more money to afford a mortgage. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-area-homebuyers-needed-11000-pay-raise-in-past-year-to-keep-up-with-rising-prices/
The drive by out-of-state forces to cut public employees’ pay, benefits, staff
From CNN Money: Here's what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions. Pay, benefits cut. Turnover. Not good.