Labor, power, and politics

Barry Eidlin (Rutgers): Class vs. Special Interest: Labor, Power, and Politics in the United States and Canada in the Twentieth Century. Ilana Gershon (Indiana): Selling Your Self in the United States. Junk the phrase “human capital” — the term has added nothing but conceptual confusion for the last 50 years. Jessica Fink (California Western): Madonnas and Whores in the Workplace. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on how the death of American unions is killing American marriage. Cynthia L. Estlund (NYU): Are Unions a Constitutional Anomaly? From Boston Review, can Richard Trumka save the labor movement? Amy B. Dean investigates. Nicholas Kristof’s pathetic mea culpa: Elias Isquith on why the columnist’s union U-turn is so unsatisfying. Lydia DePillis on the rise of the non-compete agreement, from tech workers to sandwich makers. In service sector, no rest for the working. Out of trouble, but criminal records keep men out of work. Danielle Paquette on how unemployment warps your personality over time. Eduardo Porter on globalization that works for workers at home. Even better than a tax cut: What workers really need are higher wages. Ed Pilkington on how a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes: American Legislative Exchange Council combines litigation and legislation in two-pronged attack on new battleground of workers’ rights. The simple reason Walmart and TJ Maxx are handing out raises — people are quitting.