Succession

When the credits finally roll on this year’s blockbuster production of Democratic Governance, the names will be familiar. Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi will tick by first. Then the breakout stars: intransigent conservatives Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and Josh Gottheimer; stubborn progressives Pramila Jayapal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush. Familiar bit players will follow: Jim Clyburn, Steny Hoyer, Kamala Harris.
Only if you wait until the theater has emptied and the lights have come on will you see the name Hakeem Jeffries.

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Op-Ed: Payouts for whistleblowers aren’t enough. Workers need to know they can make a difference

Last month, a former employee of Deutsche Bank hit the jackpot. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission awarded this publicly unnamed whistleblower almost $200 million for supplying “specific, credible, and timely original information” that aided the agency in its investigation into the illegal rigging of inter-bank interest rates. This was the largest whistleblower payment in history.
The former bank employee now joins a select group of whistleblowers who not only spoke out and were heard by the authorities, but also were rewarded handsomely for their effort.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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How the Build Back Better bill will help millions of Americans with hearing impairments

Growing up, Tom Hay helped to raise hogs and crops on the family farm, never thinking to protect his ears from the din of tractors, combines and other machinery.
And while his United Steelworkers (USW) contract provided safety controls and protective measures during his decades at Titan Tire, he wasn’t surprised when hearing tests revealed his ears aren’t as sharp as they used to be.
Right now, Congress is on the cusp of helping millions of Americans like Hay live better lives.

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Thankful for the men and women in blue

OPINION:
Thanksgiving is a time to gather family and friends, to share a feast of traditional food items and to reflect on the things we are thankful for.
This year we should all be particularly thankful for the men and women who dedicate their lives to law enforcement. At a time when certain parts of society seem to be coming apart at the seams, it is the boys in blue (and the girls too of course) that put their own safety second in an effort to protect the rest of us. 
Sadly this has become much more difficult for the modern-day brave warriors in the last couple of years.

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Want to fight for climate action but feel daunted or powerless? Try this | Tayo Bero

Want to fight for climate action but feel daunted or powerless? Try this

Tayo Bero

The scale of the crisis is intimidating. But most people are already members of organizations – like our employers, universities, unions or religious groups – that are great avenues to fight for concrete climate results

‘When the staff of Amazon took to the streets to join the global climate strike in September 2019, the company agreed to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans and committed to meeting Paris goals 10 years early.

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Want to fight for climate action but feel daunted or powerless? Try this | Tayo Bero

Want to fight for climate action but feel daunted or powerless? Try this

Tayo Bero

The scale of the crisis is intimidating. But most people are already members of organizations – like our employers, universities, unions or religious groups – that are great avenues to fight for concrete climate results

‘When the staff of Amazon took to the streets to join the global climate strike in September 2019, the company agreed to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans and committed to meeting Paris goals 10 years early.

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No pension. No savings. No future. No wonder we’re betting the house on crypto | Rohit Thawani

No pension. No savings. No future. No wonder we’re betting the house on crypto

Rohit Thawani

We need a way out. We need a way up. That’s why I – and so many others – have jumped into cryptocurrency with both feet

‘Every gain is a win for decentralization and every loss a reminder that crypto is a gamble, just like the stock market.’ Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

‘Every gain is a win for decentralization and every loss a reminder that crypto is a gamble, just like the stock market.

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Starbucks: Purveyor of Fresh Coffee and Stale Union-Busting

One of the most interesting union campaigns in recent years is happening right now in Buffalo, New York. Workers in three Starbucks outlets started a union organizing effort over their concerns about seniority pay, scheduling, staffing levels, and safety and health during COVID (plus, at one store an infestation of bees was left festering for months). Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board mailed ballots to the workers in these stores, who will have four weeks to vote on whether to unionize with Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

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Progressive Social Security Reform Meets Reality

Republicans learned some hard political lessons from the failure of their 2005 reform push. Now, it’s Democrats’ turn.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F rom the mid 1990s through the mid 2000s, Social Security reform was a conservative issue. Seemingly every Republican senator or representative had a plan to fix America’s underfunded retirement program. Then, after the failure of President George W. Bush’s 2005 reform effort, Republican enthusiasm dwindled and Democrats came to have the issue all to themselves.

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