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Promoting Sustainable Work Practices
By Nina Babich. Lowe's and Home Depot in Kansas City each recently told their workers that full time jobs would now be half time. Managers were even reduced to half-time; two people will now be used to fill one manager position instead. The reason? The employers don't want to have to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Heaven forbid stock holders should realize lower returns
Innovation in Action – Tackling Long-Term Unemployment
In a conference room in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 30 CSW staff and board members – armed with little more than knowledge, coffee, and Mr. Sketch markers – took on the task of solving America’s long-term unemployment crisis. We came up with some great ideas we’re looking to explore and prototype in the coming months: Encore internships New methods for documenting worker skills Better
Long-Term Unemployment is Still a Vexing Problem
By Larry Good. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its regular monthly unemployment report. Its headline that national unemployment fell to 7.6% in March masks a troublesome trend: the decline was caused mostly by a reduction in workforce participation (the number of people either working or looking for work). The participation rate fell to 63.3%, the lowest since 1979. Nearly a
Building Family Economic Security in Grand Rapids, MI
By Kysha Frazier. What do you get when you put CSW together with 7 community stakeholder groups in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 2 full days of brainstorming? More than 350 distinct ideas aimed at creating economic opportunities for the city’s families! [caption id="attachment_219" align="alignnone" width="300"] Just a sampling of the ideas from one stakeholder session.[/caption] It was
Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Thanks to my colleague Mike King reminding me that the University of Michigan hosts a number of great speakers, forums, and other events in honor and celebration of Martin Luther King’s legacy, I was delighted to listen to Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Policy Law Center, speak this morning and share stories about his social and economic justice work. I also participated in a dialogue sess