When it comes to education, few would dispute that youngsters who have access to high-quality child care and early learning opportunities have a better chance at lifelong success.
Now, two research reports show that unions are playing a big role in helping child care providers bring the highest level of care to the children and families they serve. Another study calls for more effective public investment in early childhood education.
College grads today are wondering whether education plus hard work is really the formula for success—and for good reason. The missing ingredient in that formula? It’s leverage. The power of collective action.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to head to New York where Occupy Wall Street is now entering its third week. I had just flown into New York City from Minneapolis and was coming off the enthusiasm and passion of 800 young workers at the AFL-CIO Next Up Summit. Young workers at the Summit issued a statement of support for Occupy Wall Street, and I had to see and experience the movement first-hand.
Roughly half of the workers who lost jobs during the recession are employed (51 percent), about one-third are unemployed (33 percent) and the remainder are not in the labor force, according to survey results released Sept. 1 by Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center and a co-author of the study, said, “The workers we surveyed, who represent the views of millions of unemployed Americans,
are eager—if not desperate—for the government to create policies that will bring down high unemployment and grow the economy.