It is the dream of practically every American to be their own boss. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is offering a plan to make that a reality — sort of — for many workers by requiring firms with more than $1 billion in revenue to acquire a federal charter and fill at least 40 percent of their board seats with employee representatives. The idea, known as co-determination, is already reality in Germany and Scandinavia. And as socialists talking of “democratic workplaces” surge in popularity, apparently it’s gaining traction here. The fact that Germany and others manage to make it work should quiet fears on the right that co-determination must necessarily cause some sort of corporate holocaust. And yet, the fact that co-determination seems to truly succeed only in one fairly small area of Europe should give the left some pause, too. Scandinavian culture, vastly more collaborative and trusting than American culture, has no disasters comparable to those … [Read more...] about Is American capitalism ready for ‘democratic workplaces’?
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One could say that Ron Gan just took a mulligan. The Portland developer took a swing at developing an old driving range at the city-owned Riverside Golf Course into live-work spaces and a brewery. But he whiffed, primarily because the land was not for sale. And he offered only $1 to buy the 3-acre tract.But now Gan, of Innovative Green Living, has teed up a new location – a 2-acre site about a mile away, near a cluster of craft breweries that include Allagash, Foundation and Austin Street breweries. Ron Gan Gan said the new location, which he has under contract, has a direct connection to Portland Trails and a stairway that leads down to the Presumpscot River, making it a prime spot for creative types to unwind. “It’s a better piece of land than the driving range,” Gan said. “I still love it there. But this site has a much better feel to it. I think it’s going to be pretty cool.” Gan’s plans for 874 Riverside St., which were made public … [Read more...] about Live-at-work proposal revived for Riverside Street in Portland
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Today's talker: Relocating U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a positive thing for the Middle East Pundits and readers go over the U.S. Embassy's move to Jerusalem and the deadly protests that have accompanied it. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Published 2:29 p.m. ET May 14, 2018 CLOSE More than 40 Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire as outcry mounts ahead of the U.S. Embassy's opening in Jerusalem. USA TODAY Pundits and readers go over the U.S. Embassy's move to Jerusalem and the deadly protests that have accompanied it. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about Today’s talker: Relocating U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a positive thing for the Middle East
Teachers in Tucson’s largest school district shouldn’t expect a 9 percent raise next year, even though the governor promised it and the state Legislature allocated enough for the district to cover it.Instead, Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he expects to spread that money around to all “educators” who touch the lives of children — even the janitors.“I see us supporting the educators as defined by this movement, those that are touching the lives of kids and working directly with kids. It’s about the monitors, it’s about teachers, it’s about the counselors, it’s about the custodians, it’s about the secretaries at our schools, it’s about the office assistants,” he said.The Legislature passed and Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget that includes an additional $272 million for teacher raises, or roughly enough to give all certified “teachers” in the state a 9 percent pay … [Read more...] about 9% teacher raise could be used for other staff, Tucson Unified boss says
MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN The mainstream media continually reminds us Mississippians how little we have, how bleak the outlook is, how we are last in every positive socio-economic metric, and how we are first in every negative socio-economic metric. And while there is empirical data to support some of these claims, I chose (and it is a choice) to take a contrarian view of my Mississippi. On a canvas pre-painted with paradox and hypocrisy, I see Mississippi not as the caboose of the train of progress, but as a state rich with opportunity and hope. Sure, we have a tainted past wrought with systematic and institutionalized disenfranchisement. However, the Mississippi I see comprises people willing to not only acknowledge this social and economic imbalance, but to work towards creating avenues of equity and inclusionary business practices. I see Mississippians reaffirming their commitment to community through increased local investment and hiring practices. I see Mississippians, … [Read more...] about MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Creativity is the great equalizer for Mississippi