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12/22/2016 - Midnight Reads – D.C. Council Votes for Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave for Private-Sector Workers

D.C. Council Votes for Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave for Private-Sector Workers
– The Washington Post
The D.C. Council gave final approval Tuesday to a plan that will provide private-sector workers some of the nation’s most generous family and medical leave benefits, fighting off a last-minute revolt by the city’s business establishment and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.

Labor Leaders Grapple with Union Member Dissatisfaction with Democrats
– The Kansas City Star
For decades, union members have formed the backbone of the Democratic Party’s constituency – and Democratic leaders, in turn, have fought to protect union interests in state capitals and Washington, D.C. That connection, in place since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now faces a crisis.

College Enrollment Drops 1.4% as Adults Head Back to Work
– The Wall Street Journal
Despite aggressive efforts nationwide to boost the number of people who attend college, enrollments declined this fall for the fifth straight year. Better job prospects for older potential students and a stalled pipeline of new high-school graduates added to the continued woes in the for-profit college sector.

Yellen: Globalization Makes Higher Education Increasingly Important
– The Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen defended the value of higher education as a protection against the pressures of technological change and globalization. A college degree increasingly will be important in helping workers compete in a world-wide labor market that is constantly inventing ways to replace people with machines, she told the graduating class of the University of Baltimore on Monday.