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The Neurodiversity Movement Finds a Friend in Microsoft, But Tough Questions About Employment Lie Ahead

By: Michael Bernick The neurodiversity in employment movement came to our state last week. On the morning of June 6, over 200 neurodiversity advocates from around the country gathered at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, for the “Neurodiversity in the High Tech Workforce” conference. The event demonstrated the growing heft of the movement, while also indicating some of the… Read more →

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Laid-Off Americans, Required to Zip Lips on Way Out, Grow Bolder

Technology workers from Abbott Laboratories gathered in April at a North Chicago bar after the company laid off about 150 of them. JOSHUA LOTT FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES By JULIA PRESTON LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — American corporations are under new scrutiny from federal lawmakers after well-publicized episodes in which the companies laid off American workers and gave the jobs to foreigners on temporary… Read more →

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We Don’t Have a Wage Problem; We Have a Money Problem

By: Samuel Bryan   On June 7, the Washington DC Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. DC joins New York and California, along with a number of major US cities that have made the move to boost the minimum wage over the last year. The DC Council’s vote was a major symbolic victory for… Read more →

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Should Engineers Really be Judged by Their Resume Writing Skills?

By: Ritika Trikha Martin Harriman wanted to make his way back to the software industry after a decades-long break building hardware, so he did what most people do when they’re trying to change industries. He carefully tailored his resume and cover letter to downplay his hardware experience and—in turn—emphasize his skills, knowledge and expertise in software. A quick CTRL-F command… Read more →

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Minimum Wage Blowback: From Fast Food to Whole Foods

  By Chris Rossini   Government “help” always produces blowback. When government force is used to supposedly benefit “workers,” employers adapt. It’s during that adaptation process that the government “help” inevitably turns into government “hurt”. The “Fight for 15” thing has caused fast-food restaurants to rapidly automate. From McDonalds to Wendy’s (who is putting kiosks in all 6,000 restaurants), those who… Read more →

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Losing Ground In Flyover America——Wanting For Work, Buried In Debt, Part 4

By: David Stockman   The flyover zones of America are wanting for work and buried in debt. That’s the legacy of three decades of Washington/Wall Street Bubble Finance. The latter has exported jobs, crushed the purchasing power of main street wages and showered the bicoastal elites with the windfalls of financialization. The graph below depicts the main street side of this great societal… Read more →