Today’s News & Commentary — June 5, 2015

Check out Buzfeed report on Dem candidates courting AFT endorsement. Due to tech issues, we did not get back to the On Labor prison labor series but will — here or elsewhere. Please let us know what contingent, labor, and social justice issues you would be interested in reading more about.

ON LABOR

The workers of Gawker Media have voted to unionize, and will join the Writers Guild of America-East. The Washington Postdiscusses several reasons why this fast-paced union campaign was unique: the staff could use the Gawker platform to debate the merits of unionizing; Gawker’s ownership immediately declared neutrality; and Gawker is considered one of the more profitable and stable digital media companies. Bernie Lunzer, president of the Newsguild, told the Washington Post that it’s a harbinger of things to come” in digital media.

For more than three months, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has been at a historical low, reports the New York Times. Almost 2.2 million Americans receive unemployment benefits, the fewest since November 2000. Economists expect May’s jobs report to show a trend in employment growth, a decrease in layoffs, and a rebound in productivity after a harsh winter. Economists are divided, however, over whether…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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