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Put the blame on me

More distressing news arrived weeks ago when it was reported that the usually secure pension fund was in jeopardy. Suddenly, there was a gaping doughnut hole in the fund, stretching to $3.5 billion. According to a story by Mary Williams Walsh in the New York Times, the city has promised its workers “more than they can reasonably expect to deliver.” “The problem,” she continued, “has nothing to do with the u ...

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Your paycheck, the economy and the minimum wage

When most of us go out to eat, we may not think about workers who make restaurants possible. People like me and the folks I work with can’t help but think about the restaurant workers because we are those workers. We earn our living preparing and serving fast food. You may have been hearing more about us recently. Some of our colleagues held strikes this summer in cities across the nation. Some restaurant w ...

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Detroit: Death certificate or rebirth?

Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate? Or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and well-situated as Detroit will not die. Already, there are plans for a $400 million hockey stadium, despite all the tales of woe and danger put forth by various media outlets. All things considered, will Detroit’s majority po ...

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