About 5 years ago

02/07/2017 - Midnight Reads – Obama Saw Low-Wage Workers as Struggling Moms. Trump May See Them as Suburban Teens.

Obama Saw Low-Wage Workers as Struggling Moms. Trump May See Them as Suburban Teens.
– The Los Angeles Times
Andy Puzder fondly recalls his first job: scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins for a buck an hour as a teenager. “I learned a lot about inventory and customer service, but there’s no way in the world that scooping ice cream is worth $15 an hour – no one ever intended it would be something that a person could support a family on.” Those comments encapsulate the starkly different approach the Trump administration is expected to take on low-wage workers compared with the Obama administration.

The End of Employees
– The Wall Street Journal
Never before have American companies tried so hard to employ so few people. The outsourcing wave that moved apparel-making jobs to China and call-center operations to India is now just as likely to happen inside companies across the U.S. and in almost every industry.

Apple, Facebook and Google Say Trump’s Travel Ban Would Hurt Business
– The New York Times
Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names have joined the court fight against President Trump’s immigration restrictions, as heavyweights like Apple, Google and Facebook warned that the limits could hurt the country’s economy. Tech executives cannot afford to alienate a large bloc of workers.

Kicking Out Immigrants Doesn’t Raise Wages
– The Economist
In the 1960s, President Kennedy sent home Mexican immigrants who were said to be holding down wages and taking jobs that could go to honest Americans. Did it lead to higher wages? The answer is a firm no.