New Reports: Unionization, Wage Rights, Paid Sick Days, Teen Dating Violence, and Privatization of the PA Turnpike

Still Open for Business: Unionization Has No Causal Effect on Firm Closures - This Economic Policy Institute briefing paper offers overwhelming evidence that unionization does not cause businesses to fail.  When you compares data on business failures among unionized and similar nonunion firms and concludes that unionized businesses are no more likely than nonunion ones to fail.

2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card - This report by Break the Cycle finds that teens facing dating violence often are not recognized under most states laws as facing domestic abuse or being able to access the same legal and social services support as adults.  Only five states -- California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Oklahoma -- received A grades in the report, while eleven states received grades of failure to defend teens from dating violence.

Wage and Hour Division’s Complaint Intake and Investigative Processes Leave Low Wage Workers Vulnerable to Wage Theft - This scathing report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the systematic failure of federal employment laws to protect low-wage workers facing minimum wage and overtime abuses by employers-- highlighting the need for both federal reforms and stepped up efforts by states to better enforce their own laws.

Our Economy Needs Family Values at Work Now More than Ever - This fact sheet by Family Values at Work highlights that two-fifths of all private sector workers and 3 out of 4 low-wage workers have no paid sick days, while legislation to require paid sick days would actually reduce overall business costs through health care savings and increased productivity.

Driven by Dollars - This Pew Center on the States study analyzed Pennsylvania’s recent debate about leasing its turnpike as a case study on the standards needed for discussing any kind of transportation leasing relationships with the private sector, including realistic financial assumptions, real oversight mechanisms involving transparency and accountability, and long-term projections of the effect on taxpayers, the economy and the environment.