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Can a new brand of unions help America’s workers? — Thomas Kochan

From Fortune Hardly a day goes by when American unions are not attacked from some quarter: Last week, the Supreme Court weakens unions representing home care workers, one of the lowest paid and fastest growing occupations. This follows another ruling struck earlier last month in which a California judge threw out teacher tenure, due process and seniority rules under the dubious theory they are the cause of persistent inequality in education outcomes. And in 2011, Wisconsin’s governor decimated public sector unions by taking away state and local government employee rights to collective bargaining, reversing a policy in place since 1959. It’s clear that for years most private sector employers have successfully fought union organizing and collective bargaining using every legal delaying tactic and in many cases illegally firing workers. Wal-Mart  WMT 0.42% ,the nation’s largest private employer, is the most visible case in point. By deploying its union-fighting swat team from corporate headquarters to any store that shows … Read More »The post Can a new brand of unions help America’s workers? — Thomas Kochan appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >

A professor finds gender bias on Wall Street — Lily Fang

From Wall Street Journal Men and women have different experiences when it comes to Wall Street careers. And those differences fascinate Lily Fang. Dr. Fang, an associate professor of finance on the Singapore campus of the business school Insead, has spent the past five years or so delving into how gender affects the career-development paths of stock-research analysts on Wall Street. What she and co-author Sterling Huang of Singapore Management University found was that the networking and personal connections that male analysts rely on so heavily to get ahead are much less useful for women in similar jobs. Dr. Fang says the audience for this type of gender research has grown in recent years as it has become apparent that women—despite making great strides in many competitive industries—remain underrepresented in top echelons of the corporate world. A native of Shanghai with a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton … Read More »The post A professor finds gender bias on Wall Street — Lily Fang appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >






 

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