We are often the first to point out that HUD has fallen short in its mandate to promote racial integration in its housing programs, but we also recognize when HUD does the right thing. I attended the Fair Housing Month celebration last month and was moved by the stories we heard.
"Raising the Bar," a recent survey of employers conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, indicates clearly what a majority of employers believe college students should develop a greater understanding of.
Gone is the word "retirement" from our lexicons, replaced by words like "rebooting" and "re-wiring.
As we've seen the dramatic surge of the New York City startup scene over the past few years, so we will also see other unexpected places all over the United States breaking through in the coming years.
Even as the labor market expanded in 2012, union membership fell again, both in the private and public sectors, according to data released this morning by the BLS.
This is a time of hyper-partisan warfare, when selfishness parades itself as a virtue. But amidst all that smoke there are still some of us who can discern the bare outlines of something called "the common good." The common good -- that's our flag. And that's why unions are different.
Now, as during the New Deal, workers must undertake the task of organizing. But now, as then, government has an important role to play to grow the middle class as workers seek to maintain unions, negotiate contracts, and secure higher wages and improved workplace protections.
In the 1950s, the U.S. was prosperous, optimistic and confident. Union membership was a staggering 35 percent. Today, we're not only struggling, we're polarized, pissed-off, overfed, underappreciated, pessimistic and wrapped too tight. Union membership barely moves the needle.
Today, as social, economic and demographic realities emerge all over the world -- and come to a head in places like Wisconsin and Michigan and Greece -- unions are struggling to survive.
With Rick Snyder signing into law anti-union "Right-to-Work" on the heels of Scott Walker's effort to curb collective bargaining for public employees, it has been a tumultuous time for organized labor. In NYC, we must recognize that without the dedicated service of union workers the effects of the hurricane would have been immeasurable