Today’s News & Commentary – June 8, 2015

ON LABOR

The New York Times reports that 350,000 childcare work days have been lost in Germany so far due to a strike that started in mid May. The strike initially began when an association of municipal employers refused to grant the Verdi services sector trade union’s demands for pay raises and changes to job descriptions for child care workers. Although the parties announced on Thursday that they would enter mediation to resolve the dispute, Verdi head, Frank Bsirske, has stated on Bavarian broadcasting that parents should urge communal employers to pay their childcare staff more, because “otherwise the strike could extend over weeks.”

The latest jobs report indicates that the U.S. added 380,000 jobs in May, better than the 225,000 that was expected, according to Wonkblog. The report indicated that the average hourly earnings for employees on private payrolls rose by 8 cents in May—a 2.3 percent increase from last…

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