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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today:

The Working Class Is Sinking and Dragging Walmart Down With It, Slate

Business continues to disappoint at Walmart's U.S. locations. The big-box retailer reported on Thursday that sales at existing stores were flat in the latest quarter after declining for the previous five.

High-Tech's Service Workers Are a Growing Underclass, USA Today

Michael Johnson used to work as a field engineer in the telecommunications industry, but that job was wiped out in the dot-com bust.

Starbucks to Revise Work Scheduling Policies, The New York Times

Starbucks announced changes to its worker scheduling policies on Thursday, in response to a New York Times article about a barista and single mother struggling to manage life amid her erratic hours set by automated software.

Fast Food Companies Just Lost a Really Big Fight in California, The Huffington Post

Delivering a blow to McDonald's and other fast-food chain owners, the California State Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would expand the rights of franchisees in their dealings with the brands under whose names they operate.

Powerful D.C. Lobbies Join Fight Against Seattle Minimum Wage, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Two of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, D.C.—the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association—have joined in a lawsuit against Seattle’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance.

Among Workers at Revel There's Shock, Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Even Some Optimism, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The 3,200 workers who have made Revel home the last 28 months are hoping against hope that the casino snags a buyer before its targeted Sept. 10 closing to save their jobs and a key piece of Atlantic City's skyline.

In Order to Grow, Does Labor Need to Shrink?, In These Times

Two recent developments hint that the beleaguered American labor movement could find a way to expand by, counterintuitively, narrowing the size of its locals and bargaining units.

More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter, UALR Public Radio

In the U.S., paternity leave is a luxury. It's the only developed nation that doesn't guarantee paid time off, even for new mothers.

I'm 57 and Owe $152,000 in Student Loans, CNN Money

Rosemary Anderson, 57, is on the hook for $152,000 in student loans she took out 20 years ago. 

Senators Seek Moratorium on U.S. Postal Service Closures, The Wall Street Journal

Fifty senators on Thursday joined forces to try to halt for one year a U.S. Postal Service plan to close 82 mail sorting centers, cut 15,000 jobs and slow delivery speed for some letters.

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