Manuel Madrid

Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect

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The Happiest Place On Earth? Not For Disney Employees

Disney employees in Florida and California cry foul as the entertainment giant uses promised one-time bonuses as a bargaining chip against higher pay raises.

spatuletai/Shutterstock The entrance to Disney World in Orlando, Florida trickle-downers_35.jpg F or a scenic view of America’s corporate-captured economy, just take a vacation to Disney World, where it appears that someone forgot to tell employees that they work at the Happiest Place On Earth. More than 35,000 Disney employees in Orlando had little to smile about on Monday as ongoing union contract negotiations with the entertainment giant took a turn for the worse. The Services Trade Council, a coalition of unions representing the Disney World Resorts workers, has accused Walt Disney Co. of throwing cold water on employee demands for higher wages, by turning a promised $1,000 one-time bonus into a bargaining chip. On Tuesday, nearly 2,500 miles away at the other “Happiest Place on Earth,” a union representing more than 2,700 Disneyland Resort employees in California filed their own federal charge to the National Labor Relations Board. The entertainment giant’s January announcement...

Amazon Warehouses May Leave Cities Worse For Wear

A new report finds that localities with Amazon warehouses haven’t seen an overall boost in employment.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Myrtice Harris packages products for shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. trickle-downers_35.jpg T he battle between cities to host Amazon’s second headquarters continues to dominate headlines, but the new HQ remains only the latest and largest prize in the tech giant’s long history of masterfully soliciting public subsidies. In Amazon’s quest to control same-day delivery, its network of almost 100 fulfillment centers—where products are sorted, packaged, and shipped—has now spread across 25 states. Lured by the prospect of hundreds or even thousands of new full-time warehouse jobs with competitive pay and benefits, local government officials crawl over each other to land the world’s largest online retailer in their backyard. But according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), many of these policymakers might really be selling their constituents short. The report found that, on average, counties that are home to Amazon...

Jeff Sessions Is Just Getting Started on Deporting More Immigrants

He’s speeding up their hearings, and if that leads to expelling exemplary immigrants on whose paperwork the government is sitting—well, that’s tough.

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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department T his could be Jeff Sessions’s year. Not that he wasn’t busy in 2017, a year marked by his rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), attacking sanctuary cities, reinstating debtors’ prisons, and cracking down on recreational marijuana. Indeed, over these last few months Sessions appears to have been working with the single-minded focus of a man who reportedly came within inches of losing his job in July after falling into President Trump’s bad graces for recusing himself from the Mueller probe. But 2018 will provide him his best chance yet at Trumpian redemption. Sessions has long railed against the United States’ “broken” asylum system and the massive backlog of immigration court cases, which has forced immigrants to suffer unprecedented wait times and has put a significant strain on court resources. But the attorney general’s appetite for reform has now...

What Republicans Have Learned from Their Tax Cut Debacles: Nothing

Despite the failures of trickle-down economics in Kansas and Oklahoma, Nebraska seems poised to give it a go.

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AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Lincoln trickle-downers_35.jpg L ess than two weeks into the new legislative session, Nebraska lawmakers already look to be moving full speed ahead on enacting corporate and top-rate tax cuts—even amid an ongoing budget shortfall that has resulted in severe spending cuts to state services. During his State of the State address on Wednesday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts introduced the preliminary framework for a tax plan that would see the state’s top corporate and income tax rate cut twice over the next two years. The address marked what will be a second attempt by the governor at passing a tax reform bill after a plan he sponsored fell six votes short of passing the state’s Republican majority unicameral legislature last year, thanks to opposition from Democrats and some moderate Republicans. This bipartisan group of dissenters felt the bill didn’t do enough for...

The Other Imperiled Immigrants

For no good reason, other than spite and symbolism, Trump goes after Central American immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.

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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster A woman holds up a sign that reads "Defend DACA Defend TPS" during a rally supporting DACA outside the White House This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . UPDATE: On Friday, May 4, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protections for 57,000 Hondurans currently living and work in the United States. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the damage and disruption in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1999 was not substantial enough to merit a renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Honduras’s TPS designation had been set to expire in November 2017, but former Acting Secretary Elaine Duke delayed the decision for six months. In her short time as head of DHS, Nielsen has eliminated protections for nearly 50,000 Haitians, 9,000 Nepalis, and some 200,000 Salvadorans. Salvadoran TPS holders have until September 2019 to change their immigration status, leave...

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