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Kap, Collusion, and Labor Market Competition

Kap, Collusion, and Labor Market Competition

There are only a few dozen people on the planet who can play QB in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick is one of them. Yet, even though he’s expressed an eagerness to return to the playing field, Kaepernick has now been passed over for QB positions on several clubs. Many NFL stars--including Tom Brady, Richard Sherman, and Brandon Weedon (who was recently hired over Kaepernick for the Ravens’ backup role)--are convinced that Kap’s got the talent to be on the field. If that’s true, then why is he still out of work?

Analyzing James Damore’s Employment-Related Claims against Google—Part Three

Analyzing James Damore’s Employment-Related Claims against Google—Part Three

James Damore, the Google employee fired for his internal memo on diversity programs and “monocultures,” has raised claims of interference with protected concerted activity as well as retaliation for his complaints about Google’s allegedly discriminatory policies.  But Damore and his attorneys have charged Google with a third potential motive and attendant violation: firing him for his political and ideological views.  A claim oriented around political, ideological, or viewpoint discrimination may seem to fit most naturally with Damore’s memo, as it criticizes the ideological culture at Google and presses for more free-flowing discussion and debate, particularly around issues of workplace diversity.

Guest Post: Why UBI Proponents Should Support Labor Law Reform

Guest Post: Why UBI Proponents Should Support Labor Law Reform

In recent years, political actors from a wide variety of backgrounds have begun to advocate for an unconditional basic income (UBI). The core idea is simple: the state would give all citizens or lawful residents regular cash grants without work requirements or means tests. I find the idea appealing, all else being equal, since it could help alleviate or even end dire poverty. But I believe any path to a progressive UBI must run through labor law reforms such as higher minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining rights. In this post, I explain why.