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The Wisconsin Debate – The Basics and Implications of Public Sector Collective Bargaining Legislation

By Amanda Huffman Wisconsin’s recently passed legislation to limit public workers’ collective bargaining rights has ignited a fiery debate over public sector union power in the United States. Despite the complexity of unions in this country, the discussion is often boiled down to a political faceoff between anti-union conservatives and pro-union liberals. Regrettably, such simplification…

A Call for Innovation: Maintaining America’s “Software” While Pooling Global Talent

By Elizabeth Laferriere In the State of the Union address President Barack Obama challenged his countrymen to “out-innovate” the rest of the world and “make America the best place on Earth to do business.” His emotive rhetoric appealed to the perception of America’s entrepreneurial spirit: “what we can do – what America does better than…

Healthy Debt Debate

by Chris Hildebrand The Congressional Budget Office released its January 2011 Economic Outlook on Wednesday, and the news was…not good. While the economy showed continued signs of recovery, it will be several years before unemployment returns to a level resembling normal – unemployment won’t dip below 8% until after 2012 has come and gone. Of…

A Walmart Manager, a Farmer, and a Bodega Owner Walk into a City Planner’s Office: Food Deserts, Urban Agriculture, and Nutrition in the City

by Scott Baumgartner The first Walmart in the city of Chicago opened in 2006 following a bitter fight between supporters, including Mayor Richard Daley, and opponents, including the zoning board, who showed their opposition by passing a bill that would have required Walmart to pay its Chicago employees a base wage of $13 per hour….

The Politics of Labor

by Deena Al Shatti The UNDP estimates that there are nearly 200 million migrant workers worldwide. Migrant workers often leave their home countries to gain employment in other, more developed countries. Their reasons for migration are varied, but the vast majority move in order to send money home to their families – the World Bank…