Commentary

Nineteen years after 9/11, Americans continue to fear foreign extremists and...

On a Tuesday morning in September 2001, the American experience with terrorism was fundamentally altered. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six people were killed...

Vision Iowa was a smart investment in communities. The state should...

There was a milestone of note recently, and it is a shame there was not a big public celebration. Twenty years ago, Gov. Tom Vilsack...

Labor Day celebrates earning a living, but remember what work really...

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. employment is dire. Economists estimate that 1 in 5 workers have lost their jobs. As a...

The labor-busting law firms and consultants that keep Google, Amazon and...

American companies have been very successful at preventing their workers from organizing into unions in recent decades, one of the reasons unionization in the...

Where will Iowa’s economic recovery leave workers?

The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of...

What the CDC eviction ban means for tenants and landlords: 6...

Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on Sept. 1 banning evictions of people who lost work as a...

Why police unions are not part of the American labor movement

In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, news reports have suggested that police unions bear some...

Herd immunity won’t solve America’s COVID-19 problem

After months battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of “herd immunity” is back in the news. This has been stoked by reports about the White...

U.S. unemployment data fail to capture COVID-19’s full impact – here’s...

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed dangerous weaknesses in America’s aging public data system. In one of the greatest jobs crises in the past 100...

Who’s to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?

Public health experts have given us a long list of ways we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Unfortunately for Iowa’s universities, students,...
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